Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber

Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber

Professor, chairholder

Institute of Political Science
Chair of Middle East Politics and Society

Room: Room 0.018
Kochstraße 4
91054 Erlangen


Short biography

Thomas Demmelhuber is Professor of Middle East Politics and Society at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before he was Assistant Professor for Political Science at the University of Hildesheim (2012-2015). His PhD in 2008 on EU-Egyptian relations was awarded with the German Middle East Studies Association’s dissertation prize for best PhD in Middle Eastern studies. Demmelhuber’s research focuses on state, power and politics in the Middle East from a comparative perspective including international actors such as the European Union. Demmelhuber has published/edited numerous books, e.g. in 2018, he co-edited, together with Tobias Schumacher and Andreas Marchetti, The Routledge Handbook on European Neighbourhood Policy  and in 2020 together with Marianne Kneuer a comprehensive volume on Authoritarian Gravity Centres: A Cross-Regional Study of Authoritarian Promotion and Diffusion. For more information on e.g. awards, third-party funding, research projects and services to the scientific community, click here.


Selected peer-reviewed publications (for a full list click here):

Temptations of Autocracy: How Saudi Arabia Influences and Attracts Its Neighbourhood, in: Journal of Arabian Studies, 1/2020 (with Tobias Zumbrägel)

Decentralisation as Authoritarian Upgrading? Evidence from Jordan and Morocco, in: The Journal of North African Studies, 2020, online first: DOI 0.1080/13629387.2020.1787837 (together with Erik Vollmann, Miriam Bohn and Roland Sturm)

Playing the Diversity Card: Saudi-Arabia’s Foreign Policy under the Salmans, in: The International Spectator, 4/2019

Decentralization in the Arab world: Conceptualizing the role of neopatrimonial networks, in: Mediterranean Politics, 2018, online first, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2018.1559391 (together with Roland Sturm and Erik Vollmann)

Playing the regional card: why and how authoritarian gravity centres exploit regional organizations, in: Third World Quarterly, (2018 online first), 3/2019 (together with Marianne Kneuer, Raphael Peresson und Tobias Zumbrägel)

Gravity centres of authoritarian rule: a conceptual approach, in: Democratization, 5/2016, (together with Marianne Kneuer)

Monarchies and republics, state and regime, durability and fragility in view of the Arab spring, in: Journal of Arabian Studies, 2/2014 (together with Claudia Derichs)

Rethinking the Monarchy-Republic Gap in the Middle East, in: Journal of Arabian Studies, 2/2014 (together with Russell Lucas & Claudia Derichs)

The EU and the Gulf monarchies: Normative Power Europe in search of a strategy, in: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 3/2014 (together with Christian Kaunert)

Autoritäre Regime, Neue Medien und das Regimedilemma: eine Fallstudie zu Ägypten, in: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, 1/2014 (together with Hanan Badr)

Kann ein Putsch demokratisch sein? Normativer Etikettenschwindel in Ägypten, in: Zeitschrift für Politik, 1/2014

The EU and Illegal Migration in the Southern Mediterranean. The Trap of Competing Policy Concepts, in: International Journal of Human Rights, 6/2011

Die Union für das Mittelmeer: Ambitionen und Realität – eine ernüchternde Zwischenbilanz der französisch-ägyptischen Präsidentschaft, in: integration, 2/2011 (together with Andreas Marchetti)

Egypt’s Moment of Reform and its Reform Actors: The Variety-Capability Gap, in: Democratization, 1/2009