Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber

  • Job title: Professor, chairholder
  • Organization: Department of Political Science
  • Working group: Lehrstuhl für Politik und Gesellschaft des Nahen Ostens
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22315
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-26654
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Kochstraße 4
    91054 Erlangen
    Room 0.018
  • Office hours: Weekly Mon, 11:00 - 12:30, Room 0.018, Kochstr. 4, Reguläre Sprechstunde im laufenden Semester


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 (reviewed e.g. in Journal of Common Market Studies 7/2018).

For more information on e.g. awards, third-party funding and research projects, click here.


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

Decentralization in the Arab world: Conceptualizing the role of neopatrimonial networks, in: Mediterranean Politics, 2018, online first, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2018.1559391 (mit Roland Sturm und 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