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Tobias Zumbrägel, M.A.

  • Job title: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
  • Organization: Department of Political Science
  • Working group: Lehrstuhl für Politik und Gesellschaft des Nahen Ostens
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22072
  • Email: tobias.zumbraegel@fau.de
  • Address:
    Bismarckstraße 8
    91054 Erlangen
    Room 3.108
  • Office hours: Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung
    Weekly Tue, 14:00 - 15:30, Room 3.108,

Tobias Zumbrägel is a student in Germany. He received his B.A. in Islamic Studies and History from the University of Cologne. His bachelor thesis on the role of Gamal ‘Abd an-Nasser in the Arab-Israeli War of 1967 was awarded with the faculty price in 2013. He obtained his M.A. in the interdisciplinary joint Master’s program Comparative & Middle East Politics and Society (CMEPS) from the University of Tübingen, Germany, and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. His master thesis focused on Qatar’s promotion of environmental protection and its effects on a domestic and international level. In 2015 he received a Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Grant by the ZEIT-Stiftung and since autumn 2015 he is a PhD candidate and was a research associate in the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded project ‘Authoritarian Gravity Centers at the Chair of Middle East Politics and Society, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (2015-2018). During this time, he had several field research trips to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. Since summer term 2018 Zumbrägel teaches at the interdisciplinary centrum of digital humanities and social science. He also conducts research in the interdisciplinary FAU-cluster: Discourses and Practices of Digital Sovereignty.

  • Digitilization and social change
  • Climate policy in the Arab World
  • Authoritarian durability and persistence
  • International relations of Egypt and the Gulf monarchies
  • Political legitimation and legitimacy in non-democratic regimes
  • ‘Cyber sovereignty’ and autocratic regimes
  • History of Egypt, Iraq and the Arab Gulf monarchies
  • Research Associate in the DFG project: Authoritarian Gravity Centres. A comparative analysis of autocracy promotion and diffusion. (Universities of Hildesheim & Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2015-2018)
  • PhD: “In Search of New Sources of Legitimacy – the Rise of Environmentalism in Arab Gulf Monarchies” (working title)

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Selected Newspapers, Blog Contributions and Interviews 

  • Research Fellowship at the Gulf Studies Program, Qatar University, Doha  (Feb – Mar 2017)
  • Research Fellowship at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), Riyadh (Nov – Mar 2016)
  • Grant: Bucerius Pre-Doctoral Scholarship ‘Trajectories of Change’ of the ZEIT-Foundation, 2015-2016
  • Scholarship: Deutsche Akademischen Auslandsdienstes (DAAD), Aug-Dec 2014
  • Award: Best Bachelor Thesis of the Faculty of Philosophy, 2013

  • Colloquium: Digital Humanities Werkstatt (SS 2019)
  • Summer School “Hands on Cultural Heritage” (SS 2019)
  • B.A. Course:Politik 2.0 – Wie die Digitalisierung das politische Leben verändert (SS 2019)
  • B.A. Course: Das digitale Zeitalter und autokratische Regime: Fluch oder Segen? (WS 2018/2019)
  • B.A. Course: Freund oder Feind? Internetbasierte Medien in Autokratien (mit Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber) (SS 2018)
  • B.A. Course: Die regionale Außenpolitik der Länder des Golfkooperationsrates seit 1981 (SS 2017)
  • M.A. Course: Legitimität und Legitimation im Nahen Osten (mit Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber) (SS 2016)
  • M.A. Course: Klimapolitik als Legitimationsstrategie nahöstlicher Staaten (mit Prof. Dr. Thomas Demmelhuber) (SS 2016)

  • Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)
  • Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS)
  • German Political Science Association (GPSA)