Dr. Anja Thomas is Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Oxford and Research Associate at the Centre for International Research (CERI), Sciences Po Paris.
Anja is studying national parliaments in the EU and national elite’s discourse on the future trajectory of European integration, in particular concerning the EU’s democratic legitimacy. She is currently investigating the link between the increasing anti-EU discourse in Great-Britain and the Europeanisation of the British House of Commons.
Using Max Weber’s old institutionalism and Bourdieudian inspired approaches in Practice Theory, Anja deploys systematic historical comparison to study Europeanisation processes and their feed-back on socio-spatial dynamics in European integration.
Anja holds a PhD from Sciences Po and the University of Cologne. Her book ‘The European Integration Paradox – How EU practice shapes MP’s discourse on the future of the EU in Assemblée nationale and Bundestag’ drawn from her award-winning PhD thesis will be published in autumn 2018.
Anja is member of the ‘Expert group on national parliaments in the EU architecture’ at the European University Institute. She has taught in university institutions throughout Europe, most recently in the European Affairs Masters of Sciences Po.