Tommaso Pavone

Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

Graduate Associate

 Corwin Hall, #130, Princeton, NJ 08540

 Curriculum Vitae


I am a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where I am a Graduate Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and the European Union (EU) Program. At Princeton, I also served as the editorial assistant at World Politics and as the founder/coordinator of the Department of Politics' Qualitative Research Seminar

My current research probes the ways that judges and lawyers reconfigure social and political relations - by constructing transnational polities, transforming local practices, and brokering fields of knowledge - across time and space, particularly in the European Union. Specifically, my collaborative work and dissertation - the latter funded by the National Science Foundation's Law and Social Sciences Program, the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) - seek to understand why European Union (EU) law becomes socially embedded and invoked to promote change in some local communities and not others. In this research agenda, I leverage qualitative interviewing, comparative historical analysis, geographic information systems (GIS) technology, statistical analysis, and process-tracing methods. More broadly, I am also interested in the politics of European integration, the sociology of law, the comparative analysis of courts, the legal profession and the politics of knowledge, historical institutionalism, and qualitative methodology.

My work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of European Public PolicyConstitutional Studies, an edited volume on case study research and in Italian law reviews. I hold an M.A. degree in Politics from Princeton University (2015), an M.A. degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago (2012), and a B.A. degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (2010).


Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming. “Selecting Cases for Comparative Sequential Analysis: The Method of Inductive Case Selection.” In The Case For Case Studies, Widner, Woolcock, & Ortega-Nieto, eds.

Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming. “Il Diritto dell’Unione Europea e l’Analisi Sociologica del Rinvio Pregiudiziale in Italia.” Rivista Trimestrale Degli Appalti 14 (1). [in english: “European Union Law and the Sociological Analysis of the Preliminary Reference Procedure in Italy.”]

Pavone, Tommaso. 2016. “Democracy by Lawsuit: Or, Can Litigation Alleviate the EU’s “Democratic Deficit?”” Constitutional Studies 2: 59-80.

Kelemen, R. Daniel, and Tommaso Pavone. 2016. “Mapping European Law.” with R. Daniel Kelemen. Journal of European Public Policy 23 (8): 1118-1138. 2016.1186211.