Tommaso Pavone

Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

Graduate Associate

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, the editorial assistant at World Politics, and the founder of the departmental Qualitative Research SeminarMy current research focus is on studying comparative political development and legal mobilization 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) - focus on understanding variation in the litigation and practice of European Union (EU) law across the subnational communities of EU member states by leveraging geographic information systems (GIS) technology, statistical analysis, qualitative interviewing, and historically-grounded process-tracing. More broadly, I am also interested in European integration, the institutional and comparative political analysis of courts, sociolegal analysis, historical institutionalism and comparative historical analysis, and qualitative methodology. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of European Public PolicyConstitutional Studies, the Rivista Trimestrale Degli Appalti, and a forthcoming volume on case study methods published with Cambridge University Press. 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.