Tommaso Pavone

Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

Graduate Associates

 001 Fisher Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544

 Curriculum Vitae


I am a Ph.D. candidate (on the job market in fall 2018) in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, specializing in comparative politics, law and society, and political sociology, with a region focus on the European Union (EU). I am a 2018-2019 Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), as well as 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 research analyzes how judges and lawyers promote institutional change within and across national borders, particularly in Europe. To this end, I integrate extended fieldwork and archival evidence with geospatial and econometric techniques. 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 thePrinceton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) - explains how national lawyers sparked a transnational process of 'judicialization' in Europe, and compares why their efforts succeeded in some contexts rather than others. At Princeton, I have served as teaching assistant for courses in comparative politics, judicial politics, and qualitative methods.

My work has been published or is forthcoming in World Politics, Law & Society Review, the Journal of Law and Courtsthe 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 theUniversity of Chicago (2012), and a B.A. degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (2010).

Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming (2019). “From Marx to Market: Lawyers, European Law, and the Contentious Transformation of the Port of Genoa.” Accepted, Law & Society Review.
Pavone, Tommaso. Forthcoming (2018). “Selecting Cases for Comparative Sequential Analysis: Novel Uses for Old Methods.” In The Case For Case Studies, Woolcock, Widner, & Ortega-Nieto, eds. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Kelemen, R. Daniel, and Tommaso Pavone. 2018. “The Political Geography of Legal Integration: Visualizing Institutional Change in the European Union.” World Politics 70 (3): 358-397. https:
Pavone, Tommaso. 2018. “Revisiting Judicial Empowerment in the European Union: Limits of Empowerment, Logics of Resistance.” Journal of Law & Courts 6 (2): 303-331.
Pavone, Tommaso. 2017. “Il Diritto dell’Unione Europea e l’Analisi Sociologica del Rinvio Pregiudiziale in Italia.” Rivista Trimestrale Degli Appalti 14 (2): 431-452. [English translation: “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.