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  • Comparative Politics
  • Methods


  • B.A., University of Michigan
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • M.A., Princeton University
  • Ph.D., Princeton University

Tommaso Pavone

Assistant Professor


Tommaso Pavone’s research traces how interactions between lawyers, courts, and policymakers shape political development, social change, and the rule of law, with a comparative focus on Europe and the European Union (EU). His book published by Cambridge University Press – The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe – reconstructs how entrepreneurial lawyers promoted the development of the EU by encouraging clients to challenge state laws and mobilizing national courts against their own governments. The book has been praised as “the most important book on European legal integration in decades” and a “stunning achievement” (in reviews by Mark Pollack and Charles Epp) and won four prizes from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), and the Law and Society Association (LSA). Pavone’s broader research agenda has produced publications in leading peer-reviewed journals like the American Political Science Review, World Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Law & Society Review, and Journal of Law & Courts. His work has also been covered in high-profile outlets such as The New York Times, Financial Times, and Politico, and featured in debates in the European Parliament. Before joining the Department of Political Science at UTSG as Assistant Professor, Pavone was Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo. He received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University in 2019.

Research Interests
Comparative Politics
Law and Society
Judicial Politics
Political Development
European Politics
European Union (EU) Politics
Qualitative Methods

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