Dr. Thiel's research interests are the political sociology of the EU and European (Union) Politics more generally, Nationalism & Identity (Politics) and Mixed Methods Research Methodology. He has published several EU-related articles and book chapters at the EU Center of Excellence as well as in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Transatlantic Monthly, International Studies Compendium, Journal of Human Rights, Perspectives on European Politics & Society and the Journal of European Integration. In addition, his research on the political sociology of the EU produced the monographs ‘The Limits of Transnationalism’ (Palgrave, 2011) and ‘EU Civil Society and Human Rights Advocacy’ (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), as well as 5 co-edited volumes on: ‘Diversity and the European Union’ (with Lisa Pruegl, Palgrave, 2009), ‘Identity Politics in the Age of Globalization (with Roger Coate, Lynne Rienner/First Forum Press, 2010), ‘European Identity & Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging’ (with Rebecca Friedman, Ashgate, 2012), ‘Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations’ (with Manuela Picq, Routledge, 2015) and ‘EU Development Policies between Norms and Geopolitics’ (with Sarah Beringer & Sylvia Maier, Palgrave, 2019). Most recently, he published ‘The EU’s international LGBTI rights promotion: promises & pitfalls’ (Routledge, 2021) and co-authored 'The Politics of In/Exclusion in the EU' (Palgrave, 2023).
He regularly teaches CPO 3103 Comparative (Western) European Politics, CPO 3104 EU Politics, INR 3214 International Relations of Europe, INR 3502 International Organizations and the European Studies Colloquium, as well as graduate courses on European/EU Politics, International Organization and Research Design in IR. In addition, Dr. Thiel is director of the Miami Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.
Politics of Western Europe, International Organizations, European Political Sociology, Transatlantic Relations