Markus Thiel

Markus Thiel

Professor & Director, EU/Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

Politics and International Relations

Office: MMC, SIPA 412

Phone: 305-348-2323


Curriculum Vitae



Markus Thiel is a professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, Miami and director of FIU’s Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. Dr. Thiel’s research interests are the political sociology of the EU and European (Union) Politics more generally, as well as Human Rights and Identity Politics. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 2005 and has published several EU-related articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of European Integration, the Journal of Common Market Studies and others. 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 Social In/Exclusion in Europe' (Palgrave/Springer, 2023, with Ernesto Fiocchetto & Jeffrey Maslanik). 

He teaches CPO 3103 Comparative (Western) European Politics, CPO 3104 EU Politics, INR 3214 International Relations of Europe, INR 3502 International Organizations, as well as graduate courses on European/EU Politics, International Organization and Research Design in IR. He supervises doctoral students in the areas of EU Politics, International Organizations and Political Sociology.

Areas of Expertise

Politics of Western Europe, International Organizations, European Identity Politics


BS, Catholic University of Applied Sciences, 1997
MS, University of Louisville, Comparative Social Policy, Research Methodology, 1998
Ph.D., University of Miami, International Relations, Comparative Politics, 2005