Marietta D C van der Tol joined the Blavatnik School of Government in the summer of 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow.

Marietta is part of the Alfred Landecker Programme and teaches on the Foundations course of the Blavatnik School's Master of Public Policy.

She leads the international networking collaboration ‘Religion, ethnicity and politics in German, Dutch and Anglo-American contexts: nationalism and the future of democracy’, as well as the Cambridge-based project ‘Protestant political thought: religion, state, nation’.

Her research interests include the relationship between religion, politics and society, and the role that political imaginaries play in the formation of law and public policy with regard to religious minorities in Europe. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Politics of religious diversity: toleration, religious freedom and visibility of religion in public space’ (Cambridge), explored expressions of tolerance and intolerance in contemporary constitutional law and politics in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

She studied at Utrecht University from 2009 to 2014 (LLM Hons in law, MA in history) and then won a Fulbright grant to study at Yale University from 2014 to 2016 (MAR Hons in history of Christianity). In 2016, she started her PhD in politics and international studies at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge as a Vice-Chancellor’s and AHRC DTP scholar. During her studies, she completed an internship with the Netherlands electoral council, as well as a study visit with the Netherlands Council of State.


M.D.C. van der Tol & M.P. Rowley, 'A posture of Protest? The Search for Christian Identity in a Post-Secular Society: Between Secularised Eschatology and a Sacralisation of History', International Journal of Religion (2021), Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 101-113. 

M.D.C. van der Tol, 'Openbare orde voorbij letter en geest: sociale normen en religieuze intolerantie in het staatsrecht', Tijdschrift voor Recht, Religie en Beleid (2021), Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 24-36.

M.D.C. van der Tol, 'Laïcité as control: the 2021 legal reforms in historical perspective', International Journal for Religious Freedom, forthcoming

M.D.C. van der Tol, 'The "Jew," the Nation and Assimilation: The Old Testament and the Fashioning of the "Other" in German and Dutch Protestant Political Thought', Journal of the Bible and its Reception (2021) Vol. 8, No. 2 (Special Issue 'Old Testament Imaginaries of the Nation in German, Dutch and Anglo-American Protestant Political Thought, eds. S.R.C. Johnson & M.D.C. van der Tol).

M.D.C. van der Tol, ‘Politics of belonging in the nation state: reclaiming Christianity from populism’, in Joshua Ralston & Ulrich Schmiedel, The Spirit of Populism: Political Theologies in Polarized Times, Leiden: Brill 2021.

M.D.C. van der Tol, Carys Brown, John Adenitire & Emily S. Kempson (eds.), From toleration to religious freedom. Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, Oxford: Peter Lang 2021. 

M.D.C. van der Tol, ‘Conscience and cakes: reaffirming the distinction between institutional duties and individual rights’, special issue ‘Religious freedom and sexual orientation discrimination: can the law enforce mere civility? (ed. John Adenitire), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (2020) Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 372-387.

M.D.C. van der Tol, Review of the Routledge Handbook of Religious Laws, eds. Rossella Bottoni & Silvio Ferrari, Religious Studies Review (2020), Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 501-502,

M.D.C. van der Tol, 'Beginselen van goed bestuur in het kerkelijk recht' in, Anoeska Buijze et al (eds.), Goed bestuur in Perspectief, Alphen a/d Rijn: Kluwer 2019

M.D.C. van der Tol, 'Intolerance unveiled? Burkini bans across France', (2018) Revue du droit des religions, no. 6, pp. 139-149,

M.D.C. van der Tol, De jongste ontwikkelingen van het kiesrecht in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden in historisch perspectief, Wolf Legal Publishers 2014

G.A. Addink, M.D.C. van der Tol, C.M.C. Wagemakers (eds.), Goed bestuur op Sint Maarten: tussen recht en realiteit, Wolf Legal Publishers 2014