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