Thomas Clausen (Cambridge)

Thomas Clausen, M.Phil.
University of Cambridge


Thomas Clausen: “Roland Freisler and the Law of Terror” (Abstract)



2014 – 2018 University of Cambridge (Trinity College), PhD, History
– Thesis: Roland Freisler (1893-1945): an intellectual biography
– Supervisor: Prof Sir Christopher Clark (St Catherine’s College, Cambridge)
2013 – 2014 University of Cambridge (Trinity College), MPhil, Intellectual History
and Political Thought (Pass with distinction)
– Thesis: Reason of state in early 19th-century German political thought
– Supervisor: Dr Isaac Nakhimovsky (Emmanuel College, Cambridge/Yale)
2010 – 2013 University of Cambridge (Trinity College), BA Hons, History
(Part I: First Class, Part II: First Class with Distinction)
– Dissertation: Ludwig Woltmann’s social Darwinism and the German Social Democratic Party

Professional Experience

2016 – currently Convenor (with Oliver F.R. Haardt) of the workshop series Between the Rule of Law and Liberal Government: Germany’s Evolution Toward the Grundgesetz, funded by the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies
2016 – currently Seminar Assistant for the Political Thought and Intellectual History Seminar, Cambridge
2014 Research Internship at the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Hamburg
2011 – 2015 Assistant at the Public and Popular History Seminar, University of Cambridge
2013 Internship at the Centre for Effective Altruism, Oxford
2012 Internship at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (department: Public History), Bonn
2009 – 2010 Voluntary Year of Social Service with Eirene International
2009 Internship at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg


2014 Gates Cambridge Scholarship (“Full”)
2013 Graduate Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2013 Scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)
2013 Cambridge Home and European Scholarship Scheme (CHESS) & Allen, Meek, and Read Award
2010 Scholarship by the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (Foundation of German Business, sdw)

Honours and Prizes

Quentin Skinner Prize of the Faculty of History, for the best performance throughout the MPhil (University of Cambridge, 2014)
Everhard Verheyden Dutch Prize (Trinity College, 2014)
Research Scholarship (Trinity College, 2014)
Cambridge/Harvard Joint Centre for History and Economics Prize Research Grant (2013)
Examination Prize (Trinity College, 2013)
14th Earl of Derby Prize (Trinity College, 2013)
Bowen Award (Trinity College, 2013)
Pre-Research Scholarship (Trinity College, 2013)
Senior Scholarship (Trinity College, 2012)
F.W. Maitland Prize (Trinity College, 2012)
Bowen Prize (Trinity College, 2012)
Examination Prize (Trinity College, 2012)
Crawford Scholarship (Trinity College, 2011)
1st place “Bayreuther Dialoge” (national essay competition, 2011)
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