Tobias Berger

Tobias Berger

Freie Universität Berlin

Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science

Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy

Assistant Professor

Address Ihnestr. 22
Room 108
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 - (0)30 - 838 55529
Fax +49 - (0)30 - 838 455527

Office hours

During non-lecture period you can visit me on 31.07., 07.08., 21.08. and 09.10., from 02:15 - 3:30 p.m. in room 108, Ihnestrasse 22.

Please register for an appointment using the list that is attached to my office door.

As of April 2017, Tobias Berger is Juniorprofessor for Political Science with reference to the Transnational Politics of the Global South at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin. After obtaining his PhD from the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies in 2014, he was a visiting fellow at the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale, Germany) as well as a junior research fellow at the Institute for the Human Sciences in Vienna. His book on “Global Norms and Local Courts: Translating the Rule of Law in Bangladesh” is forthcoming with Oxford University Press later this year. His broader research interests encompass international political sociology, state-society relations in the Global South, ethnographic methods, and the transnational politics of South Asia.

He studied Political Theory at the University of Oxford (MPhil, 2010) and Politics & Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (BA, 2007). 

Tobias Berger‘s research interests include:

  • International Political Sociology
  • The Politics of Development
  • Legal Pluralism, normative diversity, and non-state institutions
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Transnational Politics of South Asia


  • *2017: Global Norms and Local Courts: Translating the Rule of Law in Bangladesh. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Edited volumes

  • *2017: World Politics in Translation: Power, Relationality, and Difference in Global Cooperation. Abingdon: Routledge (Global Cooperation Series; eds. with Alejandro Esguerra).


Article and Chapters 

  • *2017: “Introduction: the Objects of Translation” in Berger, Tobias and Alejandro Esguerra (eds.). World Politics in Translation (with Alejandro Esguerra)
  • *2017: “Conclusion: Power, Relationality, and Difference in Global Cooperation”. In Berger, Tobias and Alejandro Esguerra (eds.). World Politics in Translation (with Alejandro Esguerra). 
  • *2016: “Global Village Courts – International Organizations and the Bureaucratization of Rural Justice in the Global South” in Niezen, Ronald and Maria Sapignoli (eds.). Palaces of Hope: The Anthropology of Global Organizations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Law and Society Series).
  • 2016: Säkularismus, Islam und die Grenzen der Toleranz in Bangladesch. Transit. Volume 49, S. 72-89.  
  • 2012: "Mind the Gap! Political Ethnography & the Translation of Western Concepts in non-Western Contexts". In Zapf, Holger (ed.). Nichtwestliches Politisches Denken. Zwischen kultureller Differenz und Hybridisierung. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien.


*Peer Reviewed