Marius S. Ostrowski is a Max Weber Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, with research and teaching interests in social and political theory and intellectual history.
His research specialism is the study of ideologies, in particular how ideologies gain influence among the general population. His current work focuses on two historical case-studies: (1) the emergence of social democracy as an independent ideology in the early 20th century; (2) the rise of Europeanist movements during the interwar period. During his time as a Max Weber Fellow, he will be working on a research project uncovering ‘roads not taken’ over the course of European unification, examining competing visions of European unity put forward during the immediate prehistory of the European project (1919–57).
Marius completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in 2017, with a thesis exploring how ideology shapes the way in which public opinion is formed and expressed. Between 2013 and 2020, he was an Examination Fellow in Politics at All Souls College, Oxford, and in 2019 he was a Visiting Fellow at the EUI’s Department of Political and Social Sciences. He also holds an M.Phil. in Political Theory and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, both from Oxford.
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Marius has undergraduate and Master’s-level teaching and lecturing experience in political philosophy, critical social theory, history of early-modern and modern political thought, Marxism, ideology studies, nationalism, and democratisation. In 2013–18, he worked as tutor and Lecturer in Politics at Christ Church and Magdalen College, Oxford.