Tommaso Pavone

Assistant Professor

Tommaso Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Law and Politics in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and from 2019 to 2021 he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the PluriCourts Centre at the University of Oslo in Norway.  

Dr. Pavone’s research and teaching interests span across comparative politics, law and society, and judicial politics. Much of his work focuses on the European Union (EU) and uses fieldwork, interview, archival, and geospatial methods to trace how lawyers and courts impact social change and shape processes of political development like state formation and transnational integration. His forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press – The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics Behind the Judicial Construction of Europe – reconstructs how entrepreneurial lawyers promoted European integration by encouraging deliberate law-breaking and mobilizing national courts against their own governments. The Ghostwriters has won several awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Law and Society Association (LSA), and the European Union Studies Association (EUSA). Dr. Pavone’s research has also been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including The American Political Science ReviewLaw and Society ReviewWorld PoliticsJournal of European Public Policy, and the Journal of Law and Courts. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in public policy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  

Outside the academic life, Dr. Pavone is an amateur meteorologist, a halfway-decent cook, an opera lover, and a passionate leisure hiker. He was born in Rome and raised in Italy and Belgium before moving to the United States.