Biography

Etienne joined Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in 2017 and works on his DPhil on 'The Costs of Judicial Authority and the Politics of Interference'. His research is located in the field of comparative judicial politics and studies judicial-legislative relations in Poland, Hungary, and Austria.

Dedicated to the community at Wolfson College, Etienne stood successfully for election as the Chair of the General Meeting – the President of Wolfson's shared Common Room – for the year Trinity 2019 to Hilary 2020. He also serves on the College's Governing Body. In the year before, he was elected to the College's General Purposes Committee (which prepares the Governing Body's agenda) and the Academic Committee. He co-founded and convenes OxonCourts, aiming to connect research students and researchers with an interest in courts across departmental boundaries in the social sciences and the law. Moreover, Etienne was the Journal Secretary for the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (JOxCSLS) and handled social media, academic engagement and journal development in his role. Etienne also volunteered for Oxford Pro Bono Publico as a legal researcher on comparative human rights. 

He holds degrees in Political Science from Friedrich Schiller University Jena (BA/MA) and has studied for two years as a graduate exchange student in Michigan and South Korea. For his master's thesis, he was awarded the Jena Political Science Department's best thesis award in 2016. His research experience includes work on a project on constitutional courts at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg and internships at the Gyeonggi Research Institute in Suwon (South Korea) as well as at the Stasi Records Agency in Berlin. Before coming to Oxford, Etienne taught classes in political science at Jena. 

Etienne is a member of the European Consortium for Political Research's (ECPR) Standing Groups Law and Courts as well as European Union. He is also a member of the Political Studies Association (PSA) in particular its groups on American Politics, Comparative Political Institutions and Populism. He also is Admiral of the Punts at Wolfson College's Punt Club. Etienne is also a member of the Oxford German Society and the Association of Bi-National Families, Frankfurt.

Research Interests

comparative judicial politics, American politics, comparative government, comparative constitutionalism

Research projects