Etienne joined Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in 2017 and works on his DPhil under the guidance of Professor Fernanda Pirie. His research is located at the intersection of socio-legal studies and judicial politics. He works within a judicialization framework on explanations of increasing judicial impact in the policy-making process using the toolkit of qualitative and quantitative political science.
Dedicated to the graduate community at Wolfson College, Etienne stood successfully for election to the College's General Purposes Committee – the Governing Body's executive arm – and the Academic Committee for the year Trinity 2018 to Hilary 2019. Upon realizing that no shared space for people working on the judiciary existed yet, 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. Etienne also volunteers for Oxford Pro Bono Publico as a legal researcher on comparative human rights issues.
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 German Association of American Studies (GAAS), the Political Studies Association (PSA), its American Politics Group (APG), the European Consortium for Political Research's standing group on Law and Courts, and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). Etienne is also a member of the Oxford German Society and the Association of Bi-National Families, Frankfurt.