Arrighi, Jean-Thomas

European University Institute



Jean-Thomas Arrighi is a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and is affiliated to the EUDO CITIZENSHIP Observatory. He is in charge of coordinating the expansion of the geographical coverage of the Observatory to North and South America.

He defended his PhD in the department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in 2012. He also holds an MA with distinction in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Bath and an Mres in Political and Social Sciences from the EUI.

In 2014, He was a postdoctoral fellow and visiting lecturer in the department of Political Science of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a visiting lecturer at the University of Lucerne. 

In 2010, he was visiting scholar at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and at the Institute of Governance of the University of Edinburgh. His research interests lie at the crossroads of comparative politics, territorial politics, nationalism, citizenship, and migration studies.



"Jean-Thomas Arrighi worked for the EUDO CITIZENSHIP observatory in 2012 and 2013. In January 2014 he moved to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as a postdoc fellow. Jean-Thomas was not just an assistant in charge of updating the website and keeping in touch with our fast growing network of external experts. He also contributed essential parts to our two main projects in 2012/2013 – the ACIT study on citizenship indicators and the FRACIT study on electoral rights, for which he wrote the chapter on the franchise of non-citizen residents and built the comparative database together Derek Hutcheson. Jean-Thomas is a multi-talent with intellectual curiosity and passion for the topics covered by our observatory. He leaves a legacy and also a gap, but he will hopefully stay in touch and help us to fill it."

Rainer Bauböck (EUDO CITIZENSHIP co-director, 1 December 2013)


My farewell to Jean-Thomas posted in December 2013 was premature, since he returned to work for EUDO CITIZENSHIP as research fellow and main coordinator after his postdoc fellowship in Ann Arbor, taking over the job from Vesco Paskalev in September 2014. Yet now I have to say good bye again because Jean-Thomas has taken up a longer term appointment and full time position at the University of Neuchatel with the NCCR project “On the Move” led by Gianni D’Amato. He  has handed over his tasks as research fellow for EUDO CITIZENSHIP to  Jelena Dzankic, who had already previously contributed to the observatory as country expert on Montenegro and as global expert on investor citizenship.

Jean-Thomas was the longest serving coordinator of our observatory. Since the beginning of 2015 he has been the driving force behind the expansion of EUDO CITIZENSHIP  to the Americas, building up an entirely new network of experts in 19 countries and collecting and editing their reports on nationality law and access to the franchise. Jean-Thomas has also provided the core structure of our new databases on access to electoral laws and has collaborated with Samuel Schmid in developing the new ELECDEM indicators.

Jean-Thomas is passionate about film, novels and racing bikes. His work for EUDO CITIZENSHIP was marked by a combination of creativity, critique and energy that might have its origin in these addictions. On behalf of the whole EUDO CITIZENSHIP team I wish him all the best for the Swiss stage of his career and life.

Rainer Bauböck (EUDO CITIZENSHIP co-director, 1 September 2015)