Dr. Marius Ghincea is Postdoctoral Researcher at ETH Zurich, working on Frank Schimmelfennig’s European Research Grant project ‘Bordering Europe: Boundary Formation in European Integration.’ He is also Visiting Fellow at the the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (EUI) and Executive Director at the Bucharest-based Quartet Institute.

Marius earned his Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in March 2024. His doctoral dissertation–Manufacturing Consensus: The Domestic Politics of Foreign and Security Policy–explored how cross-party consensus over foreign and security policy is manufactured in liberal democracies.

Marius is the distinguished recipient of several prestigious awards. He is currently a re:constitution fellow, a joint program of Forum Transregionale Studien and Democracy Reporting International, funded by Stiftung Mercator.

Previously, he was a Fulbright Scholar and a Global Leaders Fellow at the George Washington University, an EUI-Oxford Dahrendorf Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, a Research Fellow at the Hertie School, and a university lecturer at Syracuse University (Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello Program). He also served in teaching roles at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna and the School of Transnational Governance in Florence.

Marius’ academic research is focused on three distinct but interconnected directions. First, he is interested in exploring the domestic politics of international relations. In particular, he seeks to explain the causes, mechanisms, and practices of ‘contestation’ and ‘consensus’ in foreign and security policy at national and supranational levels.

His doctoral dissertation proposes a novel mechanism through which cross-party consensus over foreign and security policy is ‘manufactured’ in advanced democracies, with a focus on Germany.

Second, he investigates the emerging geopolitical and great power competition, focusing in particular on wider Europe. Currently, he explores how geopolitical competition affects the EU’s foreign and neighborhood policies and European integration dynamics. In particular, he is interested in the ‘demand-side’ of geopolitical competition.

Third, he is keen on studying the dynamics of foreign and security policy in his native Central and Eastern Europe, including Romania and the Black Sea region. 

Beyond academia, Marius actively engages in policy-oriented research and consultancy for both private and public entities.

Over the past decade, Marius amassed experience with various think tanks specializing in foreign and security policy and political risk. His professional footprint extends across the European Union and the United States.