BioDr. Thiel's research interests are the political sociology of the EU and European (Union) Politics more generally, Nationalism & Identity (Politics) and Mixed Methods Research Methodology. He has published several EU-related articles and book chapters at the EU Center of Excellence as well as in Transatlantic Monthly, International Studies Compendium, Journal of Human Rights, Perspectives on European Politics & Society and the Journal of European Integration. He published The Limits of Transnationalism: Collective Identities and EU Integration (Palgrave, 2011) and also co-edited three volumes: one with Lisa Prügl on Diversity and the European Union (Palgrave, 2009), one with Roger Coate on Identity politics in the Age of Globalization (Lynne Rienner/First Forum Press, 2010), and the latest with Rebecca Friedman on European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging (Ashgate, 2012). His current research focuses on the promotion of rights policies through civil society based on the EU's Fundamental Rights Charter/Agency. His other project examines the significance of LGBT Politics for International Relations (Theory). He teaches INR 2001 Introduction to International Relations, CPO 2002 Comparative Politics, CPO 3103 Comparative (Western) European Politics, CPO 3104 EU Politics, INR 3214 International Relations of Europe, INR 3502 International Organizations, as well as graduate courses on European/EU Politics, International Organization and Research Design in IR. n addition, Dr. Thiel is a research associate at the Miami European Union Center of Excellence and active in FIU's European Studies Program.