Curriculum Vitae
(updated 17.01.2018)

Researcher, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. 

​Born: 12 July 1983
Place of birth: Tallinn, Estonia
Nationality: Estonian
E-mail address:

Research and areas of interest 

Party politics, party systems, elections, social science methodology, quantitative methods, R.


2012 – 2017 Central European University, PhD (summa cum laude), comparative politics (minor in social science methodology)
2006 – 2008 MA, University of Tartu, (cum laude), comparative politics
2002 – 2006 ​BA, University of Tartu, government and politics
2002 Tallinn English College, secondary education

Additional training

2013, 2014 ECPR Methods Summer School, Ljubljana
2006 ECPR Summer University (ESU) in Political Science, Grenoble, France
2004 University of Maastricht, The Netherlands (Erasmus program)

Work and positions

2017 – … researcher, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia.
2016, 2017 instructor, ECPR Methods Summer School (Introduction to R)
2015 visiting researcher, Institut für Deutsches und Internationales Parteienrecht und Parteien-forschung (PRuF), Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany.
2015 teaching assistant, ECPR Methods Summer School, Ljubljana (advanced topics in applied regression, introduction to generalised linear models)
2015 course manager, Central European University Summer University (political psychology)
2015 teaching assistant, Department of Political Science, Central European University (multivariate statistics)
2013 – 2015 student president (until autumn 2014) and student vice-president (from autumn 2014), Political Behaviour Research Group (PolBeRG), Central European University
2013 teaching assistant, Department of Political Science, Central European University (introduction to statistics)
2011 – 2015 managing  editor, EU-Russia Papers, Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS), University of Tartu
2011 seminar instructor, University of Tallinn, Institute of Government and Politics
2010 project “Creation of the Demos in De Facto States. Legitimacy and Support for the Regime in Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh“, Principal Performer
2008 – 2011 assistant of comparative politics, Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu (lecturing, supervision of BA theses)
2005 – 2016 translator (Estonian-English-Estonian)

Funding and grants

2017 Mobilitas Pluss, post-doctoral research grant MOBJD256 at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies (24 months), “Perceptual Spaces of Party Politics: An Inductive Study of European Party Systems”, Estonian Research Council.
2015 Kristjan Jaak Formal Studies Grant, academic year 2015/2016, Archimedes Foundation, Estonia.
2015 Estonian Students Fund in USA, stipend.
2015 International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), grant for organizing a class on political psychology at the CEU Summer University 2015.

Recognition and awards

2016 Advanced Doctoral Students Award, Central European University.
2014 Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, Department of Political Science, Central European University
2014 short listed for the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize for the best paper presented at the 2013 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops.
2014 Academic Achievement Award for first year doctoral students, Central European University

Conference and workshop participation (presentations)

2017 Research workshop “Varieties of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Regional and Global Perspectives”, 9 March 2017, Central European University
2016 ECPR Graduate Student Conference, Tartu, Estonia, 10-13 July
2015 The first annual conference “The Baltic States in Regional and Global Perspective”, organized by V-Dem Regional Center for Eastern Europe and Russia, Tartu, Estonia, 23 October
2015 Manifesto Project User Conference 2015, Berlin, June 4-5
2015 Sixth Dusseldorf Graduate Conference on Party Research, 6-7 February 2015
2014 ECPR General Conference, Glasgow (panel: Methodological Frontiers in Analytical Politics)
2014 ISSP Annual Scientific Meeting, 4-7 July in Rome, Italy (panel: Measuring Political Ideologies and Attitudes)
2014 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Salamanca (workshop: The Evolution of Parliamentarism and its Political Consequences)
2013 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Mainz (workshop: Party System Dynamics)

International projects

EUVOX country moderator for Estonia
Varieties of Democracy country expert for Estonia
Manifesto Project coder for Estonia

Papers and publications 


  • Mölder, Martin 2017, “Nähtamatu enamus. Eesti kodanike liberaalne ja konservatiivne enesemääratlus ning hoiakud 2016. ja 2017. aastal” [An Invisible Majority. Liberal and Conservative Self-Placement and Attitudes of Estonian Citizens in 2016 and 2017], Akadeemia, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 980-1021. (in Estonian)
  • Mölder, Martin 2017„Estonia”, European Journal of Political Research. Political Data Yearbook, DOI: 10.1111/2047-8852.12155.
  • Mölder, Martin 2017, “Which measure of political difference between parties works better? A comparison in predicting coalition formation”, Electoral Studies, vol. 46, pp. 26-38.
  • Mölder, Martin 2016, „Estonia”, European Journal of Political Research. Political Data Yearbook, vol. 55, pp. 84-90.
  • Mölder, Martin 2016, „The Validity of the RILE Left-Right Index as a Measure of Party Policy”, Party Politics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 37-48.
  • Mölder, Martin 2015, “Overview of the Baltic States on the Basis of the V-Dem Dataset: A Disaggregated Perspective”, paper prepared for the seminar “Varieties of Democracy:The Baltic States in a Regional and Global Perspective”, University of Tartu, 23 October 2015.
  • Mölder, Martin 2015, “Political Change in Party Systems: Using the Index of Programmatic Similarity to Measure Changing Political Landscapes”, paper presented at the Manifesto Project User Conference 2015, Berlin, June 4-5.
  • Mölder, Martin 2014, “From Ideological Distance to Programmatic Overlap: A Non-Spatial Measure of Party Policy Difference”, paper presented at the ECPR General Conference in Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014. (A previous version of the paper was presented at the 2014 ISSP Annual Scientific Meeting, 4-7 July in Rome, Italy.)
  • Mölder, Martin 2014, “Type of Parliamentarism and the Political Coherence of Coalition Governments”, paper presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Salamanca.
  • Berg, Eiki and Martin Mölder 2014, “When ‘Blurring’ Becomes the Norm and Secession Is Justified as the Exception. Revisiting EU and Russian Discourses in the Common Neighbourhood”, Journal of International Relations & Development, vol. 17, no. 4,  pp. 469-488.
  • Pettai, Vello ja Mölder, Martin 2013, „Estonia“ in Nations in Transit 2013, Freedom House.
  • Mölder, Martin 2013, „Rudy B. Andeweg, Lieven De Winter and Patrick Dumont (eds.) Puzzles of Government Formation: Coalition Theory and Deviant Cases(New York: Routledge, 2011)” book review, CEU Political Science Journal, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 262-264.
  • Mölder, Martin and Pettai, Vello 2013, „Freedom and Democracy”, Estonian Human Development Report 2012/2013, pp. 67-73.
  • Mölder, Martin 2013, „Fluid Voters behind a Stabilising Party System? Investigating Party System Parameters in Estonia”, paper presented at 41st ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz 11 – 16 March 2013
  • Pettai, Vello ja Mölder, Martin 2012, „Estonia“ in Nations in Transit 2012, Freedom House.
  • Berg, Eiki and Mölder, Martin 2012, „Who is entitled to ‘earn sovereignty’? Legitimacy and regime support in Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh”, Nations and Nationalism, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 527-545.
  • Mölder, Martin 2012, “Eesti Erakondade Valimisprogrammide Iseloomustus 1999-2011” [Characterization of the Election Platforms of Estonian Parties 1999-2011] in Toomla, Rein (ed.), Riigikogu Valimised 2011 [Parliamentary Elections 2011], Tartu University Press.
  • Mölder, Martin 2011, „Hääletamiskaalutlused 2011. aasta Riigikogu valimisel.“ Riigikogu Toimetised, 23, 56 – 61.
  • Pettai, Vello ja Mölder, Martin 2011, „Estonia“ in Nations in Transit 2011, Freedom House.
  • Berg, Eiki and Mölder, Martin 2011, “Democratization and Political Legitimacy in Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh” Paper Presented at the IPSA, ECPR Joint Conference “Whatever Happened to the North-South?”, 16.02-19.02.2011
  • Mölder, Martin 2010, “The Meanings of Democracy in Estonia: An Analysis of Focus Group Discussions”, Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, 4 (1): 39-54
  • Pettai, Vello and Mölder, Martin, 2010, “Estonia”, Nations in Transit 2010, Freedom House
  • Pettai, Vello and Mölder, Martin, 2009, “Estonia”, Nations in Transit 2009, Freedom House


  • Mölder, Martin 2017, “Politoloog Martin Mölder: oravaid kannustab järgmise valimiskaotuse hirm” [Political scientist Martin Mölder: the Reform Party is driven by the fear of losing the next elections.], Eesti Päevaleht, 11.12.2017. Link 
  • Mölder, Martin 2017“Politoloog Tallinna üllatusest: rohelised päästeti hääbumissurmast, sotside hind oli aga liiga kõrge” [Political scientist about the surprise in Tallinn: the greens were saved from a slow death, the price of the social democrats was too high.], Eesti Päevaleht, 03.11.2017. Link.
  • Mölder, Martin 2017, “Martin Mölder: tulevikupoliitika – pessimistlik kompositsioon” [Martin Mölder: future politics – a pessimistic composition], Postimees, 07.10.2017. Link 
  • Mölder, Martin 2017, “Politoloog: poliitikaõhus on lämbust, mis eelneb äikesele” [Political scientist: the air of politics is thick with thunder], Eesti Päevaleht, 26.06.2017.
  • Mölder, Martin 2017, “Politoloog: nähtamatu enamus – konservatiivid on Eesti ühiskonnas selgelt enamuses, kuid paljud neist jäävad erakondadele kättesaamatuks” [Political scientist: invisible majority – conservatives are the majority in the Estonian society, but many of them are out of reach for political parties], Eesti Päevaleht, 27.03.2017.
  • Mölder, Martin 2013, „Eesti koht Euroopa äärealade majandusarengus” [Estonia’s Place in the Economic Development of European Peripheries], Sirp, no. 33 (3454). Book review
  • Mölder, Martin 2012, „2011. aasta protestilainetusest demokraatliku utoopiani“ [From the Protest Waves of 2011 to a Democratic Utopia],  Sirp, no. 29 (3403), Book review.
  • Mölder, Martin 2011, „Valimisprogrammid aastatel 1999–2011“ [Election Programs in 1999-2011], Sirp, no. 43 (3369)
  • Mölder, Martin 2011, „Looduslikult kestliku ja inimlähedase elu otsingud“ [In Search for an Environmentally Sustainable and Human Friendly Life], Sirp, no. 40 (3366) Book review.
  • Mölder, Martin 2011, „Küsimata küsimused“ [Unasked Questions], Postimees, 31.08.2011
  • Mölder, Martin 2010, “Ühiskondadest mõtlemise apooriad” [Aporias of Thinking About Societies], Sirp,  no. 35 (3314)
  • Mölder, Martin 2010, “Moraalsuse defitsiit” [Deficit of Morality], Eesti Ekspress
  • Mölder, Martin 2010, “Tagasivaade Kopenhaagenile” [Looking Back at Copenhagen], Sirp, no. 1 (3281)
  • Mölder, Martin 2009, “Arend Lijphart ja demokraatia mustrid” [Arend Lijphart and the Patterns of Democracy], Sirp, no. 26 (3259). Book review
  • Mölder, Martin 2009, “Politoloogid poliitikast” [Political Scientists on Politics], Sirp, no. 39 (3272)

Teaching (University of Tartu)

​Democracy and democratic institutions (2017/2018)
Quantitative methods (2017/2018)
Elections and political behavior (2017/2018)
Introduction to interpretative social and political science (2010/2011)
Introduction to political science (seminar instructor: 2008/2009, 2009/2010,  2010/2011)
Parties and party systems (2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011)
Comparative political systems (2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011)
Democratic institutions and theories (2009/2010)
Political culture (2009/2010, 2010/2011)

Supervision (BA theses)

2011 Janno Tigane „The Tea Party Movement: the Factors of Success in 2010 Congressional Mid-term Elections“
2011 Andri Frolov “Changing of the Authoritarian Regime under Conditions of Economic Decline: Chile 1980-1990”
2011 Andres Illak “The Democratic Role and Functioning of Youth Councils in Estonia”
2011 Kristi Saare “How Political Parties Use the Internet to Communicate with Voters: the Case Study of Estonia”
2010 Katerina Gorobets “Identity of Estonian Russian-speaking Youth: a Qualitative Study”
2010 Galina Jevgrafova “The Impact of Gender Equality on Integration, Scandinavian Case”
2010  Ingi Sutrop “Estonian Political Parties from the Perspective of Political Marketing, the Examples of the Estonian Reform Party and the Social Democratic Party”
2009 Jaanus Mäe “Political Competition in African Semi-Democratic States: Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania”
2009  Siret Seisonen “Recognition of De Facto Independent States: the Examples of Abkhazia, Kosovo, South-Ossetia, Transnistria”


Estonian – native language
English – very good spoken and written
German – basic, passive
Finnish – basic, passive
Russian – basic, passive