Curriculum Vitae
(updated 22.05.2020)

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

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

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 (incl. teaching) and positions:
2017 – … researcher, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia.
2020 instructor, ECPR Methods Winter School (Visualisation of Information, Linear Regression with R)
2016 – 2019 instructor, ECPR Methods Summer School (Introduction to R, Intermediate R, Advanced Topics in Applied Regression)

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:
2020 Young-Estonia grant from Postimees Group 
 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:
2019 Recognition for public activities, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tartu
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):
2018 8th Annual Conference. Strategic and Geopolitical Issues in the Contemporary World. Prague, November 9th, 2018. 
2018 ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 22-25 August. 
2018 POLTEXT Incubator Workshop, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, May 10th-11th, 2018

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

Teaching (University of Tartu):
Democracy and democratic institutions (2017/2018)
Quantitative methods (2017/2018, 2018/2019)
Elections and political behavior (2017/2018, 2018/2019)
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):
2019 Joanna Kurvits, “Parteisüsteemi killustatuse mõju poliitilise süsteemi rahulolunäitajatele”
Anna-Riin Meensalu “Kandidaatide positsioonid Euroopa Liidu suhtes Prantsusmaa 2012. ja 2017. aasta presidendivalimistel”

2012 Age Tomson “Political Participation and Placement on Left-Right Scale based on European Social Survey Data”
2012 Indrek Masing ” Assessing the Role of Policy in Coalition Formation: the Cases from Estonia and Slovakia”
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”

Supervision (MA theses):
2020 Artem Goriunov, “The determinants of legislative speechmaking on salient issues: The analysis of parliamentary debates on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement using structural topic models” 
2019 Helen Urmann “What affects the electoral success of female candidates? Analysis of Estonian Parliamentary elections of 2015 and 2019”
Volodymyr Panov, “The relationship between electoral instability and programmatic configuration in contemporary party system”
Adam Mikolaj Wylegalski “Solidarity-based versus liberal Poland: Jaroslaw Kaczynski`s discourse of thin-centered populism in the light of Norman Fairclough`s critical discourse analysis”
 Santa Liepina “European Parliament members` activism: the case of the Baltic States”
 Naira Baghdasaryan “From Votes to Nicheness or from Nicheness to Votes? – The Relationship Between Electoral Fortunes and Political Strategies in Scandinavian Countries”

2018 Saleh Mehdizade “Does Presidentialism Breed Dictatorship – the Case of Turkey and the Erdogan Regime”

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