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Alexander Alekseev is a doctoral researcher in political science, funded by the Kone Foundation (2022 – 2024). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University in Russia) and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris in France). Before joining the University of Helsinki, he completed the doctoral programme in political science at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (Russia).

His doctoral dissertation which he started in Russia and has continued in Finland deals with political discourses of populist radical right parties in the European Union. By focusing on the cases of Poland and France, Alexander examines how populist radical right parties in government and in opposition engage in a symbolic struggle over the meanings of such key political concepts as democracy and rights and freedoms. His interests encompass far-right politics, ideologies, and discourses, political theory and history of political concepts, as well as semiotics and the methodology of discourse analysis.

Before engaging in academic work in Finland, Alexander gained extensive experience in the field of human rights in Russia, taught in different positions at the Higher School of Economics, and worked on various projects at the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, Doctoral student, The Concepts of Democracy and Rights in Political Discourses of Populist Radical Right Parties in Government and in Opposition: The Cases of France and Poland, Higher School of Economics

Nov 2018Oct 2021

Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Master, Sciences Po

Sept 2015Jun 2017

International Relations, Bachelor, The Evolution of the EU Immigration Policy in the Context of the Events of the Arab Spring, Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Sept 2011Jun 2015

External positions

Invited lecturer, Higher School of Economics

Sept 2020Mar 2022

Junior research fellow, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences (INION), Russian Academy of Sciences

Feb 2020Mar 2022

Fields of Science

  • 5171 Political Science

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Publications and projects within past five years.