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Curriculum vitae

Cai Weaver is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. His doctoral dissertation is entitled "Gays, Perverts, Degenerates and Democratic Values: The Governance of Sexuality in Putin's Russia". He recieved his Master's Degree in International Relations (M.Soc.Sci) from the University of Tampere in 2014 and his thesis was awarded second place by the Finnish Association for Russian and East European Studies in 2015. He completed his Undergraduate studies at the University of Aberystwyth in International Politics and International History (BScEcon). 

His PhD research focuses on issues of Biopoliticial Governance, (Homo)Sexuality, and Russia. Weaver's other research interests are the Feminist Research Methods, Nationalism, Queer International Relations Theory, and Gender and Politics in Video Games.  

In 2019, Weaver is teaching and coordinating the Helsinki Summer School Course ' Feminist Research Methods in Theory and Practice'. Previously, he has taught and coordinated the Helsinki Summer School Course "Feminist Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities" with Merle Wessel. For the academic years 2018-19 and 2017-18, he is responsible for teaching the Master's Seminar Course "Gender and Politics in Europe" and the Bachelor's Lecture Course "Gender, Politics and Society". He has also taught the section "Queer and Feminist World Politics" on the Master's course "Advanced Theories of International Politics and on the Master's course "Exploring Politics of Gender and Sexuality across the Finnish-Russian Border" at the University of Tampere in Autumn 2016. Weaver also gives a "How to Manage Your Research Project Successfully" lecture to the Master's students of the Leadership for Change and Cross-Border International Relations degree programmes at the University of Tampere (2018, 2017, 2015, 2013)

Weaver is currenty employed by the Faculty of Social Science until October 2019 to complete his Doctoral Dissertation. He was previously awarded the Roichi Sasakawa Young Leader's Fellowship inthe year 2018. Previous funding was given by the Gender, Culture and Society Doctoral Programme (SKY) at the University of Helsinki for 2017. He won a short research grant from the Subjectivity Historicity and Communality research network at Helsinki University for Autumn 2016, and worked for the academic year 2015/2016 in the Academy of Finland project “Biopolitics and Democracy in Global Governance”.

He has published in Idäntutkimus The Finnish Review of East European Studies. He has organised and chaired panels at various international conferences. 

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • Feminist Research Methodologies
  • Russia
  • Queer International Relations
  • Video Games
  • Foucault
  • Migration
  • Academic Writing
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Gender Studies