Short CV/Education and training

  • 2002
    PhD in Political Science, University of Arizona, USA

  • 2000
    MA in Political Science, University of Arizona, USA

  • 1998
    BA in Political Science (cum laude), University of Tartu, Estonia

Selected publications

  • Ehin P, Talving L. Still second-order? European elections in the era of populism, extremism, and euroskepticism. Politics. February 2021.

  • Ehin, P., & Talving, L. (2020). Second-order effects or ideational rifts? Explaining outcomes of European elections in an era of populist politics. Italian Political Science Review/Rivista Italiana Di Scienza Politica, 50(3), 350-367. doi:10.1017/ipo.2020.27

  • Ehin, P.; Saarts, T.; Jakobson, M.-L. (2020). Estonia. In: Hloušek, Vít ; Kaniok, Petr (Ed.). The European Parliament Election of 2019 in East-Central Europe: Second-Order Euroscepticism. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Vassil, K.; Solvak, M.; Ehin, P. (2016). „More Choice, Higher Turnout? The Impact of Consideration Set Size and Homogeneity on Political Participation,“ Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 26 (1), 78−95.

  • Ehin, P. (2015). The Estonian Parliament and EU Affairs: A Watchdog that Does not Bark? . C. Hefftler, C. Neuhold, O. Rozenberg, J.Smith (eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of National Parliaments and the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 513-530.

  • Ehin, P.; Solvak, M. (2012). „Party voters gone astray: explaining independent candidate success in the 2009 European elections in Estonia.“ Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, 22(3), p. 269 – 291.

  • Berg, E. and P. Ehin, eds. (2009). Identity and Foreign Policy: Baltic-Russian Relations and European Integration. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

  • Ehin, P. (2008). “Competing Models of EU Legitimacy: the Test of Popular Expectations.” Journal of Common Market Studies, 46 (3), pp. 619 – 640.

  • Ehin, P. (2007). “Political Support in the Baltic States 1993-2004.” Journal of Baltic Studies, 38 (1), pp.1 – 20.

  • Berg, E. and Ehin, P. (2006). “What Kind of Border Regime is in the Making? Towards a Differentiated and Uneven Border Strategy.” Cooperation and Conflict, 41 (1), pp. 53 – 71.

  • Ehin, P. (2001). “Determinants of Public Support for EU Membership: Data from the Baltic Countries.” European Journal of Political Research, 40 (1), pp. 31 – 56.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • EU Horizon 2020 ERA Chair in E-governance and Digital Public Services (ECePs ERA Chair), a 2.5 million euro R&D grant awarded to the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, 2019 – 2024 (leader of Work Package 2 Recruitment)

  • EU Horizon 2020 Twinning project “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent”, EUR 1 million, 2016 – 2019 (project leader);

  • Grant from the University of Tartu Development Fund for launching a Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS), EUR 1.6 million, 2011 – 2015 (grant holder, Executive Director)

  • EU Horizon 2020 research project “Populist rebellion against modernity in 21st-century Eastern Europe: neo-traditionalism and neo-feudalism” (POPREBEL), 2019 – 2021 (participating researcher)

  • Open Society Foundation Eurasia program project “Hosting OSF Eurasia Program Fellows at the University of Tartu,” 2016 – 2020, USD 275,000 (project leader/coordinator)

  • “Political community in Flux: Identity, Sovereignty and Democracy in a Changing World,” institutional research grant funded by the Estonian Research Council, grant holder: Eiki Berg, EUR 539 400, 2014 – 2019 (one of the principal investigators)

  • “Independent candidates in National and European Elections”, service contract awarded by the European Parliament through public tender, EUR 54 400, 2012 (project leader)

  • “Assessing Electoral Democracy in the EU: European Parliament Elections 2009”, funded by the Estonian Science Foundation, EUR 53 000, 2009 – 2012 (grant holder).

  • „Explaining electoral choice sets: Estonia in comparative perspective“ funded by the Estonian Science Foundation, grant holder: Vello Pettai, EUR 48 000, 2009 – 2012 (participating researcher)

  • “True European Voter: A Strategy for Analysing the Prospects of European Electoral Democracy that Includes the West, the South and the East of the Continent”, COST Action, directed by the University of Mannheim, 2011 – 2014 (member of Management Committee)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Evaluation Committee, Estonian Research Council (www.etag.ee), 2017 – 2018

  • Member of the Social Sciences Council, University of Tartu, 2016 – 2018

  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the EU Secretariat of the State Chancellery of the government of Estonia (preparations for the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU in 2017), 2015 – 2017

  • Member of Council, European Social Survey in Estonia, since 2011

  • Member of Steering Committee, Estonian National Election Study (www.enes.ee), since 2011

  • Collaborator, European Election Studies (eeshomepage.net), since 2008

  • Collaborator, Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (www.cses.org), since 2007

Media coverage

  • Ehin, P.; Talving, L. (2020). Viimatistest Euroopa Parlamendi valimistest Euroopas ja Eestis. Riigikogu Toimetised, 41, 85−94 (https://rito.riigikogu.ee/nr-41/viimatistest-euroopa-parlamendi-valimistest-euroopas-ja-eestis/)

  • Ehin, P. Elections in Estonia: Winner Sidelined in Coalition Talks. Baltic Worlds, March 26, 2019 (http://balticworlds.com/elections-in-estonia-winner-sidelined-in-coalition-talks)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Leading and coordinating the work of international research teams and consortia, as evident from list of projects implemented

  • Organizing a wide range of conferences, workshops, sections and panels, since 2011


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Chair, Executive Board, Open Estonia Foundation (www.oef.org.ee), 2017 – 2018; 2008 – 2009


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