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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Andro Kitus, BA, MA, PhD (Tartu)

Marie Curie Research Fellow



Andro Kitus joined the School of Politics and International Relations as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow in March 2019, after two years at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA (the department of Comparative Literature). Previously, he held the position of a lecturer at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University Tartu, Estonia. He completed his PhD at the University of Tartu in 2014.


Research Interests:

Andro’s broader research field is in political philosophy/theory, and more specifically, he is interested in poststructuralist political thought. His recent research projects deal with Ernesto Laclau’s and Chantal Mouffe’s theory of hegemony, and with the concept of legitimacy from a post-structuralist (deconstructive) perspective.

Examples of research funding:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Global Fellowship, for the research project “Legitimacy, Sovereignty and the Public Sphere”. Grant agreement number: H2020-MSCA-704479 (call of 2015)

Third prize at the National Contest of Doctoral Dissertations, awarded to A Post-Structuralist “Concept” of Legitimacy by Estonian Research Council (2014)

Research Scholarship of Archimedes Foundation, Estonian Ministry of Education, for PhD research at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London (2008)

Research Scholarship of the European Commission (the 6th Framework programme “Reconstitution of Democracy in Europe)” for research at the Jean-Monnet Centre for European Studies, University of Bremen (2007)

Ilmar Heinsoo award and Estonian National Culture Foundation scholarship for studying at the University of Toronto (2005)



“Europeanization, Democratic Deficit and the Constitutional Debate in Estonia”, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2008.

Book review “Founding acts: Constitutional Origins in a Democratic Age”, Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2017.

Research monographs

A Post-Structuralist “Concept” of Legitimacy, in series “Dissertationes rerum politicarum”, Tartu: University of Tartu Press, 2014.
Recent conference presentations

“Legitimacy and the Public Sphere” at Engaging the Contemporary 2017: Issues in Contemporary Political and Social Philosophy, University of Malta, November 15-17, 2017

“Sovereignty, Deconstruction, and the Conceptual Differentiation between State and Society” at the conference “Violence, Space and the Political”, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 7-9, 2018

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