Department of Political Science

Jakob Tolstrup

Associate professor

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Jakob Tolstrup

Associate professor

  • Department of Political Science
Postal address:
Bartholins Allé 7
1331, 230
8000
Aarhus C
Denmark

Email: tolstrup@ps.au.dk

Phone: +4587165626

Education

PhD in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2012
MA in Political Science and Russian Language, Department of Political Science and Department of Russian Studies, Aarhus University, 2009

Academic positions

Visiting scholar, Dublin City University, June-July 2019
Associate Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2015-
Assistant Professor in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2012-2015
AUFF Fellowship, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2012
Visiting scholar, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Stanford
University, Fall/Winter 2009
PhD-candidate, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, 2007-2011

Supervision

I supervise Master theses and PhD projects related to democratization, authoritarian politics, demonstrations/revolutions, coups, state repression, civil conflicts. In addition I have a keen interest in politics and political developments in Russia and the post-Soviet region.

Causes taught

Introduction to Political Science (undergraduate level), Fall 2018
Introduction to Political Science (undergraduate level), Fall 2017
Revolutions (undergraduate level), Spring 2017
Comparative Politics (undergraduate level), Fall 2016
Democracy and Dictatorship in Comparative Perspective (graduate level), Fall 2016
Comparative Politics (undergraduate level), Fall 2015
Democracy and Dictatorship in Comparative Perspective (graduate level), Fall 2015
Comparative Politics (undergraduate level), Spring 2015
Political violence and conflict in a strategic perspective (graduate level), Fall 2014
Comparative Politics (undergraduate level), Spring 2014
Politics in Europe, lecture on Russia and Russian foreign policy (undergraduate level), Spring 2014
Authoritarian regimes: stability, development and breakdown (graduate level), Fall 2013
Comparative Politics (undergraduate level), Spring 2013
Politics in Europe, lecture on Russia and Russian foreign policy (undergraduate level), Spring 2013
Understanding dictatorships (graduate level), Fall 2012
External influences: the international dimension of democratization (graduate level), Fall 2010

Publications

Books

Nielsen, JH, Aagaard Seeberg, M & Tolstrup, J 2017, Introduktion til komparativ politik. 1 edn, Hans Reitzels Forlag, København.
Tolstrup, J 2013, Russia vs. the EU: The Competition for Influence in Post-Soviet States. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder, Colorado.
Tolstrup, J 2012, External Actors and Democratization: Russia and the EU Competing for Influence in Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus 1991-2010. Politicas ph.d.-serie, Forlaget Politica.

Book chapters

Nielsen, JH, Aagaard Seeberg, M & Tolstrup, J 2017, Hvad er komparativ politik? in J Hassing Nielsen, M Aagaard Seeberg & J Tolstrup (eds), Introduktion til komparativ politik. 1 edn, Hans Reitzels Forlag, København, pp. 13-19.
Tolstrup, J 2017, Revolutioner. in J Hassing Nielsen, M Aagaard Seeberg & J Tolstrup (eds), Introduktion til komparativ politik. 1 edn, Hans Reitzels Forlag, København, pp. 199-224.
Tolstrup, J & Ulriksen, MS 2016, Komparativ metode. in JG Glavind & H Helboe Pedersen (eds), Gode spørgsmål, rigtige svar: Grundbog i samfundsfaglig metode. Gyldendal, København, pp. 103-111.
Tolstrup, J 2015, Subnational Level: Russian Support for Secessionism and Pockets of Autocracy. in A Obydenkova & A Libman (eds), Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia. Ashgate, pp. 109-132.
Tolstrup, J 2012, Cross-Conditionality in a Common Neighbourhood: Russia and the EU Competing for Influence in Moldova and Belarus. in RE Kanet & MR Freire (eds), Competing for Influence: The EU and Russia in Post-Soviet Eurasia. Republic of Letters Publishing, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, pp. 55-78.

Articles in academic journals

Ambrosio, T & Tolstrup, J 2019, 'How do we tell Authoritarian Diffusion from Illusion? Exploring Methodological Issues of Qualitative Research on Authoritarian Diffusion', Quality and Quantity. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-019-00892-8
Tolstrup, J, Aagaard Seeberg, M & Glavind, JG 2019, 'Signals of Support from Great Power Patrons and the Use of Repression During Nonviolent Protests', Comparative Political Studies, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 514-543. https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414018784047
Møller, J, Skaaning, S-E & Tolstrup, J 2017, 'International Influences and Democratic Regression in Interwar Europe: Disentangling the Impact of Power Politics and Demonstration Effects', Government and Opposition, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 559-586. https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2015.37
Tolstrup, J 2015, 'Black Knights and Elections in Authoritarian Regimes: Why and How Russia Supports Authoritarian Incumbents in Post-Soviet States', European Journal of Political Research, vol. 54, no. 4, pp. 673–690. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12079
Tolstrup, J 2015, 'Ukraines turbulente år: Fra folkeligt oprør til frossen konflikt', Nordisk Oestforum, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 271-288.
Tolstrup, J 2014, 'Gatekeepers and Linkages', Journal of Democracy, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 126-138. https://doi.org/10.1353/jod.2014.0076
Tolstrup, J 2013, 'Kampen for indflydelse i 'det nye Østeuropa'', Udenrigs, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 92-97.
Tolstrup, J 2013, 'When can External Actors Influence Democratization: Leverage, Linkages, and Gatekeeper Elites', Democratization, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 716-742. https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2012.666066
Tolstrup, J 2009, 'Studying a negative external actor: Russia's management of stability and instability in the 'Near Abroad'', Democratization, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 922-944.

Other publications

Tolstrup, J 2015, How black knights help dictators survive elections..
Tolstrup, J 2010, External perspectives on post-Soviet democratization:  EU Democracy Promotion and the Russian Challenge..

Reviewer activity

American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, International Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Routledge, Foreign Policy Analysis, Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Contemporary Politics, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Irish Research Council, Asian Journal of Political Science, Aarhus University Press, Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, Nordisk Østforum, Politica

Other Professional services

Advisor to the Danish Foreign Minister, Martin Lidegaard, on the Russo-Ukrainian crisis, May 2014
Chairman of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Lasse Lykke Rørbæk, Aarhus University, 2016
Member of editorial team of the Danish political science journal POLITICA (2017- )
Chairman of PhD dissertation evaluation committee for Suthan Krishnarajan, Aarhus University, 2018

Invited talks

'Russia - Unconventional operations', Oxford University (Oct. 2014),
Annual meeting in the Danish-Russian Society (Nov. 2013),
DIE Research Project closing conference, Berlin (March 2011).

Media appearances

Frequent appearances in Danish media on issues, in particular, related to Russia and the Post-Soviet area

Awards/Prizes

Nominated for the European Studies Book Award 2016
Nominated for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2014
Nominated for the Sapere Aude DFF Research Talent 2011

External Funding

‘Conflict and Democratization (CODE)’, The Danish Innovation Foundation, Co-PI, Apr 2015 – March 2019.
‘Individual Postdoctoral Grant 2011’, Danish Research Council (DFF), April 2012 – March 2015
‘Transition Grant 2011’, Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF), Dec 2011 – March 2012