Prof. Dr. Vello Pettai

Vello Pettai has been Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Tartu since 2005. His research has appeared in a range of international academic journals including Nations and Nationalism, East European Politics and Societies and Nationalities Papers. He has also published five books, most recently co-authoring the monograph Transitional and Retrospective Justice in the Baltic States, (Cambridge University Press, 2015). From 1997 to 1999 Pettai served as Chair and Representative of the President of Estonia to the country’s Roundtable on National Minorities, where he led a series of initiatives related to Estonia’s compliance with the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities as well as the problem of stateless children. Following this work in the policy domain, Pettai continued to operate as an expert on minority integration as well as teach courses on ethnopolitics.

At the University of Tartu, he served twice as head of his department, during which he oversaw an extensive internationalization of both personnel, research funding, and academic activities. Pettai has also served as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research and as Chair of the High Council of the European University Institute. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University (USA) and spent two years as a DAAD Guest Professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg. He speaks six languages, including German, French, Russian, Estonian and Latvian.

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