Department of Political science

The Department of Political Science is the largest department of the faculty, educating political scientists-analysts with a wide-ranging orientation who are able to adapt their knowledge in the academic and practical spheres.

The major research areas of the Department of Political Science are: national minorities, the impact of ethno-political conflicts on international relations, national and international security and human rights protection, European studies.

Bachelor degree programmes

Master degree programmes

Andžej Pukšto

Head of the department, associated professor


Fields of academic interests

Political tradition and political systems of Central and East Europe countries; post-socialist transformations; ethnic relations, rights of ethnic and national minorities; national and foreign policy of Russian Fedaration; common  foreign and security policy of the European Union

Email: andzej.puksto@vdu.lt

Milena Antanavičienė

Administrator


Email: milena.antanaviciene@vdu.lt

Algis Krupavičius

Professor


Fields of academic interests

Comparative politics, political sociology, public policy, quantitative and qualitative research methods

Email: algis.krupavicius@vdu.lt

Ingrida Unikaitė Jakuntavičienė

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Election studies, political campaign communication, political mediatization, political finance, political leadership, citizenship and migration politics, the EU politics, euroscepticizm

Email: ingrida.unikaite-jakuntaviciene@vdu.lt

Giedrius Česnakas

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

Energy security and energy policy, foreign policy of the republic of Lithuania, foreign and security policy of Russia, geopolitics

Email: giedrius.cesnakas@vdu.lt

Gintarė Žukaitė

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

Latin American studies, human rights, social movements

Email: gintare.zukaite@vdu.lt

Antanas Kulakauskas

Professor


Fields of academic interests

Modern political and social history; Nationalism; International and National Security; Democracy, political participation and local self-government

Email: antanas.kulakauskas@vdu.lt

Gerda Jakštaitė

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

US foreign policy, US-Russian relations, Lithuania‘s foreign policy, Euro-Atlantic relations, international security, international relations.

Email: gintare.zukaite@vdu.lt

Andrius Švarplys

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

Political sociology, european and national identities, political and social developments in Lithuania after post-communist transformations, postmodern social theory.

Email: andrius.svarplys@vdu.lt

 

Sima Rakutienė

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

International institutions and institutionalisms, institutions of the European Union, EU’s neighbourhood, foreign, development policy, regional and inter-regional cooperation in the Baltic sea region and Eastern Europe.

Email: sima.rakutiene@vdu.lt

Gintaras Šumskas

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

Comparative politics, elections, electoral behaviour, political communication, political marketing, economic voting, political economy.

Email: gintaras.sumskas@vdu.lt

Alpo Rusi

Professor


Fields of academic interests

The international system, its history and change factors;  Foreign  and security policy,history,theories, decision making; the EU as a security policy factor. crisis management ,peace negotiations; Russia History,Finnish-Russian relations, history of war and warfare

Email: alpo.rusi@vdu.lt

Mindaugas Norkevičius

Lecturer, PhD student,


Fields of academic interests

International Relations; regions and regionalism; organization of diplomatic service; politics of Eastern and Central Europe; political analysis and methodology; ethnicity studies; political communication; public relations; risk and crisis communication

Email: mindaugas.norkevicius@vdu.lt

Justinas Juozaitis

PhD student


Fields of academic interests

Intergovernmental organizations, small states, energy security, international relations theories, Lithuanian foreign, security and energy policies

Email: justinas.juozaitis@vdu.lt

Brigita Lokė

PhD student


Fields of academic interests

International political economy, conflicts and intervention, security

Email: brigita.loke@vdu.lt

Charles Szymanski

Professor


Fields of academic interests

International law, comparative labour law

Email: charles.szymanski@vdu.lt

Visvaldas Legkauskas

Associate professor


Fields of academic interests

Self-awareness, identity, relationship satisfaction, social influence and manipulation, development of social competence

Email: visvaldas.legkauskas@vdu.lt

 

Aušra Rimaitė

Lecturer


Fields of academic interests

Political Sociology, Political Campaigns, Research Methods

Email: ausra.rimaite@vdu.lt

Dovilė Šukytė

Assistent


Fields of academic interests

Monitoring and analysis of democratic processes in the EU Eastern Partnership countries, especially Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Email: dovile.sukyte@vdu.lt

Antanas Venckus

Lector


Fields of academic interests

International relations, International organizations, Diplomacy, International economy, Conflicts and security studies.

Email: antanas.venckus@vdu.lt

Robertas Rosinas

Lector


Fields of academic interests

International relations, International organizations, Diplomacy, International economy, Conflicts and security studies.

Email: robertas.rosinas@vdu.lt

DONATAS VAINALAVIČIUS

Lector


Fields of academic interests

EU Common Security and Defence Policy, Arms Control and Nonproliferation, International Crisis Management.

Email: donatas.vainalavicius@vdu.lt