Anthoula Malkopoulou

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Government, Faculty

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Visiting address:
Östra Ågatan 19
753 22 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Visiting researcher at Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society (CRS)

Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3C
751 20 Uppsala
Postal address:
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Box 511
751 20 Uppsala

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Anthoula Malkopoulou is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, specialised in democratic thought, conceptual history, the ethics of voting, populism and responses to extremism. She is the author of The History of Compulsory Voting in Europe (2015) and co-editor of Militant Democracy and its Critics (2019), Her forthcoming book Theories of Democratic Self-Defence won the 2022 York Political Theory Manuscript Award.

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I work as Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in Political Theory at Uppsala University since January 2022.

I came to Uppsala in 2012, one year after graduating with a PhD in Political Thought and Conceptual Change from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). I first did a post-doc at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies, and later received a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2014-16). In 2018, I became Docent in Political Science at Uppsala. In 2019 I spent a semester as Seeger Fellow at Princeton University, and during 2020-21 I worked as Senior Lecturer at Lund University. I have been a Visiting Professor in Adelaide, Helsinki, Dublin, Athens, Rome, Berlin. In spring 2024 I will be Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Currently, I serve as steering group member of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Concepts and as member of the editorial team of Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory. I also co-convene the Political Theory seminar at my department.

My main fields of research are contemporary democratic theory, history of political thought, constitutional theory and discourse analysis. I am especially interested in political representation, populism, parliamentarism, and voting rights and have published extensively on compulsory voting, and responses to far-right parties.

My publications include The History of Compulsory Voting in Europe (Routledge, 2015), Militant Democracy and its Critics (ed., 2019), Equality and Representation (ed., 2018) and Rhetoric, Politics and Conceptual Change (ed., 2011). I have also published numerous papers, among them “Three Models of Democratic Self-defense” (Political Studies, 2018) and “The Politics of Voter Presence” (International Political Science Review, 2020).

My forthcoming book on varieties of democratic self-defence is under contract with Oxford University Press and in 2022 won the York Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award. In 2023-24, I will be on a 12-month sabbatical funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond to complete the book.

I currently work on three other research projects:

Dilemmas of Democratic Self-Defence in European Public Broadcasting, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2021-23)

Populism and Democratic Defence in Europe, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation (2020-23)

Contributivism, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2019-23).

Concluded projects:

Democratic Self-Defense: The Social Model, funded by Marianne & Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (2019-22)

I am available for public commentary on topics related to Democracy, Populism, Participation, Parties, and Southern Europe.

For more info, news and regular updates, check my personal website.

My main research areas are democratic self-defence and militant democracy, the theory of representative institutions such as compulsory voting, sortition and the ancient practice of ostracism, and related issues in democratic theory, political ethics, and rhetoric.

In 2015, I published my first monograph combining political thought and voting ethics, The History of Compulsory Voting in Europe: Democracy's Duty? (Routledge). The book examines the contemporary discourse on mandatory voting in light of relevant debates in 19th and 20th century France, and argues that high voter turnout has been historically seen, among other, as an institutional barrier to extremist parties. You can read a book review here.

My upcoming book is a study of contemporary democratic theory and extremism. Titled Theories of Democratic Self-Defence, it focuses on the norms of exclusion, toleration and integration that drive the primary approaches to dealing with far-right parties. The book is under contract with Oxford University Press and has been awarded the York Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award in 2022.

I have also published peer-reviewed articles in political-science journals (International Political Science Review, Political Studies, Comparative European Politics, Australian Journal of Political Science, Acta Politica), political-theory journals (Constellations, Redescriptions, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy), journals of history of ideas (History of European Ideas, History of Political Thought) and law journals (European Constitutional Law Review).

I have co-edited the following volumes: Militant Democracy and its Critics (with Alexander Kirshner, 2019), Equal Representation (with Lisa Hill, 2016), and Rhetoric, Politics and Conceptual Change (with Kari Palonen, 2011).

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Anthoula Malkopoulou