Arild Engelsen Ruud

Professor - Study of Religion
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Room 381 PAM
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic Interests

  • Political culture in Asia (in particular India, Bangladesh and the Philippines)
  • Theories of political leadership, populism, authoritarianism
  • Democracy and popular perceptions of democracy
  • Criminal leaders, mafia, authority
  • Also blasphemy, Islamist radical right, notions of sovereignty


  • Modern South Asia studies, master level
  • Foundational issues for the study of Asian and African societies

Ongoing research

Leadership and popular participation in Asian democracies

Also engaged in two broad research topics: South Asian Political Culture and Religion and Politics.

Higher education

  • PhD London School of Economics


  • Member Editorial board:
    • Contributions to Indian Sociology
    • Studies in Indian Politics
    • North South Journal of Global Studies
  • Recent assignments:
    • Head of Research, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages 2015--2020
    • Head of Board, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo 2013--2021
Tags: South Asia, India, Political culture, Bangladesh


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  • Endresen, Cecilie & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). Ferdinand Marcos, igjen. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839. p. 20–20.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). Opptøyer i India etter drap. [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). State-making, violence, and political muscle: Bangladesh as a polycratic state.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). Masks of Authoritarianism.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). Intervju om valget på Filippinene. [Radio]. NRK Radio.
  • Endresen, Cecilie & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2022). Hvorfor vant diktatorsønnen valget? Avisa Vårt land. p. 16–17.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2021). 50 years of Bangladesh: The making of a polycratic state. Dhaka Tribune.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2021). State-making, Violence, and Political Muscle: Bangladesh as Polycratic State.
  • Chatterjee, Niladri; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Mahmood, Zaad (2021). Making Sense of the West Bengal Elections. [Internet]. Nordic Asia Podcast.
  • Chatterjee, Niladri; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Mahmood, Zaad (2021). Authoritarian Populism in South Asia: Mamata Banerjee as a Strong(wo)man Leader.
  • Chatterjee, Niladri & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2021). West Bengal Election 2021: Why it is monumental? Shuddhashar. ISSN 2535-7476.
  • Chatterjee, Niladri & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2021). Understanding the ‘Enigma’ in Indian Politics: West Bengal Assembly Election 2021. Shuddhashar. ISSN 2535-7476.
  • Chatterjee, Niladri; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2021). Modi: The Sage King? Dhaka Tribune.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Chatterjee, Niladri & Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus (2021). Den vise kongen - eller et politisk mesterstykke? Asiapunkt.

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Published Sep. 29, 2008 1:07 PM - Last modified Aug. 8, 2022 11:49 AM