Arild Engelsen Ruud

Professor - South Asia studies
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Phone +47 22856712
Mobile phone +4799533823
Room 381 PAM
Available hours By appointment
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • Political culture in South Asia (in particular India and Bangladesh)
  • Political leadership, populism, authoritarianism, strongman leaders
  • Democracy and popular perceptions of democracy
  • Criminal leaders, mafia, authority
  • Recently published on blasphemy, Islamist radical right, increases in authoritarianism in democracies, notions of sovereignty


  • Modern South Asian history
  • Political culture in South Asia
  • Foundational issues for the study of Asian and African societies

Ongoing research

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

Higher education

  • PhD London School of Economics


  • 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--
  • Member editorial board, Studies in Indian Politics
Tags: South Asia, India, Political culture, Bangladesh


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  • Chatterjee, Niladri; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2021). Modi: The Sage King?. Dhaka Tribune.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Hasan, Mubashar; Georgeou, Nichole & Hawksley, Charles (2021). What Myanmar’s coup d’état means for the Rohingya refugees and their future. ABC.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Chatterjee, Niladri & Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus (2021). Den vise kongen - eller et politisk mesterstykke?. Asiapunkt.
  • Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Chatterjee, Niladri (2021, 22. februar). Modi - The Sage King?. [Internett].  Nordic Asia Podcast.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik; Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Frøystad, Kathinka & Løkeland-Stai, Espen (2020, 10. januar). India-forsker om rektor-nei til India-tur: «Lite interesse for demokrati?».
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020). Gatekamper i Delhi. Asiapunkt.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020, 26. mars). Intervju om Indias korona-tiltak. [Radio].  NRK Studio 2.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020, 02. mars). Jager muslimer, ønsker en hindunasjon.  Aftenposten.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020). Kashmir-konflikten, en historisk bakgrunn.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020, 11. april). Sandmafia sprer frykt.  VG.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020, 10. mars). Spedbarn blir solgt til prostitusjon.  VG.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020, 04. mars). Tobarnsfaren skulle ut og hente mat. Så ble han skutt av hindunasjonalister..  Aftenposten.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020, 24. februar). Trump i India. [Radio].  NRK Dagens.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020, 27. februar). Ute etter muslimer.  Klassekampen.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Jensenius, Francesca R.; Frøystad, Hanne Kathinka & Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2019). Valgvake - valget i India.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Indias geopolitiske spagat. Klassekampen.  ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Flåten, Lars Tore; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Nielsen, Kenneth Bo (2019). Modis æra. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.

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Published Sep. 29, 2008 1:07 PM - Last modified Feb. 24, 2021 6:38 PM