Arild Engelsen Ruud

Professor - South Asia studies
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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


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


  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Hasan, Mubashar (2021). Introduction. In Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Hasan, Mubashar (Ed.), Masks of Authoritarianism: Hegemony, Power and Public Life in Bangladesh . Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 978-981-16-4316-3. p. 1–15.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Hasan, Mubashar (2021). Radical right Islamists in Bangladesh: A counter-intuitive argument. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. ISSN 0085-6401. 44(1), p. 71–88. doi: 10.1080/00856401.2021.1847410.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Hasan, Mubashar (2021). The state and the construction of the ‘blasphemer’ in Bangladesh. In Stensvold, Anne (Eds.), Blasphemies compared : Transgressive speech in a globalised world. Routledge. ISSN 9780367254223.
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020). The mohol: The hidden power structure of Bangladesh local politics . Contributions to Indian sociology. ISSN 0069-9667. doi: 10.1177/0069966720914055. Full text in Research Archive

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  • 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.
  • Samuelsen, Guro Warhuus; Nielsen, Kenneth Bo; Ruud, Arild Engelsen & Chatterjee, Niladri (2021). Modi - The Sage King? [Internet]. Nordic Asia Podcast.
  • 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.
  • Berg, Dag-Erik; Ruud, Arild Engelsen; Frøystad, Kathinka & Løkeland-Stai, Espen (2020). India-forsker om rektor-nei til India-tur: «Lite interesse for demokrati?». [Newspaper].
  • Ruud, Arild Engelsen (2020). Sandmafia sprer frykt. [Newspaper]. VG.

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Published Sep. 29, 2008 1:07 PM - Last modified Mar. 12, 2022 10:53 AM