Eske van Gils
Eske van Gils is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for History. She teaches on the BA in International Studies and the MA in European Union Studies. Her main research interests include post-Soviet politics, European Union external relations, authoritarianism and democracy.
Fields of interest
In August 2020 I joined the Institute for History. I teach on the BA in International Studies and the MA in European Union Studies programmes.
My main fields of interests are politics in the post-Soviet region, with particular attention for Azerbaijan; as well as European Union external policies and the Eastern Partnership. In this light, my research looks at changing power dynamics between the EU and states in the post-Soviet region. Particularly, I am interested in the way that non-competitive regimes maintain domestic regime legitimacy by instrumentalising international relations, through strategies of resistance and diplomacy.
Prior to coming to Leiden, I worked at the University of Kent, UK, as a Lecturer in East European Politics and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a GCRF funded project, both at the School of Politics and International Relations. In 2016 I obtained a PhD there, on bargaining power in relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan. I hold a BSc in Political Science, and an MA in European Studies from Ghent University, Belgium.