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Dr Richard Mole
16 Taviton Street
Tel: 020 7679 8809
Fax: 020 7679 8777
  • Senior Lecturer

I studied German and Russian at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and International Relations at the University of Cambridge, where I also worked at the University's Baltic States Research Unit. After four years working for Credit Suisse in London and Zurich, I began my doctoral studies in 1997 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My PhD thesis examined the relationship between identity and foreign policy in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. After completing my PhD, I was a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, before taking up a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship at UCL.   I joined SSEES in 2004 as Lecturer in the Politics of Central Europe and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Political Sociology in 2010.

Research Summary

My research focuses the relationship between identity and power, with particular reference to nationalism, sexuality inter-state and inter-cultural relations, migration and social citizenship. I have a strong interest in discourse - particularly, post-structuralist discourse theory - and in socio-linguistics and social psychology. I have a broad interest in Central and Eastern Europe but work primarily on the Baltic States and Russia and increasingly on Germany, Poland and Brazil. 

In 2011 I was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers and in 2011-12 was Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin.

In 2010 I completed a two-year project on the Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles of London's East Europeans in collaboration with the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research of the UCL Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences. The project was funded by the UK Medical Research Council.

In 2009 three colleagues and I set up the UCL Nordic/Baltic Research Group, which was awarded ESRC funding to run a two-year seminar series on 'The Nordic and Baltic States in the European Political Imagination'.

My monograph on The Baltic States from the Soviet Union to the European Union: Identity, Discourse and Power in the Post-Communist Transition of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania was published by RoutledgeCurzon in April 2012. A paperback edition will appear in October 2013. My edited volume, Discursive Constructions of Identity in European Politics, was published by Palgrave in 2007. I have published articles and reviews in Ethnicity and Health, Nations and Nationalism, European Journal of Social Psychology, Slavonic & East European Review, Sexualities, Nordeuropa Forum, Journal of Baltic Studies and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Teaching Summary

I teach and contribute towards a range of courses relating to identity, politics and society:

  • Nation, Identity and Power in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Sexuality and Society in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology
  • Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
  • The Politics of Change in the Baltic States
  • Gender, Society and Representation
  • Migration and Health
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Migration
  • Issues in Global Migration

Together with my colleague, Dr Christopher Gerry, I set up the International MA in Economy, State and Society (IMESS), which was recognised by the EU Erasmus Mundus Programme in 2006, making UCL the first Russell Group university to have received such recognition. Students spend the first year at UCL SSEES and the second at one of our partners in Central and Eastern Europe: Belgrade University; Charles University in  Prague; Corvinus University of Budapest; Helsinki University; Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Jagiellonian  University in Krakow, or Tartu University. I was IMESS Programme Director from 2009-11 and I am currently IMESS Strategy Director.

In 2009 I was awarded a Provost’s Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

In 2008 I was a Visiting Professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Queretaro, Mexico.

In 2007 I was made a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Academic Background
2003 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – International Relations London School of Economics and Political Science
1992 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – International Relations University of Cambridge
1991 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – German and Russian Heriot-Watt University
03-05 CLTHE_1 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
03-05 CLTHE_2 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
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