Mikheil Kechaqmadze

Research Topic:

Democratisation; Election observation; Democracy promotion; Regime learning; Russia; Post- Soviet region.
Government and Politics Network
Linacre College
DPhil Politics

I am a DPhil student in Politics at Linacre College, where I research issues related to international election observation in Russia and in the wider post-Soviet region. Specifically, my study aims to enhance the understanding of the causes and mechanisms of the contestation over international election observation between Russia and intergovernmental and international nonprofit organisations and Western states.

Prior to commencing my doctorate I obtained a Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Georgia State University (Atlanta, USA) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary). I worked for several international organisations, including the Council of Europe (CoE), as well as for Georgian non-governmental organisations such as the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED).


My research interests include:

  • Democracy and Democratic Theory,
  • Elections and electoral politics,
  • Comparative Politics and Government,
  • Democracy and Democratisation,
  • Elections


I have taught classes on democratisation at Tbilisi State University,Georgia.


  • 2017 International Doctoral Program Scholarship, International Education Center (Tbilisi, Georgia)
  • 2010 Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Programme, US State Department Funded Exchange Programme (USA)
  • 2010 Legislative Fellowship Programme, US State Department Funded Exchange Programme (USA)
  • 2006 Central European University Master's Scholarship (Hungary)
  • 2004 Contemporary Issues Fellowship Programme, US State Department Funded Exchange Programme (USA)
  • 2002 Community Connections Programme,US State Department Funded Exchange Programme (USA)



Mikheil Kechaqmadze


"Anti-Revolutionary measures of the Post-Soviet regimes," published by Georgian Foundation of Stategic and International Studies (2007)