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Ruta Skriptaite

Ruta Skriptaite
Lecturer and convenor of Gender and Politics module (PO3GAP)

Areas of interest

- Political image-making
- Gender and Politics
- Gender and Visual Representation
- Masculinities

Postgraduate supervision

Gender and Politics as well as Political image-making  (especially as it relates to the post-Soviet Spaces)

Research centres and groups



Ruta is a final-stage Doctoral Researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. Her research explores the affinity between Hegemonic masculinity and Political image-making in the post-Soviet spaces, by providing a comparative analysis of Belarusian president Aliaksandr Lukashenka, the resigned Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev, and now deceased Turkmen leader Saparmurat Niyazov-Turkmenbashi.

Prior to starting her PhD research at University of Nottingham in 2019, Ruta completed an MA in Politics, Security and Integration at SSEES, UCL (2017), where her focus included Political image-making, Gender and Visual representation as well as Gender and Politics in the post-Soviet region. Accordingly, the topic of her MA thesis was 'The Use of Gendered Images in post-Soviet Political Image-Making: the Cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and Vladimir Putin'. Before that, she completed her BA(Hons) in International Relations at the University of Essex (2013)a . The undergraduate program included student exchange year, which Ruta spent at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Academic qualifications

  • MA in Politics, Security and Integration (SSEES, UCL)
  • BA(Hons) in International Relations (University of Essex)

Awards and honours

Cowan Award 2022, University of Nottingham, School of Politics 

Selected publications

Academic Papers in progress:

  • ‘A gendered analysis of the (self-) representation of the Belarusian pro-democracy leader of SvIatlana Tsikhanouskaya’ with Carole Spary. 
  • ‘Dynamics and Dangers of Political Traditionalism: A Comparative analysis of Political Images of Yulia Tymoshenko and Vladimir Putin’.  

Book Chapters:

  • Skriptaite, Ruta. 2023. ‘The Academic Lion Skin: Balancing Doctoral 


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