Dr. Vilius Mačkinis

Assistant Professor
Research areas
European Studies
Political Theory
International Relations
Additional info

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2011-2018: PhD studies in Political Science, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. In 2019 defended doctoral dissertation titled „Traditions and Reforms: Enlightenment Influences on Lithuanian Political Thought” (supervisor Assoc. Prof. Vladas Sirutavičius).

2008-2010: International Masters in Economics and Society (IMESS) with a reference to East Central Europe. Double degree from University College London (UCL) and Charles University in Prague (Univerzita Karlova v Praze). 2004-2008: BA in Political Science, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University (Lithuania). Internships at Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (SUSI programme funded by the US Department of State). Member of „Political Concepts“ ECPR standing group.

Research projects and grants

  1. 2020: project leader “The Concept of Progress in Lithuania: from Idea to Policy”. Vilnius University
  2. 2016: project coordinator “25 Years of Trust Building in the Face of Global Challenges. Commemoration of the Restoration of Diplomatic Relations between the Nordic Countries and Lithuania”, Vilnius University
  3. 2012-2015: project administrator “Invisible society of Soviet-era Lithuania: the revision of distinction between systemic and non-systemic social networks”, Vilnius University

Courses taught

Inventing Eastern Europe: Explorations of the European East

Search and Research: Methods and Approaches in Political Science

History of Lithuanian Political Thought

Introduction to Political Science

Bachelor's Colloquium

Master‘s Seminar II and III

Research interests

History of ideas

Political thought

Idea of Eastern Europe


“Periphery as Context: Enlightenment Influences Towards Conceptual Change in Polish-Lithuanian Political Thinking in the Later 18th Century”, Baltic Journal of Political Science, (9-10), pp. 25-40.

„Prigimtinės tvarkos idėja kaip Mykolo Pranciškaus Karpavičiaus politinio mąstymo pagrindas“ [Idea of natural order as a basis for political thinking in the sermons of Mykolas Pranciškus Karpavičius], XVIII amžiaus studijos. T. 6: Lietuvos Didžioji Kunigaikštystė: Personalijos. Idėjos. Refleksijos, 2020.

„Politinio mastymo tradiciju beieškant: Apšvietos politines minties tyrimai Lietuvoje” [In search of the traditions in political thinking: Studies of Enlightenment political thought in Lithuania]. Politologija, 75(3), 3-27.

Review: Revering Freedom. Reviewed Work: "Queen Liberty: The Concept of Freedom in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth" by Anna Grześkowiak-Krwawicz. Contributions to the History of Concepts, vol. 9, no. 2, 2014.