2017-01-07 by Michal Smrek
The Skytte Prize has an essential role to play in recognizing and rewarding the intellectual work that is done in our profession on a global and life-long scale.
– Vello Pettai, Skytte Prize Committee Member
The Skytte Prize Committee that traditionally consists of 6 senior political scientists welcomes a new member – Vello Pettai, Professor of Comparative Politics based at the new Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at Tartu University (Estonia). Earning his PhD in 2004 from Columbia University, Vello was appointed as a Professor of Comparative Politics at Tartu University in 2005. Tartu University was founded in 1632 by Johan Skytte, an enlightened supporter of education and higher learning, while serving as the governor of Swedish Baltic provinces of Livonia and Karelia. This, however, is not the only connection that ties Vello to the legacy of Johan Skytte. In 2016, he was among the founding members of the newly established Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies in Tartu.