Ilkhom Khalimzoda

Director, Nonresident Research Associate

Ilkhom Khalimzoda earned his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in November 2023. His research focused on intercultural relations, threat perception, attitudes towards immigrants, integration, and the role of media in these processes. He has actively contributed to the field, serving as the chairperson of the Finnish Intercultural Community from 2019 to 2023 and being selected for the monitoring group of Finland’s Center of Excellence in Immigrant Integration from 2021 to 2023. 

Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Language and Communication Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His areas of expertise include migration studies, intercultural relations, and media. He has been awarded a postdoctoral grant (2024-2027) by the Kone Foundation for his project titled “Social Media Crossroads: Navigating the Russian-West Divide”. In this project, he examines the social media activities of diaspora communities, particularly the Russian-speaking ones, to understand their perception of Finland, the war in Ukraine, and the economic downturn.

Latest by Ilkhom Khalimzoda


The Contours of Populism in Russia: An Elite Strategy to Preserve the Status Quo September 4, 2021.