Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, editor, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. BA, Kyiv Shevchenko Iniversity, Ukraine; MA, Kyiv Linguistic University; PhD (Candidate of Sciences), Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Literary critic, translator (1991 M.Lukash Prize for translating S.Beckett’s novel Watt into Ukrainian), playwright (1996 Sherban-Lapika Prize for The Short Course), writer (2007 BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Prize for Andrew’s Way). Most recent publications – a collection of short stories Tealuxe Sketchbook, Kyiv, Pulsary, 2012; a collection of stories and essays Old Stories Retold, Kyiv, Komora, 2013.
Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Sophia Wilson received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Her research interests include nation-building in the post-Soviet world, revolutionary movements, comparative law and global human rights. While at HURI, Wilson’s research project will be “The Ukrainian Revolution.” She will analyze the causes of Ukraine’s revolution of 2013-14, and the interactions between state and society during the uprising. On the basis of her fieldwork, she studies the dramatic acceleration of authoritarianism in Ukraine, including unprecedented brutality by riot police and state violations of due process for detained protesters. These rights violations led to further mobilization of the masses and the self-organization of multiple civic groups, creating a full-scale revolutionary movement.
Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. MA, Kyiv Shevchenko National University; Candidate of Sciences, Kyiv Shevchenko National University; PhD (in History), University of Toronto. Taught courses on Russian, Ukrainian, and east European histories at the University of Toronto (2009-2010) and Columbia University (2009-2012). The author of two monographs: Mykhailo Maksymovych ta osvitni praktyky na Pravoberezhnii Ukraїni u pershii polovyni XIX stolittia (Kyiv, 1999) and Romantic Nationalism in Eastern Europe: Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian Political Imaginations (Stanford University Press, 2012). The editor of the selected writings of the 19th century Ukrainian intellectuals Fashioning Modern Ukraine: Selected Writings of Mykola Kostomarov, Volodymyr Antonovych, and Mykhailo Drahomanov (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 2014).