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The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute is pleased to announce its research fellowship awards for 2015-2016. HURI’s fellowship program enables scholars to come to Harvard to carry out independent research on topics in Ukrainian studies. We are thankful to the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Foundation, the Petro Jacyk Education Foundation, the Ukrainian Studies Fund, and Dr. Jaroslaw and Nadia Mihaychuk whose gifts and endowment support have made such research opportunities possible.

Eugene and Daymel Shklar/Ukrainian Studies Fund Research Fellowships in Ukrainian Studies for the Fall Semester 2015


Alessandro Achilli received a PhD from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Milan (2015) with a dissertation on the poetry of Vasyl Stus and its Ukrainian, German and Russian intertexts. His research interests include Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and German poetry, comparative literature, and literary theory. While at HURI, Achilli will research "Neomodernism in Ukrainian Poetry of the Second Half of the 20th Century."



Oksana Iurkova is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her candidate of historical sciences degree (1999) from the Institute of History of Ukraine. She studies Ukrainian historiography of the 20th century, especially focusing on the interwar period (1920s–1930s), the Ukrainian historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky and his Kyiv historical school, as well as the activity of Ukrainian historical institutions of that period. While at HURI, Iurkova will conduct research on "American Sources for the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Digital Archives."


Anton Kotenko is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Historical Research, National Research University "Higher School of Economics" (St. Petersburg, Russia). Kotenko received his BA and MA in history at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy." In 2014 he was awarded a PhD in comparative history of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe from the Central European University (Budapest). His research interests include the history of European modernity, nationalism, science and environment in the nineteenth – first half of the twentieth centuries. During his stay at HURI Kotenko will revise his dissertation, "The Ukrainian Project in Search of National Space, 1861–1914," and prepare it for publication.


Huseyin Oylupinar received his PhD from the University of Alberta (2014), in the Interdisciplinary Degree program in History and Cultural Studies, with a dissertation on "Remaking Terra cosacorum: Kozak Revival and Kozak Collective Identity in Independent Ukraine." Subsequently, he taught courses on Turkish diplomatic history and foreign policy at the University of Economics‒Izmir (Turkey). His areas of interest include Ukrainian/Turkish/Tatar relations, collective memory and international relations, collective memory and construction of cultural and political space.  While at HURI Oylupinar will research "Fate of the Crimean Tatars: The First and the Last Annexation in Perspective."


Sophia Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She received her PhD from the University of Washington. Her research interests include nation building in the post-Soviet world, revolutionary movements, comparative law, and global human rights. At HURI Wilson's research project will be "The Ukrainian Revolution." Wherein 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, Wilson studies the 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.

Eugene and Daymel Shklar/Ukrainian Studies Fund Research Fellowships in Ukrainian Studies for the Spring Semester 2016


Oksana Dudko is a historian, researcher and project leader of Lviv Interactive project in the Center for Urban History in Lviv, Ukraine. In addition to her research, she teaches the course "The First World War: Between Historiography and Centenary" at the Ukrainian Catholic University. In 2011 Dudko received her candidate of historical sciences degree from the Vasyl Stefanyk National University (Ivano-Frankivsk). Her research interests include World War I, the social and cultural history of the twentieth century, the history of theater and theater management, contemporary political and critical theater in East Central Europe. During her residence at HURI her proposed research topic will be "Staging Culture at War: Theater, Networks, and Urban Space in Lviv (1914‒1918).


Paolo Fonzi received his PhD in history, jointly awarded by the University of Naples and Humbolt University of Berlin, with a dissertation on monetary plans for a National Socialist Grossraumwirtschaft, 1939-1945, which was published as a book in 2011. He has been Research Fellow at the National Institute for the History of the National Liberation Movement (Milan) and at the German Historical Institute (Rome). His main research interests include German history in the 20th century, with a particular focus on National Socialism and the German occupations during the Second War World, theories and history of fascism as a transnational phenomenon, and German perception of the Soviet Union during the Weimar Republic and Nazi era. While at HURI he will continue conducting research on “German Documents on the Great Famine”.