Postdoctoral Fellow in History

PhD 2020 (History) Universität Basel

Research Interests

Modern Russia and Ukraine; nationalism; empire; family history; Russian-Ukrainian relations in the imperial and Soviet period


I am a visiting postdoctoral fellow and holder of a Postdoc.Mobility grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. My first book Dynasty Divided: A Family History of Russian and Ukrainian Nationalism will be published by NIU Press/Cornell University Press in August 2023. Tracing the story of the Shul’gin/Shul’hyn family, whose members included both Russian and Ukrainian nationalists, Dynasty Divided analyzes what prompted nineteenth-century intellectuals to identify with either one or another imagined community. I am now working on a postdoctoral project that looks at “banal” forms of nationalism in late Soviet Ukraine. Looking at state propaganda and statements by republican officials, I ask how the political idiom of nationhood survived and changed during the 1970s, a period traditionally described as one of russification and denationalization.


Dynasty Divided: A Family History of Russian and Ukranian Nationalism. NIU Press/Cornell University Press, 2023 (forthcoming).

Von Krieg zu Krieg: Historische Ukraineforschung seit 2014,” Osteuropa 1–3 (2022), 309–18.

“Nationality as Choice of Path: Iakov Shul’gin, Dmitrii Pikhno, and the Russian-Ukrainian Crossroads,” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (forthcoming).      

“Review of Trevor Erlacher, Ukrainian Nationalism in the Age of Extremes. An Intellectual Biography of Dmytro Dontsov,” Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas (forthcoming).

“Vid spivpratsi do konfrontatsiï: Mykhailo Drahomanov, rodyna Shul’ginykh i rozbrat v seredovyshchi kyïvs’koï intelihentsiï,” Spadshchyna: Literaturne dzhereloznavstvo, tekstolohiia 16 (forthcoming).

‘Anti-Russland’? Die Ukraine als politisches Projekt,” Geschichte der Gegenwart, 6 April 2022.

“Dragged into the Whirlwind: The Shul’gin Family, Kievlianin, and Kiev’s Russian Nationalist Movement in 1917.” In Korine Amacher and F. Benjamin Schenk et al., eds., Personal Trajectories in Russia’s War and Revolution (1914–1922). Biographical Itineraries, Individual Experiences, Autobiographical Reflections, Russia’s Great War & Revolution Series 9 (Bloomington: Slavica, 2021), 73–92.

“Einseitiger Einheitswunsch – Putins neueste Geschichtslektion,” Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West 9 (2021), 3–5.

Als Genf das Zentrum der Ukraine war,” NZZ Geschichte 1 (2021), 87–95.

Review of Olena Palko, Making Ukraine Soviet: Literature and Cultural Politics under Lenin and Stalin,” History: The Journal of the Historical Association, vol. 107, no. 374, 2022, 188–190.

Review of Serhiy Bilenky, Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands: Kyiv, 1800-1905,” East/West Journal of Ukrainian Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, 2019, 231–233.

Geschichtspolitik mit dem Holzhammer,” Geschichte der Gegenwart, 7 December 2016.