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. I am currently preparing my first book manuscript, provisionally titled Diverging Paths: An Intimate History of Russian and Ukrainian Nationalisms in Late Imperial Kiev. Tracing the story of the Shul’gin/Shul’hyn family, whose members included both Russian and Ukrainian nationalists, my book will analyze what prompted 19th-century intellectuals to identify with either one or another imagined community. I have also started research for a second project, which asks to what extent the Ukrainian Soviet Republic employed “banal” forms of nationalism to codify itself a Ukrainian nation-state – and whether its population perceived it as such.


“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.