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Serhii Plokhii


    Professional affiliation

    Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University

    Full Biography

    Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. A leading authority on the region, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian. Plokhii is the author of several influential monographs, including, Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation (New York, 2017). His newest book, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe was be released by the Basic Books in May 2018.

    Previous Terms

    Short-Term Grant: "New Russia or Southern Ukraine?" May 2003: Evolution of historical identities in post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine and historians’ attempts to demarcate the new national boundaries of their scholarly research. Examines the interrelation between nationalism and history-writing, as well as the impact of the disintegration of multinational empires on the historical identities of the former dominant and dominated nations. Examines the impact of historical mythologies on the origins and development of territorial claims in the post-Soviet space.