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CREEES Welcomes Scholars from Ukraine to the Forty Acres

  • Oct 13, 2022

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) welcomes the arrival of six scholars from Ukraine who have become a part of The University of Texas at Austin community this fall.  

With support from Texas Global and a variety of organizations across campus, CREEES secured year-long appointments for these Ukrainian academics and specialists from a variety of disciplines. The center is in the process of trying to bring additional Ukrainian scholars to campus throughout the semester.  

While in Austin, these scholars will teach and/or conduct research in labs across campus or work on individual research projects. You can read more about the scholars and their work on the CREEES Visiting Scholars page and in the biographies below. 

Volodymyr Kulikov, Ph.D., is a business historian joining the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies as a visiting associate professor for the academic year. This fall, Kulikov is co-teaching “Conflict and Coexistence in Eastern Europe” with CREEES Director Mary Neuburger and “Introduction to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies” with Professor Vladislav Beronja.  

Roman Mykhailyshyn, Ph.D., is a robotics engineer and professor from Ternopil, Ukraine, who brings his expertise and experience to Texas Robotics, working in the lab of Associate Professor Ann Majewicz Fey. In addition to Mykhailyshyn’s research, he will also create and fine-tune his own course in advanced mechatronics for his students in Ukraine, taking inspiration from the relevant rigorous courses and faculty in the Cockrell School of Engineering. 

Tetiana Klynina, Ph.D., is a historian who will be working as a Senior Research Fellow at Clements Center for National Security and managing a project on historical narratives in disinformation for the Global DisInformation Lab at UT Austin. She is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and works and is an associate professor (docent) in the History and Documentation Department, Faculty of Linguistic and Social Communication at the National Aviation University in Kyiv. 

Victoria Trofimenko is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Kyiv. During her tenure as artist-in-residence at UT Austin in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, she hopes to be able to finish her first draft on the life of Yakiv Drobot, who saved nearly 3,000 lives during the Holodomor, an artificial famine forced upon Soviet Ukraine 1931-1933 by Joseph Stalin.  

Yuriy Loboda, Ph.D., is a lead researcher at the Ivan Cherniakhovskyi National Defense University of Ukraine in Kyiv. His research interests include civil-military relations in academia, which brought him to UT Austin, a known leader in research collaboration and cooperation with the United States Armed Forces.   

Lesia Cheban is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at UT Austin for the 2022-2023 academic year. Lesia is excited to assist with various levels of Ukrainian language courses, working under the supervision of CREEES’s superlative multi-language instructor and award-winning author, Professor Oksana Lutsyshyna.  

Read more about the scholars from the College of Liberal Arts.