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I am currently Director of Fulbright Ukraine and  

IIE: Institute of International Education Kyiv.

For a recent press overview of the history of IIE since 1919 in light of current events, see here.  

For ways to locate help for individuals or institutions impacted by the ongoing war, please get in touch through this site, or at above links. Additional resources are compiled here.

I am currently based in Warszawa/Kyiv. 

In my daily work I serve a wide community of students, scholars, artists, and institutions globally connected to this region of the world. 

I am a scholar, author, consultant, and curator.

My recent monograph about Ukraine has won several awards including the 2022 American Association of Ukrainian Studies Book Prize, the MLA Slavic Studies Prize, and the Omeljan Pritsak Prize at ASEEES for Ukraine Studies given by Harvard. The forum for scholarly articles at Krytyka Press  that I co-founded, "Race and Postcolonialism" won the Ivan Lysiak Rudnycky Award from Ukraine's Ministry Foreign Affairs Inaugural Award for Cultural Diplomacy in 2020.


I completed my doctorate at the University of Michigan in Slavic Studies/REEES focused on Poland and Ukraine relations, visual culture, historiography, and gender. Among other research positions, I have been a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in REES Area Studies to Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (2017-18). I was also a Fellow at Univ. of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs (2015-2016), where I designed and hosted a conference about the beginning of the war in Ukraine featuring firsthand knowledge about the conflict from U.S. and Ukrainian and Canadian anthropologists and historians, entitled: "The Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Uncommon Perspectives." 

From 2018-2021 I was also a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at Univ. of Alberta, and also in 2018 at Institute for Russian and East European Studies at Uppsala Univ. in Sweden.

The first time I went to Ukraine was as a TEFL Peace Corps volunteer (2005-2007) after earning my BA in English literature and political theory at U.C. Berkeley.

I was born in the U.S. My ancestors arrived at Ellis Island in 1890-1910 and 1840s from Eastern Europe (Poland and "Ruthenia"), from Ireland, and from Germany. My great-grandfathers were tailors and small business owners then served in the American Civil War, and one of them was in Custer's Army in Michigan during WWI. Both of my grandfathers  were in the U.S. Navy in WWII: one guarded the Pacific Front by air and the other fought the Axis in fascist Italy. Later on, in the postwar era my grandparents continued to support Europe from the U.S. They helped Poland's Solidarity Movement, dissidents defecting from the USSR, escapees of the GULAG, Holocaust survivors and others. Democracy was the language of both of my grandmothers who raised many children and educated them all, even though they, like many women of their own generation, were not able to attend university themselves. They inspire my work most of all.

I learned Ukrainian and Polish as an adult.

English is my native language; I learned Spanish as a child.

Several languages, religions, and nationalities

are woven into the fabric of my life.


Peace & Conflict Studies.

Human Rights. 

Ukraine. Poland. 

International Education.

Diplomacy. Historiography. Gender.

Social Movements & Protest.
Visual Culture.

February 2022-2023 Edition

Ukraine: War and Resistance:

Fulbright Stories from the 
Unfinished War, Ed. Marian Luniv

(click images for full PDF)


Portrait by Oksana Briukhovetska, 2021

March 2022/2023 Edition



Exhibition of American and Ukrainian Photographers, Alumni of the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program


So far 9 locations across America and in Ukraine: Vynnitsia City Museum in Ukraine; U-Minnesota; U-Penn; MichiganTech; U-Iowa. Upcoming in San Francisco, and Berlin in partnership with Fulbright Germany.  Reach out here or at Fulbright Ukraine to bring this exhibition to your region, university, NGO, etc. We especially support endeavors raising awareness among the general public and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.


This exhibit presents the works of JT Blatty, Alexey (Oleksii) Furman, Brendan Hoffman, Serhii Korovayny, Oksana Parafeniuk, Joseph Sywenkyj, and Emine Ziyatdinova. The authors of the photos are all Fulbright Alumni who are either from Ukraine, or Americans who spent their Fulbright year in Ukraine. With the beginning of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, a cohort of Fulbright photographers, both Ukrainians and Americans, found themselves at the epicenter of momentous events equipped with

their own weapons of defense: knowledge and a camera. They managed to capture the tragic and heroic, devastating and hopeful moments of present life in Ukraine. These photos were exhibited for the first time in Ukraine, during the fall of 2022 as a single exhibition at the Museum of the City of Vinnytsia.

Now, in 2023, both the geography and meaning of the exhibition continue to expand because the themes and plots within these works have become increasingly important for the preservation of democracy across the globe, and the victory of Ukraine. Thanks to the joint initiative of the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program in Ukraine, the Institute of International Education in Ukraine, and several partnering host institutions, the photo exhibition Ukraine: War and Resistance continues to travel, educate, and motivate.

NewsNet: News for the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies v. 63 no. 2: 

                 "Curating the War: A Conversation with Jessica Zychowicz and Grace Mahoney." March 2023. Link here. 


                               by Natalia Holtzman, Thursday, February 16, 2023. LINK HERE.

Panelist. "Solidarity with Ukraine: Scholars at Risk." IIE & Poland National Academy of Sciences. NAFSA Conference. Washington, D.C. May 2023.

Panelist. "Overview of the SUDUS Project since 2018: Strengthening Ukraine's Displaced Universities Sustainability" with Project Lead Serhiy Zaitsev.

             Conference title: Education Disrupted! Universities in a Time of War! Co-organized by Redlands University, Kyiv National Economics

             University, and University of Economics Bratislava. February 23, 2023.

Panelist. "Ukrainian Women and the War" with Dr. Cynthia Buckley, Dr. Marta Havryshko, Dr. Oksana Kis. Hosted virtually by the

               Romanoff Center for Russian Studies, the Dept. of International & Area Studies, and the Dept. of Women's and Gender Studies

               at the University of Oklahoma. Organized by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies Annual Panel Series.

               February 16, 2023. Link here.


Keynote Speaker in-person in Dublin at Ireland Museum of Modern Art: 100 Years of Self-Determination, November 9, 10, 11. Link.

Chief Editor and contributing author. Peer-reviewed anthology featuring fifteen scholars. Due out early 2023.


Chapter. " 'As Never Before': The Body and Revolution in the Ukrainian Worlds of Natalka Husar and Lesia Khomenko" in

                 UKRAINIAN CANADIAN VISUAL ART, Eds. John-Paul Himka and

                 Kalyna Somchynsky. Edmonton, U-Alberta: Shevchenko Scientific Society of Canada, 2022. LinkPDF. 

Co-Editor, Special Issue of East West Journal of Ukrainian Studies Vol. 9 No. 2 (2022): "Odesa's Many Frontiers" University of Alberta.

                 Available here: East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (

Monograph, Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine, Univ of Toronto Press, 2020.
                Polish and Ukrainian versions both due out in 2023.

                See among list of "10 Books for Understanding Ukraine" and also several reviews by scholars in U.S. and Europe, below.

More under "Publications & Talks" 


Monograph. Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (Univ. of Toronto Press 2021).

More info here.

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Women Artists of 
Ukraine Respond 

to War

August - Dec. 2022

University of Michigan

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Catherina Lisovenko

Exhibition: Link here (additional site to be posted soon).
University of Michigan Inst. for Research on Women & Gender.

Curators: Jessica Zychowicz & Grace Mahoney. Featuring original works by 10 Ukrainian women artists.  August 25 - December 31 2022. Lane Gallery.

Title Image: Ukraine Will Resist by Kinder Album (2022)

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Conference. June 2022.

Co-organizers: Warsaw University, Fulbright Ukraine; Ivano-Frankivsk University

"Ucrainicum" 26th Annual Summer School, Greifswald, Germany, August 2022

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Opening Lecture: "From the Revolution of Dignity to War: Critical Art Practices and Gender in Ukraine since 2013," J. Zychowicz. University of Dresden. Lecture Series, Doing Gender in Eastern European Art

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Opening Lecture. Ireland Museum of Modern Art Summer School 2022. "From a War of Images to an Image of War: Artistic Representation in Poland & Ukraine 2000s to Today."

Full Public Program here

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