Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Ukrainian Studies
Markian Dobczansky is a historian specializing in Soviet urban history, the politics of culture, and Russian-Ukrainian relations. He received a Ph.D. in Soviet history from Stanford University in September 2016.
His book manuscript "Between Moscow and Kyiv: The Politics of Culture in Twentieth Century Kharkiv" examines local identity in Kharkiv, the largest metropolis of the Ukrainian-Russian cultural borderland, from 1917 to the 1990s. Utilizing archival materials from eight archives in Ukraine and Russia, memoirs, newspapers, and interviews, the book argues that the Soviet experience shaped a distinctive local identity that blended Ukrainian, Russian, Jewish, and Soviet elements.
At the Harriman Institute, Dr. Dobczansky will revise his monograph for publication. He will also conduct additional research at Columbia University's Bakhmeteff Archive and Butler library, as well as at other archives in the New York City area. In spring 2018, he will teach a course titled "Eurasian Urbanisms: From the Imperial to the Post-Soviet."
Prior to coming to Columbia, he has held fellowships at The George Washington University and at the University of Toronto, where he was the Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow in Ukrainian Politics, Culture, and Society.