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Harriman Institute Statement

Russia's War on Ukraine

The Harriman Institute strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This attack on the Ukrainian people and on Ukrainian sovereignty violates the principles of international law and has inflicted deplorable suffering and instability across the region. In these tragic times, we will continue to inform and educate, particularly in an atmosphere of authoritarianism and amplified disinformation, as articulated by Columbia University’s President Lee Bollinger. We stand with all who are so terribly affected by this crisis. Please check back as we continue to announce initiatives and projects to support people and scholars of Ukraine. Suggestions for where to donate can be found at Razom for Ukraine.


In recognition of the need for urgent support of Ukraine’s intellectual community in the face of Russia’s war of aggression, the Harriman Institute, along with partner organizations, has created two new fellowship programs.

Non-residential Fellowships

Recognizing the need for ongoing support of Ukraine’s intellectual community in the face of Russia’s war of aggression, the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM Vienna), the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (HURI), and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University are partnering to offer non-residential fellowships for Ukrainian scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

We have jointly awarded 35 fellowships, which provide a one-time stipend of 5000 EUR to support recipients’ intellectual activities and carry a 5-month affiliation with the IWM from February-June 2023.

Residencies in Paris

The Harriman Institute, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, and Global Centers | Paris, with a gift from the Ukrainian Studies Fund, sponsored four 12-month residencies for Ukrainian writers, journalists, and creative artists for the 2022-23 academic year. Meet the fellows >


Residency in Vienna

The Harriman Institute and the Austrian Society for Literature, in partnership with the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria, are sponsoring a six-month residency for a displaced Ukrainian writer from January 1, 2024 to June 30, 2024. Olesya Yaremchuk, a freelance journalist and writer based in Lviv, has been named the Spring 2024 Harriman Resident

Faculty, Students, and Alumni Speak Out About

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Harriman Institute

Katharina Pistor

Katharina Pistor

Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law; Director, Center on Global Legal Transformation; Member, Committee on Global Thought

Stephen Sestanovich

Stephen Sestanovich

Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, Emeritus

Yuri Shevchuk

Yuri Shevchuk

Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian

Jack Snyder

Jack Snyder

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations

Natasha Udensiva

Natasha Udensiva

Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

Ukrainian History & Culture

Recommended Readings

Writers Respond to the War in Ukraine. Essays by Yevgenia Belorusets, Georgi Gospodinov, Maria Stepanova.

We’ll Not Die in Paris & Other Poems by Natalka Bilotserkivets (Harriman Resident at the Institute for Ideas & Imagination (Paris)

In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied Donbas by Stanislav Aseyev (HURI Books, 2022)

Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love by Volodymyr Rafaienko (HURI Books, 2022)

Apricots of Donbas by Lyuba Yakimchuk (Lost Horse Press, 2021)

The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy (Basic Books, 2021)

The Orphanage – A Novel Set in the Donbas War by Serhiy Zhadan (Yale University Press, 2021)

The Burden of the Past: History, Memory, and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine by Malgorzata Glowacka-Grajper and Anna Wylegała (Indiana University Press, 2020)

Imperial Urbanism in the Borderlands: Kyiv, 1800-1905 by Serhiy Bilenky (University of Toronto Press, 2019)

Ukraine: A Book of Essays by Intellectuals in English (Ukraine World, 2019)

Ukraine and Russian: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War by Paul J. D’Anieri (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

The Famine of 1932-1933 in Ukraine: An Anatomy of the Holodomor by Stanislaw Kulchytsky (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 2018)

My Final Territory: Selected Essays by Yuri Andrukhovych (University of Toronto Press, 2018)

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anna Applebaum (Penguin Random House, 2018)

Ukraine and Europe, edited by Giovanna Brogi Bercof, Marko Pavlyshyn, Serhii Plokhy (University of Toronto Press, 2017)

The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology compiled and edited by Mark Andryczyk (Academic Studies Press, 2017)

Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine edited by Oksana Maksymchuk & Max Rosochinsky (Academic Studies Press, 2017)

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder (Basic Books, 2010)

Also check out the Ukraine Event Archive on the Harriman YouTube Station.

Questions about Ukrainian Studies at Columbia University?

For more information about courses or the Ukrainian Studies Program, please contact Mark Andryczyk or send us an email. With questions about the Ukrainian Film Club reach out to Yuri Shevchuk.