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  • Scholar at risk: Dr. Olga Ryabchenko

    Dr. Olga Ryabchenko is the head of the Institute of Historical and Cultural Studies of O.M. Beketov University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv. She is also a member of the Institute of the History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She conducts research on the history of everyday life and the relationship between society and the ruling apparatus in Soviet Ukraine during the Stalinist era. Her stay at the OEI is part of a bridging fellowship for refugee scholars from Ukraine. 


  • Volodymyr Ishchenko

Volodymyr Ishchenko is a research associate at the Institute of East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. He defended a doctoral thesis in sociology at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine). In Ukraine, he lectured at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Kyiv Polytechnic Institute as well as initiated and supervised Ukrainian Protest and Coercion Data project. His research focused on protests and social movements, revolutions, radicalization, right and left politics, nationalism, civil society. He is currently working on a collective monograph The Maidan Uprising: Mobilization, Radicalization, and Revolution in Ukraine, 2013-14 and is a member of Deradicalization in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Reintegrate (D.Rad) project team (supported within Horizon-2020 program).


  • Margarita Maximova

    The Department of Economics welcomes Margarita Maximova to its team starting in the summer semester of 2022. Margarita Maximova starts as a research assistant and simultaneously begins her PhD. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow and completed a double degree master's program at the University of Paris I, Paris School of Economics and HSE. She worked as a research assistant in the Higher Education Development Laboratory at HSE and taught courses in econometrics at HSE. Her main research interests are economics of education and labor economics in Russia. Her dissertation examines inequality in higher education and the transition from college to work in Russia.