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Markian Dobczansky

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Contact Information

205 Coble Hall
M/C 429
Champaign, IL 61820
Associate Director


Markian Dobczansky is Associate Director of the European Union Center. He teaches classes in European Studies and serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the MAEUS program. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto and Columbia University. He received a Ph.D. in Russian/Soviet history from Stanford University with a dissertation on the politics of culture in twentieth-century Kharkiv. His research interests include the history of the Soviet Union, Ukraine, and Russia, the politics of culture, urban history, and the Cold War. He has also worked in an administrative capacity at the Central Eurasian Studies Society, the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S., and the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Dobczansky is currently an Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and German, and has studied Qazaq and Armenian.


  • Ph.D. Russian/Soviet History, Stanford University
  • M.A. Russian/Soviet History, Stanford University
  • B.A. European History and German Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

  • Dialogue on Europe
  • EU Institutions and Governance
  • The EU in a Global Context
  • Sibling Rivalry: Ukraine and Russia in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
  • Eurasian Urbanisms: From the Imperial to the Post-Soviet

Additional Campus Affiliations

Director of Graduate Studies, MAEUS Program, European Union Center

Affiliate, Russian, East European and Eurasian Center