Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Political Culture and Ideology (since 2012, Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Born on Sept. 27, 1953 in Lutsk. Graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic Institute (1977) and Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow (1988, honor diploma). Served as an editor and the deputy editor-in-chief of Vsesvit (The World) magazine (1984-1996), executive editor of the Krytyka monthly (1997-2000), and a research fellow at the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies (2001-2011).
He penned three monographs and dozens of scholarly articles in Ukrainian and English, as well as several popular books and collections of essays, translated eventually into Polish, French, German, Serbian, and Hungarian.
He won a number of fellowships, including Fulbright (1994-96, 2016), Kennan (1999), Reuters (2000), Milena Jesensky (2001), CEU (2002, 2005), Reagan-Fascell (2011), EURIAS (2013-14), and the Ukrainian Studies Research Fellowship at Harvard University (2019).
Mykola Riabchuk is a member of the editorial board of “Vsesvit”, “Krytyka”, “New Eastern Europe” and “Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society”, the honorary president of PEN Ukraine and the jury head of the Angelus international award (Wroclaw), a member of the Program Council of the International Cultural Center (Cracow) and member of the advisory board on the Ph.D. Scholarships in Humanities at Die Zeit Stiftung (Hamburg).
He was distinguished with the Antonovych Prize (2003) for the outstanding achievements in humanities; POLCUL award (1998) and “Bene merito” medal of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs for the significant contribution in Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation; a commemorative medal “200 years of the Warsaw University” (2017) for the achievements in teaching and research, and a medal “For Professional Achievements” (2018) at the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Mykola Riabchuk was a Petro Jacyk visiting professor at Columbia Unversity in 2006 and a Ramsay Tompkins visiting professor at the University of Alberta in 2007/2008, and he is a recurrent visiting lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, University of Warsaw and University of Regensburg.
Hs primary fields of interest are: postcommunist transformations, postcolonialism, national identity, cultural and language politics, Ukrainian-Polish and Ukrainian-Russian relations.