Oleg Rafalskiy (born October 21, 1959, the village Zabriddya Chernyakhivsky district, Zhytomyr region) – Ph.D., professor, corresponding member of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, corresponding member of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine, Director of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, President of the Association of Political Sciences of Ukraine.
He graduated from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University (1983). From 1983 to 1987 he worked as an assistant at the department of USSR history of the Pushkin Kirovograd State Pedagogical Institute, secretary of LKSMU of the same university. In 1987 he entered the post-graduate study of Shevchenko Kiev State University.
In 1990 he defended his thesis “Interethnic revolutionary relations of the student youth in Ukraine (the end of the XIX century. – 1914) (supervisor – doctor of historical sciences, professor Syerischev J.M.)
Since the end of 1990 – Senior Lecturer, Head of History of Ukraine department, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the Kirovohrad V. Vynnychenko State Pedagogical University.
In 1998-2000. – worked for doctor’s degree at I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, from 2000 to 2003 – Leading Research Scientist of the Institute.
In 2001 he defended his doctoral thesis “Minorities Ukraine in the XX century. Historiography “(scientific adviser – academician I.F. Kuras).
From 2003 to 2005 – Head of the Main Department of Internal Policy of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine.
From 2005 – 2006 – Leading Research Scientist of I.F. Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
2006-2007 – Deputy Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
From 2008 to the beginning 2010 – The First Deputy of the Head of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Since early 2010 to the end of 2014 – Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine
Researcher of political and ethnic processes in Ukraine in the nineteenth – early XXI century. Specializing on the theory and history of political thought in Ukraine, nation-building and state-building, theoretical and applied problems of modern political science, ethnopolitology, civilization processes in Ukraine. Author of over 100 scientific publications, including about 10 individual and collective monographs, encyclopedias, textbooks and manuals.