Zhenia Monastyrskyi

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I am Luhansk native historian of the Soviet Union and an acidental sociologist.

Prior to the outbreak of war in 2014, I studied history at the Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University, where I earned a BA in History and Pedagogy. After leaving my hometown in October 2014, I attended the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv), where I earned an MA in Modern History of Ukraine, and then worked as a Visiting assistant in research at Yale University. I was also a Global Dialogues Fellow at New School for Social Research (New York) in 2018. 

Since 2015, I have conducted over twenty qualitative studies on the experience and life of Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine, as well as the everyday experience of Ukrainian citizens living close to the frontline, for various international and domestic organizations, such as UNDP, USAID, UN Women, ICRC, Danish Refugee Council, People in Need, etc. Recent research focuses on the well-being of IDPs during the pandemic, as well as perceptions and expectations of peacebuilding initiatives in Ukraine. 

Before joining Yale, I was the head of research at the War Childhood Museum Ukraine, as well as the head of education reform support for the EU-funded “House of Europe” program and the head of research Charitable Foundation “Stabilisation Support Services”. 

2nd Year, European & Russian Studies
Fields of Interest: 
Concentration: Russian & Eastern Europe Social and institutional history of Soviet Union (establishment and design of ideological institutions in 1920-30s Soviet Ukraine); History of Donbas and Eastern Ukraine; Social implications of Russo-Ukrainian war.
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Eastern Europe
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