Oxana Shevel

Oxana Shevel

(617) 627-2658
Packard Hall
Research/Areas of Interest:

Comparative Politics, post-Communist region


  • PhD in Political Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 2003
  • MPhil in International Relations, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1994
  • BA in English and French Philology, Kyiv State University, Kyiv, Ukraine, 1992


Oxana Shevel is an Associate Professor of comparative politic at Department of Political Science at Tufts University and Director of Tufts International Relations program. Her research and teaching focuses on the post-Soviet region, especially Ukraine and Russia, and issues such as nation building and identity politics, citizenship policies, memory politics, church-state relations, and democratization process in the post-Soviet region. Her most recent book (co-authored with Maria Popova) - Russia and Ukraine: Entangled Histories, Diverging States (Polity, 2024) - examines the root causes of the Russo-Ukrainian war and locates them in the growing domestic political divergence between Russia and Ukraine post-1991. Her earlier book, Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge, 2011) examined how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in the post-Communist region, leading countries to be more or less receptive to refugees. The book won the American Association of Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) prize for best book in the fields of Ukrainian history, politics, language, literature and culture. Professor Shevel's research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Comparative Politics, Current History, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Geopolitics, Journal of Democracy, Nationality Papers, Post-Soviet Affairs, Slavic Review and in edited volumes. Her policy commentary has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Just Security, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and in other national and international media outlets.

Outside of the department, Oxana Shevel serves as Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) and of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS). She's a country expert on Ukraine for Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), a member of PONARS Eurasia scholarly networks, and a board member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society (NTShA). She's also an associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Outside of academia, she has served as a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and for the US Department of State, and has provided expert testimony on applications for asylum in US courts.

Professor Shevel holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University, an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in England, and a BA in English and French from Kyiv State University in Ukraine.