Oxana Shevel

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Tufts University
Dept. of Political Science
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Medford, MA 02155

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Comparative Politics, post-Communist region

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003

Professor Shevel's research and teaching focus on the post-Communist region surrounding Russia and issues such as nation- and state-building, the politics of citizenship and migration, memory politics, and the influence of international institutions on democratization. She is the author of Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge 2011), which examines 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 received the 2012 American Association of Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) book prize. At present, Professor Shevel is working on a new book project - comparative study of the sources of citizenship policies in new post-Communist states. Articles based on this project were published in Comparative Politics in 2009, and in Post-Soviet Affairs in 2012. Oxana Shevel's research has also appeared in the East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Slavic Review, Political Science Quarterly, Nationality Papers, and in edited volumes.

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. She is an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, a member of the EUDO Citizenship expert group as a country expert on Ukraine, and a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) scholarly network. Prior to coming to Tufts, Prof. Shevel taught at Purdue University and held post-doctoral appointments at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.




  • "The Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine, October 2014," Electoral Studies, vol. 39 (September 2015), pp. 159-163.
  • "Ukrainian Political Science and the Study of Ukraine Within American Political Science: How Similar, How Different?" Journal of Ukrainian Society and Politics, vol. 1 (2015), pp. 23-32.
  • "Memory of the Past and Visions of the Future: Remembering the Soviet Era and its End in Ukraine," in Michael Bernhard and Jan Kubik, eds., Twenty Years After Communism (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 146-169.
  • "The Politics of Citizenship Policy in Post-Soviet Russia," Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 1 (January-March 2012), pp. 111-147.
  • "The politics of memory in a divided society: a comparison of post-Franco Spain and post-Soviet Ukraine." Slavic Review, Vol. 70, No. 1 (Spring 2011): 137-164.
  • "Russian nation-building from Yeltsin to Medvedev: ethnic, civic, or purposefully ambiguous?" Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 63, No. 1 (March 2011): 179-202.
  • "The post-Communist diaspora laws: Beyond the "good civic vs. bad ethnic" nationalism dichotomy." East European Politics and Societies, Vol. 24, No. 1 (February 2010): 159-187.
  • "The Politics of Citizenship Policy in New States." Comparative Politics, Vol. 41, No. 3 (April 2009): 273-291