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Ola (Aleksandra) Hnatiuk is a professor of Slavic Studies at the Center for East European Studies at the University of Warsaw and, since 2010, professor in History at the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”. Dr. Hnatiuk is also the Coordinator of Joint Master’s Programs between the University of Warsaw and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

In 2012, Dr. Hnatiuk received the Polonia Restituta Award – the Republic of Poland State Award. In November 2018, Dr. Hnatiuk was awarded the highest honor from the Polish Chapter of PEN International for outstanding her creative writing and literary essays. This prestigious award from the association that promotes and protects the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding, advances freedom of expression and acts as a powerful voice to protect writers throughout the world is the highest award a writer can receive. Dr. Hnatiuk received her doctorate in Ukrainian Literature and Culture from the University of Warsaw. She was a Harvard University Ukrainian Research Institute Shklar Fellow in 2001-2002 and served in the Polish diplomatic corps from 2006 to 2010 as the First Counselor. She has received numerous awards, including Polonia Restituta (Republic of Poland highest state award) and the Antonovych Foundation Award for fostering Polish-Ukrainian cultural cooperation.

Dr. Hnatiuk is the author of numerous research works and publications. Her book “Courage and Fear” received the top award at the Lviv Book Fair in 2015. It is available in Polish, Ukrainian, and English. It is a history of Lviv during the occupation period, that is, the Second World War, from 1939 to 1944, and much more than that. Kyiv-Mohyla Publishing House Dukh i Litera published her collection of essays “Between Literature and Politics” in 2012.

The work of Dr. Ola Hnatiuk is an inspiration to young scholars and historians at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and for the world academic community.

Cambridge: Polish-Ukrainian Relations for the 21st Century

University of Toronto: Cooperation between Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians in Lviv during WWII

Book: Between Literature and Politics

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