The Krytyka Institute Launches the First English-language Scholarly Journal of Ukrainian Social Sciences

The Krytyka Institute (Kyiv, Ukraine) is proud to announce the launch of the first peer-reviewed English-language scholarly journal with a focus on Ukrainian social sciences - the Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society (JUPS).

The project will be headed by a team of young scholars in political science, serving as Editors- in-Chief: Dr. Nadiya Kravets and Dr. Olga Onuch. The journal has attracted a number of internationally acclaimed scholars to serve on the Journal’s Editorial Board (please find full list below). The Journal has announced its first Call for Submissions (please find below).

The Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society’s mission will be to aid the development of social sciences in Ukraine. The Editorial Board that will peer-review all articles submitted consists of world-renowned experts on Ukraine as well as exceptional emerging scholars. Published bi- annually and in an open-source format, the Journal will have a quick turn-around time between submission, review and consequent publication.

“Our vision is to embed the study of Ukraine in broader regional, international and transnational processes,” emphasizes Nadiya Kravets who received her DPhil in Politics at University of Oxford in 2012 where she defended her dissertation on domestic sources of Ukraine’s foreign and security policy since independence. Dr. Kravets is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

“In pursuing our goal, the Journal will focus on examining Ukraine's social and political transformations in comparative perspective as a part of larger macro-systemic, political, economic, legal, historical, and social dynamics,” explains Olga Onuch who received her DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford in 2011 where she defended her dissertation on social mobilization, protest, elections and the role of the media in democratizing states in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Dr. Onuch is currently a Newton Prize Fellow in Comparative Politics at the School of Interdisciplinary and Area Studies at the University of Oxford.

“In launching this new groundbreaking scholarly initiative, we aim to widen the pool of scholars who provide knowledge about Ukraine to global readership by helping local academics communicate their ideas to peers worldwide and in English,” adds George G. Grabowicz, Professor of Ukrainian Literature at Harvard and President of The Krytyka Institute.

The Journal particularly seeks to publish articles that place knowledge of Ukraine in wider comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives (within the region and with countries in other regions), and which shape and identify new directions in the study of Ukraine.

All materials will be published in bi-annual editions in an open-source format available to wide audience at no charge. Krytyka’s English edition team will perform the editing for the project, as well as translation and copy-editing of submissions in Russian and Ukrainian. The Krytyka Institute will host the Journal’s website on its new web platform that is currently in development. Krytyka reserves all rights to materials published.

Aboout Krytyka

Krytyka, the journal, was founded in 1997 by Ukrainian and American intellectuals to promote open and democratic values and high international standards of debate. By 2000, Krytyka also started publishing books (as Krytyka Press) and in the course of the decade has become generally recognized as perhaps the most prestigious independent publishing house in Ukraine, specializing both in academic books and belles lettres.

The Krytyka Institute was founded in 2003 as a not-for-profit research institution to focus Krytyka’s research activities and academic goals. Since then it has organized two major international conferences in Kyiv, and a number of academic and cultural symposia and events, and published dozens of books on subjects ranging from history to literature. Its latest publication is Chronicle of Collectivization and the Holodomor in Ukraine, 1927-1933 by Ludmyla Hrynevych, a compilation of documents and original research on events leading up to the Great Famine of 1932-33.

More information about the Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society (JUPS):

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Nadiya Kravets, Olga Onuch,

Editorial Board

Margarita M. Balmaceda (Seton Hall University) Timothy J. Colton (Harvard University)
Paul J. D’Anieri (University of Florida)
Marta Dyczok (University of Western Ontario)
Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge)
George Grabowicz (Harvard University)
Lubomyr Hajda (Harvard University)
Henry Hale (George Washington University)
Oleksiy Haran (University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)
Yaroslav Hrytsak (Ukrainian Catholic University)
Carol S. Leonard (University of Oxford)
Stanislav Markus (University of Chicago)
Tamara Martsenyuk (University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)
Serhii Plokhii (Harvard University)
Mykola Ryabchuk (University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)
Gwendolyn Sasse (University of Oxford)
Oxana Shevel (Tufts University)
Peter Solomon (University of Toronto)
Lucan Way (University of Toronto)
Andrew Wilson (University College London)
Maksym Yakovlyev (University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)

Call for Submissions

We invite article contributions for an inaugural issue of the Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society from scholars working on developments in Ukrainian economics, history, international relations, law, politics, public policy, and sociology. All methods and approaches will be considered. Manuscripts should not have been previously published. Preference will be given to articles that present findings from new research.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

Authors should limit their manuscripts to 8,000-10,000 words (including footnotes), although occasionally we will consider longer articles of an exceptional quality.

Please remove your name or any references in the manuscript that might identify you.

Include an abstract (100-150 words) on the first page of your manuscript.

Please send your submissions and all queries to the following Email address:



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