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Cambridge Ukrainian Studies

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


About Us

'Shevchenko Way', a University of Cambridge street named after Taras Shevchenko in 2013-14

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies is an academic centre in the Department of Slavonic Studies in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge. It was launched in 2008 to advance knowledge about Ukraine, the largest country within Europe. Cambridge Ukrainian Studies was made permanent in 2010. Since its inception, the programme has trained over 300 students.

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies works in partnership with the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES) and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

Rory Finnin, University Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies

Rory Finnin directs Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and gives lectures and supervisions to undergraduate and postgraduate students on Ukrainian culture and society. He leads Papers SL 9 and SL 10 and teaches an MPhil module in Russian, Polish and Ukrainian literatures and nationalisms. In 2015 Finnin won a Teaching Award for Outstanding Lecturer from the Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU), the representative body for all students at the University.

Finnin's primary research interest is the interplay of literature and national identity in Ukraine. His current project is a comparative study of the role of lyric poetry in the emergence of modern European nationalisms. Finnin received his PhD in Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He is also a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge; Chair of the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES); and Head of the Department of Slavonic Studies

Marta Jenkala, Lector in Ukrainian

Marta Jenkala leads the Elementary and Intermediate Ukrainian language open courses and teaches the Ukrainian language classes for Tripos Paper SL 9. She is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Ukrainian at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), where she teaches Ukrainian language, culture and translation studies.

She is the author of Read Ukrainian!, an online course of interactive materials designed to support the acquisition of reading skills. In 2013 she organised and hosted the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies two-day workshop Teaching the Ukrainian Language in the United Kingdom: Addressing the Challenges at Robinson College, Cambridge.

Olenka Pevny, University Lecturer in Pre-Modern East Slavic Culture

Olenka Pevny studies the art and culture of Kyivan Rus’ and Ruthenia. She is particularly interested in the reception and acculturation of the Orthodox tradition in Eastern Slavic lands and in the place of visual culture in narratives of national, regional, religious and gender identity. 

Prior to arriving in Cambridge, Dr. Pevny was Associate Professor of Byzantine and Medieval Art History and Chair of the Art and Art History Department at the University of Richmond, VA. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. In the summer of 2016, she organised and led a field research trip for Cambridge postgraduates to medieval sites of interest in Ukraine.

PhD Candidates

Name College Research Topic Supervisor
Daria Mattingly Robinson College Forgotten Soldiers of the Grain Front: Cultural Memory of the Rank-and-File Perpetrators of the Holodomor Dr Rory Finnin
Iryna Shuvalova St John's College Representations of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath in Ukrainian Poetry Dr Rory Finnin
Jon Roozenbeek Darwin College The Construction of Narrative Borders by Russian, Western and Ukrainian Media within Ukraine Dr Rory Finnin
Mariia Terentieva Queens' College Transformations of New Media in Participatory Society: Investigating Public (Self-)Service Media in Ukraine Dr Rory Finnin
Bohdan Tokarskyi St John's College The Planet of Heart: Vasyl Stus's Poetry of Becoming Self Dr Rory Finnin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Name Research Project Research Topic Mentor
Ivan Kozachenko MEITS Multilingualism and the Crisis in Ukraine  Dr Rory Finnin

Contact information

University of Cambridge
Department of Slavonic Studies

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Sidgwick Avenue

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 335 007
Email: info [at] cambridgeukrainianstudies [dot] org