Serhii Plokhii


Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History / Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

Executive Committee
Faculty Associate

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. A leading authority on the region, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian. Plokhii is the author of several influential monographs, including, Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation (New York, 2017). His newest book, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe was released by the Basic Books in May 2018.

Cultural and intellectual history of Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on the history of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus
the formation of national identities
the role of religion in the justification of revolt and violence in multiethnic and multicultural societies
the role of historical narratives in the unmaking of imperial loyalties and identities.


, History
, Kiev University
Selected Publications

Yalta: The Price of Peace (Viking, 2010).

Ukraine and Russia: Representations of the Past (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

The Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus (Cambridge UP, 2006).

The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (Basic Books, 2014).