Oleksandra Tarkhanova

Oleksandra Tarkhanova

Oleksandra Tarkhanova

Büro 52-7138
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 6/8
9000 St Gallen
  • Citizenship and welfare state in Eastern Europe
  • Conflict and displacement
  • Gender politics

2019 Dr. phil. Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University

2009-2011 MS in Gender Studies with minor in Sociology, Lund University 

2005-2009 BA in Sociology, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” Certificate in Conflict Studies and Social Psychology 


Since 2022 Lecturer for Contextual Studies 

Since 2021 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe

2020 - 2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship 

2017 - Visiting Fellow, Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University 

2014 - 2020 Research Associate and Lecturer, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld



"Displacement in Ukraine: Decision-making, routes, and prospects," 2022. Project leader, funded by the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen. Qualitative, interview-based research project on decision-making processes and choices during forced displacement following Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“ReStart Ukraine,” 2022. Project coordinator, funded by the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe
Collective of researchers and practitioners developing strategies for restoring and rebuilding war-affected
urban and rural areas in Ukraine.

Postdoctoral research project 2020 - 2023: “Negotiating citizenship on the margins of the Ukrainian state,” University of St.Gallen

Doctoral research project 2014 - 2019: “Ukrainian Gender Politics and the Subject of Woman,” Bielefeld University. Monograph “Compulsory Motherhood, Paternalistic State? Ukrainian Gender Politics and the Subject of Woman,” 2021, Palgrave Macmillan

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