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Olesya Khromeychuk joined King’s College London as a Teaching Fellow in Modern European History in 2018. She was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of East Anglia in 2015-2018. Between 2012 and 2015 she taught Ukrainian, Russian, Soviet and East European history at the University of Cambridge, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London and the University of East Anglia. She received her PhD in History in 2011 from University College London.

Research interest and PhD supervision

  • Gender and political violence
  • Second World War
  • History of Ukraine and East-Central Europe

Olesya Khromeychuk’s current research focuses on the participation of women in military formations during the Second World War and in the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine. She is guest-editor of Gender, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Anti-Authoritarian Protests in Belarus, Russia, And Ukraine, a special issue of the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 2(1) (2016). She is the author of ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013), which examines the problems of collaboration and post-war displacement through the case of the Ukrainian Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ division.


Olesya Khromeychuk teaches modules focusing on the history of East-Central Europe and the Second World War.

Expertise and public engagement

Olesya Khromeychuk has been interviewed by BBC Radio Four’s Making History programme, Who Do You Think You Are magazine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Research Fortnight, Ukrainian State Radio, Hromadske Radio, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing. 

She has written on history and memory for Open Democracy, Krytyka magazine, Current Politics in Ukraine and

Interview about war heroes at ‘Heroes of Our Time?’ conference, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, 1-3 December 2017.


  • Olesya Khromeychuk, ‘From the Maidan to the Donbas: the Limitations on Choice for Women in Ukraine’, in Gender and Choice in the Post-Soviet Context, edited by Lynne Attwood, Marina Yusupova, Elisabeth Schimpfoessl (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 47-78.
  • Olesya Khromeychuk, ‘Militarizing Women in the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement from the 1930s to the 1950s’ Aspasia - Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History 12 (2018): 1-34.
  • Olesya Khromeychuk, ‘Experiences of Women at War. Servicewomen during WWII and in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Conflict in Donbas’, Baltic Worlds X (4) (2018): 58-70.
  • Olesya Khromeychuk, ‘Ukrainians in the German Armed Forces During the Second World War’, The Journal of the Historical Association 100(343) (2016): 704-724.
  • Olesya Khromeychuk, ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division, (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013).