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Svitlana khutka

February 2015 - October 2015

Svitlana Khutka (PhD in Sociology) is an Associate  Professor of Sociology at the National University of  "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" in Ukraine, an expert of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, and Associate Researcher  of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (Higher  School  of Economics). As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University through the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from February 2014-October 2015, Dr. Khutka will pursue her research project, “Civic Political Apathy/Involvement, Governance and Values in Transition Countries,” which focuses on multifaceted shifts in political culture with an emphasis on the Ukrainian case.

Dr. Khutka has published several articles on the subjective well-being and social stratification of Ukrainians and some archival studies of Ukrainian Sociology in exile. This year, she published a book with Dmytro Khutkyy, “National Self-Feeling of Population of Ukraine: Actual State, Main Determinants and Aftereffects,” devoted to the multidimensionality of modern national identity of Ukrainians, with an analysis based on qualitative in-depth interviews across the country.  

Later this year, her book on subjective well-being and social stratification in Ukraine is expected to be published. Khutka has presented her work at Oxford University, Glasgow University, Ellison Center, Bielefeld University, Belarus State University, the Institute of Eastern and Southeastern Europe Studies (Regensburg) and the Human and Social Studies Foundation (Sofia) and the Ukrainian Institute in London. Recently, she has served as a media commentator on Maidan and the Ukrainian-Russian crisis for both the Ukrainian and foreign mass media.

In 2012-2013 Khutka was a Carnegie Fellow at the  Ellison  Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studes at the University of Washington-Seattle  and at the University of California-Berkeley. In 2010  and 2012-2013  she was awarded the "Best Young Sociologist of Year in Ukraine" for her comparative studies of post-socialist transformations and received the silver  medal of Natalia Panina, one of the  most prestigious prizes in the field of Social Sciences of  Ukraine. She is also a member of the Sociological Association of Ukraine and the American Sociological Association.

Khutka’s research interests include political culture and governance  quality in  transition countries (with focus on civic protest activity); subjective well-being/happiness studies; national identity and social memory in Ukraine; cross-national comparative study of values and human agency (accentuating the gender differences).