Olha Martynyuk

Dr. Olha Martynyuk

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Geschichte)

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Geschichte)


Departement Geschichte
Hirschgässlein 21
4051 Basel

Olha Martynyuk

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Qualifications and Experience

University of Basel, Switzerland
September 2020 – August 2021; April 2022 - now ▪ Post-Doctoral Fellow
Writing a book “The Bicycle Mobility in Ukraine, 1890-1990,” presentations at Osteuropa Kolloqium.

National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
November 2013 – until now ▪ Assistant Professor
Teaching an undergraduate course „Introduction to History of Science and Technology” (elaborated original lecture content, bank of test questions with appr. 500 questions, participatory games).

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MA
September 2018 – June 2019 ▪ Fellow
Research and Development program. Study of global transport history, auditing classes on History of Transportation and Public History, developing own research project

German Historical Institute in Moscow
September 2013, June 2014 – December 2014, November 2019 ▪ Fellow
Archival research in St. Petersburg and Moscow, participation in fellow seminars.

National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
November 2010 – November 2013 ▪ PhD program (aspirantura) in History of Ukraine
Dissertation: “Russian Nationalism as an Electoral Project in early XX cent. Ukraine”
(Defended on February 8, 2017).

Institute for Human Studies, (Vienna)
September 2011 – June 2012 ▪ Junior Research Fellow
Developing doctoral project. Participation in research seminars and conferences.

Central European University (Budapest)
September 2009 – June 2010 ▪ MA in Central European History
Study curriculum included courses on Urban Anthropology, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism Studies, Nation Building in Eastern Europe, Academic Writing.

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv)
September 2003- June 2009 ▪ BA and MA in History in Ukraine
Courses on History of Eastern Europe. Two-year certificate program “Judaica”.


Relevant Work Experience

Project “Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future,” University of Maryland (USA)
September 2015 – August 2020 ▪ Research assistant for Dr. Kate Brown
Collecting data on the topic in Ukrainian, Belorussian and Russian archives, interviewing experts, translating the book into Ukrainian (to be published in 2022).

Documentary Film “The Russian Woodpecker”, USA/Great Britain
(World Cinema Jury Prize Winner at Sundance Film Festival, USA)
2013 – 2015 ▪ Historical Advisor
Collecting data and interviewing experts for the documentary film about an over-the-horizon radiolocation station near Chornobyl power plant.

HealthRight International, NGO (Kyiv, Ukraine)
2010 – 2011 ▪ Program assistant
Drafting reports, advocacy and informational materials, event management, managing web-site content.



The bicycle craze of 1890s (Kyiv, Ukraine)
March 2017 – September 2018 ▪ Street installation and public campaign
Elaborating and curating exhibition at National Museum of Ukrainian History.
More info at: https://youtu.be/voUcSiiMl8I

“A Sword,  a Spinning Wheel and a Deer” (Stanytsia Luhans’ka, Ukraine)
January-February 2018 ▪ Museum exhibition
Consulting and writing texts for a historical exhibition in post-war local history museum on the east border of Ukraine.

Living in a Modern City: Kyiv at the end of XIX – early XX cent.
April 2016-April 2017 ▪ Publication of an academic volume
Editing and managing production of a collective work about late imperial and early Soviet history of Kyiv through the lens of critical urban studies. The collected articles are based on conference presentations, held under the same name.

From the First Person: Memory. Voice. Dialogue (Kharkiv, Ukraine)
April 10-15, 2016 ▪ Educational project
Consulting cultural managers about working with memory and history in provincial urban locals.

Professional Development

Digital Learning with Emerging Educational Technologies, NTUU “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”/Fulbright Ukraine
November-December 2017

Revisiting the Historical Museum, British Council in Ukraine
September 2017
Visits to 20 National museums in 4 cities of the United Kingdom.


  • Ukrainian – native, copy-editing skills
  • Russian – fluent
  • English – fluent, TOEFL IBT test 111/120
  • German – advanced (C1)
  • Polish – advanced (perfect reading and understanding skills)
  • Hebrew – lower-intermediate (two-year intensive course).