Bohdan Harasymiw is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary, and Acting Coordinator, Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. Born in Saskatchewan, he studied at the Royal Military College and at Queen’s University (both in Kingston, Ontario) as well as at the University of Alberta, before completing his doctorate at the University of Toronto. His dissertation research on Soviet leadership was conducted while on a student exchange at Moscow State University. After a year as Lecturer at Waterloo Lutheran (now Wilfrid Laurier) University, he joined the University of Calgary in 1969, where he continued teaching until his retirement in 2005.
His books and articles have dealt with the recruitment of the Soviet political elite, the nomenklatura, and, since 1991, processes of democratization in the Former Soviet Union, primarily in Russia and Ukraine. In 2002, his book, Post-Communist Ukraine, was published by CIUS Press. As well as other journals, he has been a regular contributor to the Canadian Journal of Political Science and Canadian Slavonic Papers. His most recently published article, “Alberta’s Premier Ed Stelmach: The Anomalous Case of Leadership Selection and Removal in a Canadian Province,” appeared in the American Review of Canadian Studies, 44, no. 2 (June 2014): 216–33. In 2014, he presented a conference paper, on the February Revolution in Ukraine, in May, at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, held at Brock University, and another, in July, on Ukraine’s electoral system, at the International Political Science Association World Congress in Montreal.
A long-time member of the Canadian Association of Slavists, he has served as its Secretary-Treasurer, President, and Past President. Since retirement, he has participated as an election observer with the Canadian mission in Ukraine in 2006, 2007, and 2010. In 1989–91, he was seconded to the federal government in Ottawa as a Strategic Analyst with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He is also a member of long standing in the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA), the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES, formerly AAASS).
University of Alberta
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program
Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2H8
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