Marta Dyczok

- Associate Professor (Joint Appointment with Political Science)

DPhil, University of Oxford, 1995
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84982
Office: Lawson Hall 2246
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm or by appointment

Research Interests

Professor Dyczok specializes in international politics and history, with a focus on East Central Europe and Eurasia, and specifically Ukraine. Her research interests are on the politics of history, mass media, migration, post-communism and World War II.

Current Research Projects

1. Faces of Displacement in Ukraine

During my 2015 half sabbatical I began a new research project. Over 2 million people have had to leave their homes after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and triggered war in the Donets’k and Luhans’k regions of eastern Ukraine. News stories sometimes report on this, but often focus on statistics and policies. Having written about people displaced during World War II, I was interested in the individual stories of these people. So during my sabbatical I travelled to five cities: Kyiv, Odessa, Mariupol, L’viv, and Kharkiv, and recorded interviews with 70 internally displaced people. These interviews will form the basis of my new research project, Faces of Displacement in Ukraine. Preliminary results have already been presented in a photo exhibit at the Spencer Gallery, Weldon Library (Feb - Apr 2016), at the Migration and Ethnic Relations Seminar at UWO (26 February 2016), and a conference at the University of Toronto (1 April 2016)

2. Media and Memory: Representations of Ukrainians Displaced by World War II Then and Now

This research project, examines how media representations of Ukrainians displaced during World War II shaped collective memory, and how this story challenges dominant narratives. The interdisciplinary project builds on my two previous studies: my history dissertation The Grand Alliance and Ukrainian Refugees (2000) and more recent study on Media, Democracy and Freedom (2009). It is based on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources and I have assembled an international research team to pursue the study.

3. Sashko’s Story

This small research project is about a 21 year old young Ukrainian man from Odessa, Sashko, who volunteered to fight when the war was just beginning in Ukraine in the spring 2014. I had met him at the military oath swearing ceremony on 23 June 2014, and had stayed in touch with him for an entire year while he was at the front, captured, released, and so on. A year later, when I was back in Ukraine for my half sabbatical, I conducted two follow-up interviews with Sashko. I have already used this material is in my teaching - upon returning to UWO, I told Sashko’s Story in weekly chapters to my class (Russia and Ukraine Course, His/Pol 2423), to illustrate some of the issues we were studying. The next phase will be to write up Sashko’s story, using his personal account as an illustration of the bigger picture through a personal lens, in a long article or short book.

4. Ukraine Calling

In the summer of 2016 I began a weekly English language show on Public Radio Ukraine (Hromadske Radio), Ukraine Calling. It's a round up of the headlines from Ukraine, a focus on a main story or issue, and some music. For example, on 1 December there was an exclusive feature interview with Canada's first diplomat to Ukraine. He revealed what was going on behind the scenes in 1991, how Canada became the first Western country to recognize Ukraine's independence and made history. You can listen to the latest episodes here:

As well, on April 7, 2017, I interviewed the Head of Hromadske Radio (Public Radio Ukraine), Andriy Kulykov, about public broadcasting in Ukraine, and their project in depth. It is an important step in Ukraine's democratization process. A transcript of the interview is here:

Selected Publication


Book Chapters:

Other Publications

Refereed Journal Publications:

  • Dyczok, Marta, “Rückblick auf die Entwicklung der Medien in der Ukraine – zwei Jahre nach dem Euromaidan,” Ukraine-Analysen No. NR. 163 ukraineanalysen 10.02.2016, (2016)
  • Dyczok, Marta, “Ukraine’s Media in the Context of Global Cultural Convergence,” Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Spring 2014)
  • Dyczok, Marta, “Information wars: hegemony, counter-hegemony, propaganda, the use of force, and resistance,” Russian Journal of Communication, Vol. 6, Issue 2 (April 2014)
  • “Expert Commentary on Media After the Orange Revolution,” Ukraine Analyst, Vol. 1, No. 6, November 2008, p. 4.
  • Hostynnyi Dvir: A Microcosm of Ukraine,” Op Ed, The Kyiv Post 4 January 2013,
  • Ukraine’s New Political Colours,” in e-International Relations, 19 December 2012

Professional Service


  • 2016: “Faces of Displacement in Ukraine,” Conference, Critical Contexts of the Ukraine Conflict: Uncommon Perspectives, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • 2015: “Information Security,” III Odessa NATO Academy, Odessa University2015: “Ukraine’s Media,” The Riga Conference, Riga, Latvia
  • 2015: “Does Ukraine Need Nationalism?” Conversation with Pulizer Prize Winner Anne Applebaum, America House, Kyiv, Ukraine,
  • 2015: Media and Memory, Researching World War II: New Approaches, National Institute of History, National Institute of Memory, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2015, “Is Dialogue Possible During War?” Mohyla Debates, National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, co-organized event with Diana Dutsyk, Vice Dean, School of Journalism, Kyiv, Ukraine,
  • 2015: “Identification. Demonization. De-humanization of the Enemy: The Power of Media?” The Seduction of Propaganda, International Conference organized by the Jewish Ukrainian Encounter, Kyiv, Ukraine,
  • 2015: “The Human Cost of War: Internally Displaced Ukrainians,” Ukrainian Civilians in the Crossfire, Borderless, University of Toronto
  • 2015: “The Role of Media in the Ukraine Conflict,” Ukraine and Russia: Prospects for Peace, Conference, University of Toronto
  • 2015: “Ukraine in Perpetual Transition: War, Law and Corruption”, University of Toronto
  • 2015: “Western Media Representations of Ukraine,” Anniversary of Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution of 2014 Symposium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta
  • 2014: “Media Wars,” The Fate of EuroMaidan in Ukraine,” Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
  • 2013: “Ukraine’s Media in a Global Context,” Media and Democratization in Post-Soviet Nations, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • 2013: “Memory, Media, and Ukrainians Displaced by World War II: Then and Now,” Landscapes of the Uprooted: Refugees and Exiles in Postwar Europe, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
  • 2013: “Ukraine’s Media in the Context of Global Cultural Convergence,” Braking News: Censorship, Media and Ukraine, Columbia University, New York (Conference Co-organizer)
  • 2012: “Threats to Free Speech in Ukraine: The Bigger Picture,” Ukraine Twenty Years After Independence, University of Roma Tre, Italy
  • 2012: Keynote Address, “Media in Ukraine and the Struggle for Power, Fifth CRCEES Research Forum, University of Glasgow, Scotland   
  • 2012: “Politics of History, World War II, and Displaced Ukrainians,” Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Jacyk/CERES Program  (mini-symposium organizer)
  • 2011: “Mass Media as a Factor in Ukraine’s Power Struggles,” Workshop on Ukraine at 20, University of Cambridge, UK, (Workshop Co-Organizer)
  • 2011: “Manipulating Memory,” Symposium on Politics of Memory and Media, with Vladyslav Hrynevych and Andriy Kulykov, Harvard University, USA (Symposium organizer)
  • 2011:  “The Politics of History: Ukrainian Refugees and the Cold War Now, 1944-2011, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, USA

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2012-13 Fellow
    European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
    Munk Centre, University of Toronto
  • April 2011 - UWO Delegation Participant
    to the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) to develop institutional links between our institutions (Group lead by Dr. Ted Hewitt (VP Research & International Relations)and included Dr. Julie McMullin (Acting Dean, Faculty of Social Science) and Dr. Tom Carmichael (Dean, Faculty of Information and Media Studies)
  • 2011: Fellow Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
  • 2011- present: Adjunct Professor National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  • 2005-2006: Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
  • 1998-present: Fellow European, Russian and Eurasian Studies Munk Centre, University of Toronto
  • 2001-present: Coordinating Committee Member Petro Jacyk Programme for the Study