(September to December, 2002)
Dr. Torbakov is a consultant for the Open Society Institute, New York, NY. He received his Ph.D. in Russian and East European history from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine ("Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Russian Enlightenment in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century"), in 1997. He has authored two books and a number of scholarly articles. His areas of interest include Russian and Ukrainian history, and, more specifically, problems of nationalism and nation-building in the Russian Empire and the USSR. While at HURI, Dr. Torbakov will focus on Eurasianism as a new post-revolutionary theory of nationalism, and on the interpretation of its main ideas in George Vernadsky's writings on Ukrainian history.