Fourth Fellow: Dr des. Trevor Erlacher

The fourth URIS fellow, Dr des. Trevor Erlacher, will research and teach at the University of Basel from August 2018 to January 2019

41965062_2179257665646851_482714183306051584_nDr des. Trevor Erlacher is a junior scholar whose research focuses on the history of Ukraine from the 19th century to the present day. He studied history at Portland State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his PhD studies in Russian and Eastern European history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. His particular research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora, with a focus on nationalism, imperialism, radicalization and exile.

Current research project
During his time in Basel, Trevor Erlacher will prepare his dissertation entitled “The Furies of Nationalism: Dmytro Dontsov, the Ukrainian Idea, and Europe’s Twentieth Century” for publication. Looking at the biography of Dmytro Dontsov (1883-1973), Trevor Erlacher explores the global and transnational dimensions, ideological development and cultural expression of Ukrainian integral nationalism from its origins to post-Communist Ukraine. The concepts of “iconoclastic authoritarianism” and “cosmopolitan ultranationalism” are developed as key concepts for analysing Dontsov’s life and work.

Tutorial course
In Basel Trevor Erlacher will teach a course in English on the subject of “Nationalism and Socialism in Twentieth-Century Ukraine” during the 2018 autumn semester. The course explores the political and cultural history and the history of ideas of the regions forming today’s Ukraine from the late 19th century to 1991. The history of Ukraine will be analysed as a nexus of interactions, conflicts, assimilations, faiths, parties, ethnicities and different states. The course focuses on the historical situation of Ukraine as a colonised frontier region on the peripheries of various dynastic and totalitarian empires.

The course is open to BA and MA students of Eastern European studies, Eastern European history, history, European history in a global perspective, political science, European Global Studies and related subjects. The link to the course in the University of Basel calendar is available here.


CV with list of publications (PDF)