Dr. Oleksandra Gaidai is a Head of Academic Programmes at the Ukrainian Institute, a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. She is a graduate of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy with a major in History. She earned her Ph.D. in History at the Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2016. Previously she was a fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), and is an alumna of the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute. Dr. Gaidai specializes in memory studies and the contemporary history of Ukraine. Her book "Kamianyi gist: pamiatnyky Leninu v Centralniy Ukraini" (Guest Stone: Lenin Statues in Central Ukraine) was published by K.I.C. in 2018.
Dr. Gaidai currently studies the history of tourism in Soviet Ukraine, focusing on the two well-known tourist destinations, the Crimean peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, whose tourist potential and image were developed in the Soviet times for the foreign and domestic public.
Website Lviv Center for Urban History