Marta Dyczok

Associate Professor (Joint Appointment with History)


D.Phil., University of Oxford
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 84982
Office: Lawson Hall 2246

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. 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.

2. Public Radio Ukraine (Hromadske Radio)

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:

Selected Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2016: Dyczok, Marta, “Rückblick auf die Entwicklung der Medien in der Ukraine – zwei Jahre nach dem Euromaidan,” Ukraine-Analysen No. NR. 163 ukraineanalysen 10.02.
  • 2014: 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).
  • 2006: Dyczok, Marta, “Was Kuchma’s Censorship Effective? Mass media in Ukraine  before 2004.” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 58, No. 2: 215-238, NOMINATED for the AAUS Article Prize 2007.
  • 2006: Dyczok, Marta, Sketches from Crimea’s Media Landscape, MediaKrytyka Journal, University of L’viv, Ukraine No. 13 (October)
  • 2005: Dyczok, Marta, “Breaking Through the Information Blockade: Election and Revolution in Ukraine 2004,” Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes Vol. XLVII, Nos. 3-4 (September-December 2005): 241-266; [Reprinted in Bohdan Harasymiw, in collaboration with Ilnytzkyj, Oleh S. eds. Aspects of the Orange Revolution II. Information and Manipulation Strategies in the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential Elections (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, vol. 64 Stuttgart & Hannover: ibidem-Verlag]

Book Chapters

  • 2016: Dyczok, Marta, “History, Memory, and Media”, in Serhiy Plokhii (ed.) The Future of the Past: New Perspectives on Ukrainian History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, forthcoming).
  • 2015: Dyczok, Marta, “Mass Media Framing, Representations, and Impact on Public Opinion,” in David Marples and Frederick V. Mills (eds.) Euromaidan (ibidem-Verlag and Columbia University Press) (refereed).
  • 2015: Dyczok, Marta, “Threats to Free Speech in Ukraine: The Bigger Picture,” in Giovanna Brogi, Marta Dyczok and Oxana Pachlovska (eds.) Ukraine Twenty Years After Independence: Assessments, Perspectives, Challenges (Bern: Peter Lang).
  • 2015: Dyczok, Marta, “The Ukraine Story in Western Media,” in Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska and Richard Sakwa (eds.) Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda, and Perspectives (London: e-international relations) (refereed).
  • 2012: “Ukraine” in The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics (Oxford University Press).
  • 2012: “Re-examining the World War II Ukrainian Refugee Experience,” in Vladyslav Hrynevych and Myron Stakhiv (eds.) Сучасні дискусії про Другу світову війну [Contemporary Debates about World War II] (L’viv, Nova Doba).
  • 2011: Dyczok, Marta, “Media Power and Ukraine’s Revolutionary Moments,” in Jerzy Onuch and Olya Onuch (eds.) Revolutionary Moments (Kyiv).
  • 2009: "Do the Media Matter? Focus on Ukraine," in Marta Dyczok and Oxana Gaman-Golutvina (eds.) Media, Freedom and Democracy: The Post-Communist Experience. (Bern: Peter Lang).
  • 2009: “Ukraine’s Changing Communicative Space: Destination Europe or the Soviet Past?” in Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych and Maria G. Rewakowicz (eds.) Contemporary Ukraine and Its European Cultural Identity (New York, M. E. Sharpe).
  • 2009: “Media in Ukraine: Between Revolution and Election (2004-2006),” in Andrej N. Lushnycky, and Mykola Riabchuk, (eds.) Ukraine on its Meandering Path Between East and West. Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe. Vol. 4 (Bern: Peter Lang).

Other Publications

  • 2015: “Finding Small Moments among the Wounded,” Western News, (10 December).
  • 2015: Dyczok, Marta, “Voices During the Maidan as Captured by Public Radio Ukraine", Kennan Institute, (1 April).
  • 2015: Dyczok, Marta, Ukraine Country Report on the Status of Media Freedom, Freedom House Index of Media Freedom.
  • 2014: “What’s Next for Ukraine’s Maidan Protesters?” The Toronto Star (1 June).
  • 2014: “Masked Men vs Journalists,” Wall Street Journal (29 April).
  • 2012: Dyczok, Marta, “Ukraine’s New Political Colours,” in e-International Relations, 19 December.
  • 2009: Dyczok, Marta, “Media and the Failed Coalition,” in Western Expert Commentaries on Constitutional Reform in Ukraine,” Ukraine Analyst, Vol. 1, No. 19 (June).

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2017: “War of Words. Journalism and War in Ukraine,” The War in the Donbas and Ukrainian Society Conference, University of Victoria, BC.
  • 2017: “What's Changed? The Evolution of Ukraine's Media Since Independence,” Canadian Association of Slavists, Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryerson University, Toronto.
  • 2017: “Unrest on NATO’s Eastern Flank: Ukraine, Baltic States, Russia,” Crisis Response – Canada and the World, NATO Association of Canada Conference, Toronto.
  • 2017: “Twenty-Five Years of Media in Ukraine,” 20th Annual Mohyla Lecture, University of Saskatchewan.
  • 2016: “The Evolution of Ukraine’s Media Since Independence,” University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 2016: “Ukraine in Western Media,” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies -MAG Summer Convention, L’viv, Ukraine.
  • 2016: “Journalistic Standards in Conditions of War,” Donbas Media Forum, Mariupol, Ukraine.
  • 2016: “Information Wars,” Panel Discussion, Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation, Canadian Forces College, Toronto.
  • 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 University.
  • 2015: “Ukraine’s Media,” The Riga Conference, Riga, Latvia.
  • 2015: “Does Ukraine Need Nationalism?” Conversation with Pulizer Prize Winner Anne Applebaum, America House, Kyiv, Ukraine. [Watch Video]
  • 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. [Watch Video]
  • 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).

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2011: Fellow Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
  • 2011- 2013 Adjunct Professor National University of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  • 2005-2006 Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
  • 1998-2013 Fellow European, Russian and Eurasian Studies Munk Centre, University of Toronto
  • 2001-13 Coordinating Committee Member Petro Jacyk Programme for the Study