Bennett Director

Max KovalovMax Kovalov is a visiting assistant professor of international studies at the College of Charleston and Bennett Director of the John Edwin Mroz Global Leadership Institute. He teaches courses in international studies, comparative politics, and international relations. His research focuses on democratization, politics of memory, populism, and political institutions in post-Communist states. In 2002-2004 he received the Edmund Muskie graduate fellowship awarded by the U.S. State Department. His research has been published in Eastern European Politics and Societies and The Copernicus Journal of Political Studies. His current research project is on decommunization, renaming of streets and collective memory in Ukraine.

EDUCATION

2013: Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Oklahoma

2004: M.S. in International Studies, Oklahoma State University

2001: B.A. in Business Administration, Vinnytsia National Technical University, Ukraine

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

2014: “Electoral manipulations and fraud in parliamentary elections: the case of Ukraine,” East European Politics and Societies, 28(4), 781-807

2014: “The Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine: Exploring Competing Narratives,” The Copernicus Journal of Political Studies 1, 5: 144–51

2008: “The Democratic Outcome of the Orange Revolution,” in Expanded EU: From Autonomy to Alliance, 47-59. Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi

COURSES TAUGHT

Introduction to International Studies

Introduction to European Studies

Democracy and Democratization

Model UN

Eastern European Politics

European Union Politics

Introduction to Comparative Politics

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2017: “When Lenin becomes Lennon: decommunization, streets, & the politics of memory in Ukraine.” MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, Ill.

2015: “Protest Mobilization in Ukraine: Svoboda before the Euromaidan,” MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, Ill.

2011: “Party Populism and Participation in Poland: Identifying Causal Mechanisms,” MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, Ill.

PUBLIC TALKS, ROUNDTABLES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2020: “When actors become presidents: Zelensky’s first year in office,” Center for the Creative Retirement, North Charleston, S.C.

2018: Series of four guest talks on global issues for Kiawah Island Community Association, Kiawah Island, S.C.

2017: “The Century of Revolutions,” keynote address for Taylor & Francis’ resource launch — Cold War Eastern Europe: Module 1, Charleston S.C.

2017: “Putin’s Russia: From the “Time of Troubles” to the Time of Trump,” NATO Airbase Public Service Seminar, Aviano, Italy

2017: “What does Russia Want?” Unitarian Church Forum Series, Charleston S.C.

2017: “Legitimacy, War, and Greatness in Putin’s Russia,” Our World: Kiawah Island Community Association, Kiawah Island, S.C.

2017: “Alternative Narratives of the Armed Conflict in Ukraine,” Air Force Special Operations Theater Course, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

2017: “Brexit, Trump, Russia, & Eastern Europe,” NATO Air Base Public Service Seminar, Geilenkirchen, Germany

2015: “The Battle for Ukraine: Revolution, War & a Challenge to Sovereignty,” Center for Creative Retirement, North Charleston, S.C.

2014: “The Soviet Reaction to the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” roundtable discussion, The Night the Wall Fell and Germany Rocked! A 25th anniversary commemoration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, College of Charleston

2014: “From Free Trade Agreement to the Overthrow of a Dictator: The Changing Narratives of Ukraine’s Protests,” discussion panel, Ukraine’s Protests: Authoritarianism and the Spirit of Resistance, College of Charleston

2014: “Ukrainian Revolution and Its Consequences,” World Affairs Council of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.

For correspondence:

Max Kovalov
Bennett Director, The John Edwin Mroz Global Leadership Institute
College of Charleston
66 George St.
Charleston SC 29424
kovalovm@cofc.edu