Olga Bertelsen

Title
Assistant Professor Intelligence Studies
Email
Department
Global Security and Intelligence Studies Depart
College
Prescott College of Security & Intelligence

Office Hours

By appointment

Areas of Expertise

Russian covert operations of ideological subversion; global and national security

The Soviet/Russian secret services; intelligence/counterintelligence operations

Military and diplomatic history: Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe

Non-conventional warfare

Biochemical weapons programs and bioterrorism

Russian foreign policy and Russian diplomats

US-Russian relations

State violence; genocide; famines

Russian identity; imperial consciousness

Wars and revolutions in post-Soviet space

The Cold War, diplomacy

Geopolitics of the Black Sea Basin and the Middle East

Empires; imperial practices; information

Authoritarian regimes

Intellectuals and state power; punitive psychiatry

Human behavior under authoritarian rule

World political thought

Olga Bertelsen


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of Nottingham
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in History, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

  • SIS 100: Intro to Global Security
  • SS 326: Russian-U.S. Relations
  • SIS 475: Senior Thesis

SIS 100  Introduction to Global Security 

SIS 315  Studies in Global Intelligence I

SIS 330  World Political Thought  

SIS 475  Senior Thesis 

At other institutions:

Revolutions and Wars in Post-Soviet Space

The Ukrainian Revolution of 2013-2014 and Russian Secret Operations

Theory of War and Strategy  

The Russian Secret Police in Soviet and Post-Soviet Space, 1919-2014

Empires and Information

Russian Strategies in the Black Sea Basin and the Middle East

Research and Writing

Russian Information Warfare

History of the Russian Security Services

Medical Intelligence (MEDINT)

Genocides in the Twentieth Century

Biological Weapons Programs and Bioterrorism

Authoritarian Regimes in the Twentieth Century

US and Russian Nuclear Programs

European Intellectual History

Soviet Russia

Imperial Russia






Publications

Books: 

Kharkiv’s Dissident Generation in the 1960s and 1970s: Transgressive Culture in the Ukrainian, Jewish and Russian Milieu. Lexington Books, 2021. 

Les’ Kurbas i teatr “Berezil”: Arkhivni dokumenty (1927-1988). Kyiv: “Smoloskyp,” 2016. 

The House of Writers in Ukraine, the 1930s: Conceived, Lived, Perceived. Pittsburgh, PA: Carl Beck Papers, 2013.

Edited volumes: 

Russian Active Measures: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Ibidem-Verlag/ Columbia University Press, 2021. 

Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine: The Challenge of Change. Ibidem-Verlag/ Columbia University Press, 2017.  

Chapters: 

"Introduction: A Blind Spot of Active Measures." In Russian Active Measures: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, edited by Olga Bertelsen, 15-36. Ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2021.

"The KGB Operation 'Retribution' and John Demjanjuk." In Russian Active Measures: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, edited by Olga Bertelsen, 93-136. Ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2021.

“Poles Amid the Tragedy of the Holodomor in Valkivshchyna (the Kharkiv Oblast).” In Holodomor. Poland. 1932-1933, edited by Michal Dworczyk and Robert Kusnierz, 210-27. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Sejmowe, 2020. 

“Radians’ki ‘aktyvni zakhody’ ta ukrains’ko-ievreis’ki stosunky u 1970-i roky” [“Russian ‘Active Measures’ and Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in the 1970s].” In Na perekhrestiakh istorii: Studii na poshanu Serhiia Ivanovycha Bilokonia z nahody 70-richchia [a collection of essays dedicated to the Ukrainian historian Serhii Bilokin’], edited by Ihor Hyrych. Kyiv: Vydavets Y. A. Vorontsov, 2020, 165-82. 

“Zhinky v mistsiakh masovoho holoduvannia: Ukraina, 1932-1933 roky.” In Zhinky ta Holodomor Henotsyd: Zhertvy, ochevydtsi, pryzvidnytsi,” edited by Victoria A. Malko, 33-50. Kyiv: Kyievo-Mohylians’ka akademiia, 2019.  

“Women at Sites of Mass Starvation: Ukraine, 1932-1933.” In Women and the Holodomor Genocide: Victims, Survivors, Perpetrators, edited by Victoria A. Malko, 33-49. Fresno, CA: The Press of California State University, 2019. ISBN: 978-0-912201-63-4.

“Polacy pośród tragedii Wielkiego Głodu na Wałkowszczyźnie w obwodzie charkowskim.” In Holodomor. Polska. Polskie Ofiary, 1932-1933, edited by M. Dworczyk and R. Kusnierz, 204-22. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Sejmowe, 2019. 

“‘Hyphenated’ Identities during the Ukrainian Famine: Women and Cannibalism.” In Women and Genocide, edited by Elissa Bemporad and Joyce W. Warren, 77-96. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2018. ISBN-10: 0253032768. ISBN-13: 978-0253032768. 

“Russian Hegemony in the Black Sea Basin: The ‘Third Rome’ in Contemporary Geopolitics.” Co-authored with Dale A. Bertelsen. In Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine: The Challenge of Change, edited by Olga Bertelsen. Ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2017, pp. 213-49. 

“Introduction.” In Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine: The Challenge of Change, edited by Olga Bertelsen. Ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2017, pp. 15-38. 

“Epilogue.” In Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine: The Challenge of Change, edited by Olga Bertelsen. Ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2017, pp. 377-412.

“The Secret Police and the Campaign against Galicians in Soviet Ukraine, 1929-34.” Co-authored with Myroslav Shkandrij. In Research on the Soviet Union. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.

“Taemnytsia vtrachenoho arkhivu: Mykhailo Bykovets’.” In Reabilitovani istoriieiu: Kharkivs’ka oblast’, vol. 3, part 1 (Kharkiv, Ukraine: Oryhinal, 2015), 67-71.

Translations: 

Yurii Scherbak. “Ukraine is the Epicenter of the ‘World Hurricane.’” In Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine: The Challenge of Change, edited by Olga Bertelsen. Ibidem-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2017, pp. 69-86. 

“New Archival Documentation on Soviet Jewish Policy in Interwar Ukraine. Part One: GPU Repressions of Zionist Parties and Groups in the 1920s,” On the Jewish Street 1, no. 1 (2011): 37-112. 

“New Archival Documentation on Soviet Jewish Policy in Interwar Ukraine. Part Two: Repressions of Zionist Parties and Groups in the 1930s,” On the Jewish Street  1, no. 2 (2011): 165-206. 

Selected Articles: 

“Ukrainian and Jewish Émigrés as Targets of KGB Active Measures in the 1970s.” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 1-26 (2020),10.1080/08850607.2020.1750093; 26 May 2020, https://doi.org/10.1080/08850607.2020.1750093. 

“Crossing Ethnic Barriers Enforced by the KGB: Kharkiv Writers’ Lives in the 1960s-1970s.” East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies 7, no. 1 (2020): 7-54. 

“Political Affinities and Maneuvering of Soviet Ukrainian Political Elites: Heorhii Shevel and the Ministry of Strange Affairs in the 1970s.” Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity 47, no. 3 (2019): 394-411. 

“Chernobyl as an Open Air Museum: A Polysemic Exploration of Power and Inner Self.” Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal, no. 5 (2018): 1-36. 

“Starvation and Violence amid the Soviet Politics of Silence: 1928-1929.” Invited by the director of the Zoryan Institute George Shirinian. Genocide Studies International 11, no. 1 (2017): 38-67. 

“A Trial in Absentia: Purifying National Historical Narratives in Russia.” Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal, no. 3 (2016): 57-87.

“Doli ‘slov’ian’: ‘Uchasnyk zhyttia’ Mykhailo Bykovets’ ta ioho pryvatnyi arkhiv,” Historians, ed. Wladyslaw Jatcenko, available at Historians.in.ua, 20 September, 2016, http://historians.in.ua/index.php/en/doslidzhennya/2002-olha-bertelsen-doli-slov-ian-uchasnyk-zhyttia-mykhailo-bykovets-ta-ioho-pryvatnyi-arkhiv.

“Regional Nationalism and Soviet Anxieties during the Great Terror in Ukraine: The Case of Mykhailo Bykovets,” East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Vol. III, no. 1 (2016): 39-73.

“Shistdesiatnyky: Robert Tretyakov.” Literaturna Ukraina, no. 7, 25 February 2016. 

“Joseph Brodsky’s Imperial Consciousness.” Scripta Historica, no. 21 (2015): 263-89. 

“Rethinking Psychiatric Terror against Nationalists in Ukraine.” Kyiv-Mohyla Arts and Humanities, no. 1 (2014): 27-76. 

 “’V zakhysti pravdy i spravedlyvosti:’ Mykola Kulish ta inshi slov’iany.” Literaturna Ukraina, no. 34, 5 September 2013.

“The Secret Police and the Campaign against Galicians in Soviet Ukraine, 1929-34,” co-authored with Myroslav Shkandrij. Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity 42, no. 1 (2014): 37-62.

“The Soviet Regime’s National Operations in Ukraine, 1929–1934,” co-authored with Myroslav Shkandrij. Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. LV, nos. 3-4 (2013): 417-47.

“GPU Repressions of Zionists: Ukraine in the 1920s.” Europe-Asia Studies 65, no. 6 (2013): 1080-1111.

 “Portret pys’mennyka ‘nakydano’ pospikhom.” Berezil’, no. 11-12 (2011): 150-53. 

“Bez perebil’shennia.” Slobozhans’kyi kruh, no. 5 (2011): 100-05.


2018-2019 -- European University Institute, Florence, Italy

2017-2018 -- Harvard University, Ukrainian Research Institute

2016-2017 -- New York University, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

2015-2016 -- Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

2014-2015 -- University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs

2013-2014 -- Columbia University, Harriman Institute                                 

           


American Association for Ukrainian Studies

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS)

The Shevchenko Scientific Society (New York)

National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS)

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Alpha Theta


Sefer International Center for Research on History and Culture of Russian Jewry in Different Historical Periods (research grant),

Moscow, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2020 (May)  

The Embry-Riddle’s Faculty Innovative Research in Science and Technology (FIRST) Grant (applied January 020)                                                                                              

The Faculty Research Development Grant, 2019 (Oct.)

CIUS (HREC), Conference Grant, 2019 (Nov.)

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Lecturer Grant, 2019 (Oct.)

The HREC Research Grant (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies), 2019 (June)    

University of Naples conference grant, 2019 (Jan.)

California State University (Fresno) symposium grant, 2018 (Oct.) 

The European University Institute (Florence, Italy) visiting research fellowship, 2018-2019

The HREC Archival Research Grant, 2018 (March) 

The HREC Conference Grant, the 6th Global Conference on Genocide, (Aix-Marseille University, France), 2018 (July)

The Holocaust Conference Grant, Millersville University, 2018 (April)

UJE (The Ukrainian Jewish Encounter), N.Y., Conference Grant, 2017 (June)

Harvard University (HURI) Grant, 2016-2017

The European University Institute (Florence, Italy) Conference Grant, 2017 (May)

Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) Conference Grant, 2017 (March)

Harvard University (HURI), Research Fellowship, 2017

New York University, the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia fellowship, 2016-2017

ASEEES Convention Opportunity Travel Grant, 2016 (Nov.)

CIUS (HREC), Conference Grant, 2016 (Oct.)

Columbia University, Pepsico Research Grant, 2015

Columbia University, Travel Grant, 2015

CIUS (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Edmonton, Canada) Research Grant, 2015

University of Toronto (Munk School of Global Affairs) Research Grant, 2015

University of Toronto (Munk School of Global Affairs) Research Grant, 2014

CIUS (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Toronto, Canada) Research Grant, 2014

Columbia University, Harriman Institute Research Grant, 2014 

CIUS (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, HREC, Toronto, Canada) Travel Grant, 2014

ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies), Kathryn W. Davis Travel Grant, 2013

CIUS (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, HREC, Toronto, Canada) Travel Grant, 2013

CAS (Canadian Association of Slavists, Canada) Travel Grant , 2013

CIUS (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Edmonton, Canada) Doctoral Fellowship, 2012

Royal Historical Society (London, U.K.) Research Grant, 2012

University of Nottingham, U.K. (History Department) Research Grant, 2012

Royal Historical Society (London, U.K.) Research Grant, 2011

University of Nottingham, U.K. (History Department) Research Grant, 2011

Shevchenko Scientific Society (New York, U.S.A.) Research Grant, 2010

NCIS (The National Coalition of Independent Scholars) Taube Foundation for Jewish Life Prize, 2010

University of Nottingham, U.K., International Research Excellence Scholarship, 2010-2013

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, 2009

Phi Kappa Phi Award for Academic Excellence (Bloomsburg University Chapter), 2009

Bloomsburg University Presidential Research Scholarship, 2008

Bloomsburg University Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 2008

Bloomsburg University Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 2007

Bloomsburg University Dean’s List, College of Liberal Arts, 2005-2009

Karazin State University (Kharkiv, Ukraine), Fulbright Program, 2004-2005