- Assistant Professor Intelligence Studies
- Olga.Bertelsen@erau.edu Email
- Global Security and Intelligence Studies Depart
- Prescott College of Security & Intelligence
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
Biochemical weapons programs and bioterrorism
Russian foreign policy and Russian diplomats
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
Intellectuals and state power; punitive psychiatry
Human behavior under authoritarian rule
World political thought
- 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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
“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
Memberships and Credentials
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
Awards, Honors and Recognitions
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