Olena Petrenko, Ph.D. Candidate, Fellowof ResearchSchoolRuhrUniversity Bochum. She studied history in Kyiv, Ukraine and Bochum, Germany. Now pursuing a PhD degree, writing a dissertation entitled “Women in the Armed Ukrainian Underground, 1942-1954”
She works on the history of the Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine and, more generally, East Central Europe. Her research interests include social and cultural memory, women's history, gender studies, the Second World War and nationalism.