Oksana Stoychuk

Credentials: German/Slavic

Position title: Lecturer

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Email: stoychuk@wisc.edu

Office Number: 1438 Van Hise Hall

Language: German, Ukrainian, Polish

Research/Language Interests: Twentieth to twenty-first century Ukrainian and German literature; city literature from the 19th to 21st century; theories of transculturality, transnationality, and cultural belonging; literature and politics; medical humanities; women’s writing in Central and Eastern Europe; feminist theory.

About: After completing her BA and MA in Lviv, Ukraine, Oksana Stoychuk worked as an interpreter in various cultural institutions across Europe and as a lecturer at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Ukrainian Catholic University. In 2011, she enrolled in the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, where she wrote her dissertation on ‘Transcultural Berlin Literature after 1989.’ In 2012/2013, she received a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. In January 2017, she defended her PhD at Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining UW Madison, Oksana also gained experience as an academic manager, working at Dahlem Research School, supporting various PhD programs in humanities at Freie Universität Berlin.

Her multiple experiences of migration and a multilingual background have shaped her research and teaching interests. Combining literary, cultural, migration, and urban studies, her research focuses on narratives of belonging in contemporary literature, specifically in works written on and in Berlin between the 1960s and today. Analyzing the literature of ‘guest workers,’ migrants, and refugees, Oksana Stoychuk investigates the transformation of notions such as culture, nation, belonging, and community in contemporary literatures and cultures.

Working across different disciplines, Oksana Stoychuk teaches German, Ukrainian, and Polish languages, as well as German and Ukrainian literatures and cultures from the 19th to the 21st centuries at UW Madison. She is also a co-founder of the Ukrainian Club, aiming to popularize Ukrainian language and culture among students and faculty at UW Madison.

• Freie Universität Berlin, PhD in German Studies (2017)
• Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine, MA in German Studies (2008)
• Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine, BA in German Studies (2007)