John-Paul Himka
Project PositionInvited faculty
Current PositionProfessor, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta
Birth Date1949-05-18
User GroupResource Faculty
BA  University of Michigan  Byzantine-Slavonic Studies   1971
PhD  University of Michigan   History  1977

Professional Experiense:
start dateend dateinstitutionposition
19771981University of Alberta Visiting Assistant Professor
19821984University of Alberta Neporany Postdoctoral Fellow
19841985University of Alberta Visiting Assistant Professor
19851992University of Alberta Assistant Professor
1992till nowUniversity of Alberta Professor
1989Harvard University, Department of HistoryVisiting Professor
1999Lviv Ivan Franko UniversityLecturer

Mental Geographies: East, West, and Center
What Kind of ‘Memories’ Appeared after 1989 and Why?
East Central European Migration to North America
Jews in the Habsburg Empire
2008 Competing Narratives of Suffering: Soviet and Fascist Crimes in Poland and Ukraine
2008 Gentile-nation/Jewish relations in liberal émigré journals
2008 The Pogroms of 1941: History, Memory, and Politics
Summer 2012. Eastern Christian Iconography: Confessionalization, “Tradition,” and Identity
Summer 2012. History and Film

Personal Courses:

Research Interests and Projects:
Current Research:
Monograph on Ukrainian Icons and Murals of the Last Judgment in the Carpathians, 15th-18th Centuries
Series of articles on collective memory of World War II in the Ukrainian diaspora, including:
 "Ethnicity and the Reporting of Mass Murder: Krakivs'ki visti, the NKVD Murders of 1941, and
  the Vinnytsia Exhumation"
 "First Escape: Dealing with the Totalitarian Legacy in the Early Postwar Emigration"
 "A Central European Diaspora under the Shadow of World War II: The Galician Ukrainians
  in North America"
"War Criminality: A Blank Spot in the Collective Memory of the Ukrainian Diaspora."
 "Victim Cinema: Between Hitler and Stalin: Ukraine in World War II -- The Untold Story"

Selected Publication:
Religion and Nationality in Western Ukraine: The Greek Catholic Church and the Ruthenian National Movement in Galicia, 1867-1900. Montreal; Kingston, Ontario; London; Ithaca: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999.
Galician Villagers and the Ukrainian National Movement in the Nineteenth Century. Edmonton, London and New York: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, 1988. Polish translation of extract in Zustriczi. Kwartalnik ukraiński (Warsaw) (1990).
Socialism in Galicia: The Emergence of Polish Social Democracy and Ukrainian Radicalism (1860-1890). Cambridge, MA: Distributed by Harvard University Press for the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 1983. Ukrainian translation 2002.
Other Books:
Co-editor (with Andriy Zayarnyuk). Letters from Heaven: Popular Religion in Russia and Ukraine. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
Co-editor (with Zvi Gitelman, Lubomyr Hajda and Roman Solchanyk). Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe: Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk. Cambridge, Mass.: Distributed by the Harvard University Press for the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, 2000. (Simultaneously published as Harvard Ukrainian Studies 22 [1998].)
Co-editor (with Hans-Joachim Torke). German-Ukrainian Relations in Historical Perspective. Edmonton, Toronto: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 1994.
Galicia and Bukovina: A Research Handbook about Western Ukraine, Late 19th and 20th Centuries. Historic Sites Service, Occasional Paper, 20. [Edmonton]: Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism, Historic Resources Division, 1990.
 (Editor, translator and author of introduction.)  Roman Rosdolsky, Engels and the "Nonhistoric" Peoples: The National Question in the Revolution of 1848. Glasgow: Critique Books, 1986.
 (Assistant editor.) Rethinking Ukrainian History. Edited by Ivan L. Rudnytsky with the assistance of.... Edmonton: The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1981.
Other Publications:
1. "A Central European Diaspora under the Shadow of World War II: The Galician Ukrainians in North America." Austrian History Yearbook, forthcoming.
2. "Confessional Relations in Galicia." In Paul R. Magocsi and Chris Hann, eds., Galicia: A Multicultured Land (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in press), 22-35.
3. "Episodes in the Historiography of the Ukrainian Icon." Journal of Ukrainian Studies 29, nos. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 2004): 149-67.
4. "Zanepad ikonohrafichnoi tradytsii. Ikony Strashnoho Sudu na tereni Karpat u 18 storichchi" [The Disintegration of an Iconographic Tradition: Carpathian Last Judgment Icons of the Eighteenth Century]. Pechers'kyi blahovisnyk, 2005, no. 1 (3): 38-41, 48-53.
5. "Antysemityzm, diialoh, samopiznannia" [Antisemitism, Dialogue, Self-Examination]. Krytyka 9, no. 5 (91) (May 2005): 18.
6. "War Criminality: A Blank Spot in the Collective Memory of the Ukrainian Diaspora." Spaces of Identity 5, no. 1 (April 2005).
7. "Issues, Outcome and Prospects: The Ukrainian Events." Against the Current 19, no. 7 (115) (March/April 2005). Also available on line:
9. "The Icon of the Last Judgment in the Village of Roztoka, Transcarpathia." In Jarosław Giemza, ed., Zachodnioukraińska sztuka cerkiewna, pt. 2: Materiały z międzynarodowej konferencji naukowej Łańcut-Kotań 17-18 kwietnia 2004 roku (Łańcut: Muzeum-Zamek w Łańcucie; Narodowy Naukowo-Badawczy Ośrodek Konserwatorski Ukrainy, Oddział we Lwowie, 2004), 363-80.
10. "On the Left Hand of God: 'Peoples' in Ukrainian Icons of the Last Judgment." In Janusz Duzinkiewicz, et al., eds., State, Societies, Cultures East and West: Essays in Honor of Jaroslaw Pelenski (New York: Ross Publishing Inc., 2004), 317-49.
11. "Structures of Nineteenth-Century Ukrainian History." HABSBURG Reviews 2003/23, 27 August 2003. Permanently archived at
12. "The Ukrainian Idea in the Second Half of the 19th Century." Kritika New Series 3, no. 2 (Spring 2002): 321-35. Ukrainian translation in Krytyka (2003).
13. "What's in a Region? (Notes on 'Central Europe')." HABSBURG, 8 May 2002, archived in H-Net Discussion. c. 5600 words. Ukrainian translation in Krytyka (2003).
14. "The Propagation of Orthodoxy in Galicia on the Eve of World War I." Ukraina: Kul'turna spadshchyna, natsional'na svidomist', derzhavnist'. Zbirnyk naukovykh prats' 9 (2001): 480-96.
15. "Religious Communities in Ukraine." In Peter Jordan, Andreas Kappeler, Walter Lukan and Josef Vogl, eds., Ukraine: Geographie - Ethnische Struktur - Geschichte - Sprache und Literatur - Kultur - Politik - Bildung - Wirtschaft - Recht, Ostehefte, Sonderband 15. Reihe zu "Österreichische Osthefte," herausgegeben vom Österreichischen Ost- und Südosteuropa-Institut (Vienna: Peter Lang, 2001): 241-58. [=Österreichische Osthefte 42, no. 3-4 (2000).]
16. "Istoriia, khrystyians'kyi svit i tradytsiina ukrains'ka kul'tura: Sproba mental'noi arkheolohii" [History, Christendom and Traditional Ukrainian Culture: Towards a Mental Archeology]. Ukraina Moderna 6 (2001): 7-24.
17. "Introduction," in Gabriele Scardellato, ed., Paul Robert Magocsi: A Bibliography, 1964-2000 (Toronto: Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto, 2000), pp. v-ix.
18. "Krakivs'ki visti: An Overview." In Zvi Gitelman, et al., eds. Cultures and Nations of Central and Eastern Europe: Essays in Honor of Roman Szporluk (Cambridge, Mass.: Distributed by the Harvard University Press for the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, 2000), pp. 251-61.
19. Co-editor (with Roman Senkus) and author of introduction. Discussion on the Ukrainian revolution 1917-20. Journal of Ukrainian Studies 24, no. 1 (Summer 1999).
20. "Dimensions of a Triangle: Polish-Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in Austrian Galicia." Polin 12 (1999): 25-48. First published in an abridged version in Cross Currents: A Yearbook of Central European Culture (1993).
21. "The Construction of Nationality in Galician Rus': Icarian Flights in Almost All Directions." In Ronald Grigor Suny and Michael D. Kennedy, eds., Intellectuals and the Articulation of the Nation (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999), pp. 109-64.
22. "Istoriia Ukrainy ta ukraintsiv u Kanadi u Viddili istorii ta klasyky Al'berts'koho universytetu" [The History of Ukraine and Ukrainians in Canada at the Department of History and Classics of the University of Alberta." In Iar Slavutych, ed., Zakhidn'okanads'kyi zbirnyk, part 3; Kanads'ke Naukove tovarystvo im. Shevchenka, 37 (Edmonton: 1998), pp. 99-119.
23. Editor and author of introduction. Cluster of articles on Galicia. Journal of Ukrainian Studies 23, no. 2 (Winter 1998).
24. "The Transformation and Formation of Social Strata and Their Place in the Ukrainian National Movement in Nineteenth-Century Galicia." Journal of Ukrainian Studies 23, no. 2 (Winter 1998): 2-22. First published in Italian in Quaderni storici (1993).
25. Co-author, co-editor (with Iaroslav Hrytsak). "Lystuvannia Ivana Lysiaka-Rudnyts'koho i Romana Rozdol's'koho" [The Correspondence of Ivan Lysiak-Rudnytsky and Roman Rosdolsky]. Ukraina moderna 2-3 (1997-98): 376-413.
26. "The Case of the Unrecovered Memory." In Bohdan Iakymovych, ed., Prosphonema. Istorychni ta filologichni rozvidky, prysviacheni 60-richchiu akademika Iaroslava Isaievycha (Lviv: Natsional'na Akademia Nauk Ukrainy, Instytut ukrainoznavstva im. I. Kryp"iakevycha; Mizhnarodna Asotsiatsiia Ukrainistiv, 1998), pp. 655-61.
27. "Ukraine in a Grand Narrative of European History: A Review Article." Journal of Ukrainian Studies 23, no. 1 (Summer 1998): 99-105.
28. "Dvi istorii Ukrainy" [Two Histories of Ukraine]. Krytyka 2, no. 7-8 (9-10) (July-August 1998): 18-20.
29. "Ukrainian Collaboration in the Extermination of the Jews during the Second World War: Sorting Out the Long-Term and Conjunctural Factors." In The Fate of the European Jews, 1939-1945: Continuity or Contingency, ed. Jonathan Frankel (New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), Studies in Contemporary Jewry 13 (1997): 170-89. Authorized, abridged Ukrainian translation in Krytyka (Kyiv) (1998).
30. "The State of the Soul in Early Nineteenth-Century Galicia." HABSBURG Reviews 1997/1.
31. "Krakivski visti and the Jews, 1943: A Contribution to the History of Ukrainian-Jewish Relations during the Second World War." Journal of Ukrainian Studies 21, no. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 1996): 81-95. Ukrainian version in Filosofs'ka i sotsiolohichna dumka (1994).
32. "The Issue of Celibacy at the Lviv Provincial Synod of 1891: Unpublished Documents from the Lviv and Przemysl (Peremyshl) Archives." In Mappa Mundi: Zbirnyk naukovykh prats' na poshanu Iaroslava Dashkevycha z nahody ioho 70-richchia, Studia in honorem Jaroslavi Daskevyc septuagenario dedicata, ed. Ihor Hyrych et al. (Lviv, Kyiv, New York: Vydavnytstvo M.P. Kots', 1996), pp. 648-70. [Pp. 648-53 introduction; pp. 654-70 annotated, transcribed documents in Ruthenian and Latin.]
33. "Tserkva i derzhava v Ukraini: Istorychna spadshchyna" [Church and State in Ukraine: The Historical Legacy]. In Svoboda virovyznannia, tserkva i derzhava v Ukraini. Materialy Mizhnarodnoi naukovoi konferentsii, Kyiv 28-30 veresnia 1994 r. (Kyiv: Ukrains'ka pravnycha fundatsiia, 1996), pp. 28-35.
34. "Ukrains'kyi natsional'nyi rukh u Halychyni XIX st. v svitli novykh teoretychnykh prats' pro natsionalizm i natsional'ni rukhy" [The Ukrainian National Movement in Galicia in the Nineteenth Century in Light of New Theoretical Works on Nationalism and National Movements]. In Formuvannia ukrains'koi natsii: Istoriia ta interpretatsii, L'viv-Briukhovychi 27 serpnia 1993 roku: Materialy kruhloho stolu istorykiv Ukrainy (Lviv: 1995), pp. 68-77. [Not the same as the 1994 text with a similar title.]
35. "Relihiia i natsional'nist' na Ukraini: Druha polovyna XVIII-XX stolittia" [Religion and Nationality in Ukraine: From the Second Half of the Eighteenth through the Twentieth Centuries]. In Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine: The Foundations of Historical and Cultural Traditions in East Central Europe, ed. Jerzy Kloczowski, Jaroslaw Pelenski, Marian Radwan, Jan Skarbek, Stefan Wylezek (Lublin: Institute of East Central Europe/Rome: Foundation John Paul II, 1994), pp. 198-210. Reprinted with minor editorial changes in Kovcheh 4 (2003): 55-66.
36. "Ukrains'kyi natsional'nyi rukh u Halychyni v svitli novykh teoretychnykh prats' pro natsionalizm i natsional'ni rukhy" [The Ukrainian National Movement in Galicia in Light of New Theoretical Works on Nationalism and National Movements]. In Druhyi Mizhnarodnyi Konhres Ukrainistiv. L'viv, 22-28 serpnia 1993 r. Dopovidi i povidomlennia. Istoriia, part 1, edited by Iaroslav Isaievych and Iaroslav Hrytsak (Lviv, 1994), pp. 215-20.
37. "Metropolita Szeptycki wobec zagadnień reformy wyborczej, 1905-1914" [Metropolitan Sheptytsky on Questions of Electoral Reform, 1905-1914]. In Metropolita Andrzej Szeptycki. Studia i materiały, ed. Andrzej A. Zięba, Polska Akademia Umiejętności, Prace Komisji Wschodnioeuropejskiej, 1 (Kraków: Nakładem Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności, 1994), pp. 143-53.
38. "The National and the Social in the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-20: The Historiographical Agenda." Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 34 (1994): 95-110.
39. "German Culture and the National Awakening in Western Ukraine before the Revolution of 1848." In German-Ukrainian Relations in Historical Perspective, ed. Hans-Joachim Torke and John-Paul Himka (Edmonton, Toronto: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, 1994), pp. 29-44.
40. Translation and abridgement: Andreas Kappeler, "A 'Small People' of 25 Million: The Ukrainians circa 1900." Journal of Ukrainian Studies 18, nos. 1-2 (Summer-Winter 1993): 85-92.
41. "'Apolohiia' Mykhaila Malynovs'koho: do istorii kryzy u hreko-katolyts'kii tserkvi 1882 roku i kharakterystyky pohliadiv 'sviatoiurtsiv'" [The "Apologia" of Mykhail Malynovsky: A Contribution to the History of the Crisis in the Greek-Catholic Church in 1882 and to the Characterization of the Views of the "St. George Party"]. Zapysky Naukovoho tovarystva imeni T. Shevchenka, vol. 225: Pratsi istorychno-filosofs'koi sektsii (1993): 365-92.
42. Encyclopedia of Ukraine. Vols. 3-5. Edited by Danylo Husar Struk. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. I was co-editor for History, and author of: "Marxism," "Messianism," "Peasant Strikes in Galicia and Bukovyna," "Podolynsky, Serhii," "Pokrovsky, Mikhail," "Polish Insurrection of 1830-1," "Provisional Government," "Radicalism," "Rakovsky, Khristian," "Revolution of 1848-9 in the Habsburg Monarchy," "Revolution of 1905," "Rozdolsky, Roman," "Ruthenians," "Socialism," "Socialist Revolutionaries," "Ukrainophilism," "World Wars," "Yavorsky, Matvii"; co-author of: "Old Ruthenians," "Paris Peace Treaties of 1947," "Peasants," "Russia," "Ukrainian Radical party," "Warsaw."
43. "The Greek Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Nation in Galicia." In Religious Compromise, Political Salvation: The Greek Catholic Church and Nation-building in Eastern Europe, ed. James Niessen; The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, no. 1003 (Pittsburgh: The Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1993), pp. 7-26.
44. "Western Ukraine between the Wars." Canadian Slavonic Papers 34, no. 4 (December 1992): 391-412.
45. "Ukrainians, Russians, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn." Cross Currents: A Yearbook of Central European Culture, no. 11 (1992): 193-204.
46. "Nationality Problems in the Habsburg Monarchy and Soviet Union: The Perspective of History." In Nationalism and Empire: The Habsburg Empire and the Soviet Union, ed. Richard L. Rudolph and David F. Good (New York: St. Martin's Press in association with the Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota, 1992), pp. 79-93. 
47. "The Greek Catholic Church in Nineteenth-Century Galicia." In Geoffrey A. Hosking, ed., Church, Nation and State in Russia and Ukraine (London: Macmillan, 1991), pp. 52-64.
48. "The Conflict between the Secular and the Religious Clergy in Eighteenth-Century Western Ukraine." Harvard Ukrainian Studies 15, no. 1/2 (June 1991): 35-47.
49. "The Snows of Yesteryear." Cross Currents: A Yearbook of Central European Culture, no. 10 (1991): 67-72.
50. "Sheptyts'kyi and the Ukrainian National Movement before 1914." In Morality and Reality: The Life and Times of Andrei Sheptyts'kyi, ed. Paul Robert Magocsi (Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1989), pp. 29-46. Ukrainian version in Spovid'. Blahodiinyi vypusk hazety "Holos hromadianyna" (Zhytomyr, 1991).
51. "Cultural Life in the Awakening Village in Western Ukraine." In Continuity and Change: The Cultural Life of Alberta's First Ukrainians, ed. Manoly R. Lupul (Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Historic Sites Service, Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism, 1988), pp. 10-23.
52. (Translator and author of introductory note.) Roman Rosdolsky, "A Memoir of Auschwitz and Birkenau." Monthly Review 39, no. 8 (January 1988): 33-38. 
53. "Ukrainian-Jewish Antagonism in the Galician Countryside during the Late Nineteenth Century." In Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in Historical Perspective, ed. Peter J. Potichnyj and Howard Aster (Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1988), pp. 111-58.
54. The Greek Catholic Church and Ukrainian Society in Austrian Galicia. The Millennium Series. Cambridge, MA: Ukrainian Studies Fund, Harvard University, 1986. 41 pp. Reprint of "Priests and Peasants: The Greek Catholic Pastor and the Ukrainian National Movement in Austria, 1867-1900," originally published in Canadian Slavonic Papers (1979); and "The Greek Catholic Church and  Nation-Building in Galicia, 1772-1918,"  originally published in Harvard Ukrainian Studies (1984) and also published in an abridged and censored Polish translation in Znak (Cracow) (1985) and in Ukrainian in Kovcheh. Zbirnyk statei z tserkovnoi istorii (Lviv) (1993).
55. "Serfdom in Galicia." Journal of Ukrainian Studies 9, no. 2 (Winter 1984): 3-28.
56. "Comments on Manfred Turban,  'Roman Rosdolsky's Reconsideration of the Traditional Marxist Debate on the Schemes of Reproduction on New Methodological Grounds'." In Selected Contributions of Ukrainian Scholars to Economics, ed. I.S. Koropeckyj (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 1984), 135-47.
57. (Coauthor with Frances A. Swyripa.) Sources for Researching Ukrainian Family History. Research Report No. 6.  Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, The University of Alberta, 1984. 37 pp.
58. "Young Radicals and Independent Statehood: The Idea of a Ukrainian Nation-State, 1890-1895." Slavic Review 41 (1982): 219-35.
59. "Voluntary Artisan Associations and the Ukrainian National Movement in Galicia (The 1870s)." In Nationbuilding and the Politics of Nationalism: Essays on Austrian Galicia, ed. Andrei S. Markovits and Frank E. Sysyn (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 1982), 178-95. Originally published in Harvard Ukrainian Studies (1978).
60. "The Opposition in Ukraine." Labour Focus on Eastern Europe 5, nos. 3-4 (1982): 36-7. German translation in Gegenstimmen (1982).
61. "The Background to Emigration:  The Ukrainians of Galicia and Bukovyna, 1848-1914." In A Heritage in Transition: Essays in the History of Ukrainians in Canada, ed. Manoly R. Lupul (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1982), 11-31. French translation in Un patrimoine en pleine mutation: Essais sur l'histoire des Canadiens ukrainiens, ed. Manoly R. Lupul (Ottawa: Multicuturalisme Canada, 1984), 12-34.
62. "Leonid Plyushch: The Ukrainian Marxist Resurgent." Journal of Ukrainian Studies, no. 9 (1980): 61-79. Ukrainian translation in Diialoh  (1981).
63. "Hope in the Tsar: Displaced Naive Monarchism among the Ukrainian Peasants of the Habsburg Empire." Russian History 7 (1980): 125-38.
64. "Ukrains'kyi sotsiializm u Halychyni  (Do rozkolu v Radykal'nii Partii 1899 r.)" [Ukrainian Socialism in Galicia up to the Split in the Radical Party in 1899]. Journal of Ukrainian Graduate Studies, no. 7  (1979): 33-51.
65. (Translator.) Janusz Radziejowski, "Roman Rosdolsky: Man, Activist and Scholar." Science & Society 42 (1978): 198-210.
66. Review article: S.M. Trusevyc, Suspil'no-politycnyj rux u sxidnij Halycyni v 50-70-x rokax XIX st. [The Socio-Political Movement in Eastern Galicia in the 1850s-1870s], Vydavnyctvo "Naukova dumka," Kiev, 1978. In Recenzija 9 (1978-9): 51-58.
67. "The Formation of National Identity in Subcarpathian Rus': Some Questions of Methodology." Harvard Ukrainian Studies 2 (1978): 374-80.
68. "Ukrainian Art in the Soviet Union: Makarenko and Humeniuk." Journal of Ukrainian Graduate Studies, no. 3 (Fall 1977): 89-90. With two colour plates.  Reprinted by Focus Gallery, Toronto, 1977.
69. Polish Trade Unions and the Right to Strike. Evergreen Park, Ill.: The North American Study Center for Polish Affairs, 1977. 14 pp. Danish translation in  Minut.
70. "Ivan Volians'kyi:  The Formative Years of the Ukrainian Community in America." Ukrains'kyi istoryk 12, no. 3-4 (1975): 61-72.
71. Review article: Akademija nauk Ukrajins'koji RSR, Instytut filosofiji, Filosofija Hryhorija Skovorody [The Philosophy of Hryhorij Skovoroda], Vydavnyctvo "Naukova dumka," Kiev, 1972. In Recenzija 4, no. 2 (Spring-Summer 1974): 3-13.
72. "Drahomanivs'ka spadshchyna s'ohodni"  [Drahomanov's Legacy Today], Suchasnist', no. 6 (1974): 83-90.
73. (Translator.) "The Autobiography of  Illia Turchynovs'kyi." Rackham Literary Studies 3 (Fall 1972): 65-76.
74. "The Work of I.V. Ivan'o." Recenzija 2, no. 1 (Fall 1971): 15-26.