Visiting Scholars

Home Institution:
Sectoral State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine
Project Title:
Operation Zapad (West): Forcible Deportations of Ukrainians as an Instrument of the Soviet Counterinsurgency
Dates in Residence:
October 2021 - April 2022

Dr. Andriy Kohut is a Director of the Sectoral State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine. SSU Archive stores today the largest collection of the declassified KGB files. He received his Ph.D. in History from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and his M.A. in History from Ivan Franko Lviv National University.

His research and professional interests cover a range of issues related to the Soviet deportation, history of communist secret services in the 20th century, the politics of memory, and cultural diplomacy. He also has professional experience in NGO’s (Ukraine, Eastern Partnership and EU).

Former Head of the “Digital Archive of the Ukrainian Liberation Movement” ( project. 

Author, co-author and co-editor of a series of books. Such as “Chernobyl KGB Dossier”, “Crimean Tatar National Movement in 1917–1920 According to the Archives of the Communist Secret Services”, “The Great Terror in Ukraine: German Operation 1937–1938. Collection of documents”, “KGB Archives for media” handbook.

Recent articles are focused on the Stalinist’s deportations from Western Ukraine.

Home Institution:
Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Project Title:
Cross-linguistic influences of the acquisition of English lexical stress by Kazakh-Russian bilinguals
Dates in Residence:
January 2019 - January 2021


Dr. Mahire Yakup (Chinese translation: Yakefu Mayila) is Assistant Professor of World Languages, Literature, and Culture at the School of Humanities and Social Science (SHSS) at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Kansas, and  her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Psychology from Peking (Beijing) University.

Her broad research interests include language processing and comprehension among bilinguals, language contact in Central Asia and Uyghur regions, and phonology and morphology of related Turkic languages. Dr. Yakup has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including: “Acoustic correlates of lexical stress in Uyghur” (co-authored with Joan Sereno),Extending models of visual-word recognition to semi-cursive scripts: Evidence from masked priming in Uyghur” and “How is letter position coding attained in scripts with position-dependent allography?” (both with Manuel Perea and Joan Sereno). She also collaborated with Dr. Arienne Dwyer from the University of Kansas on the Uyghur textbook: Teklimakandin Salam: hazirqi zaman Uyghur tili qollanmisi / Greetings from the Teklimakan: a handbook of Modern Uyghur, Vol. I, published by University of Kansas Scholar Works.