Andrej Kotljarchuk

Andrej Kotljarchuk

Associate Professor


Andrej Kotljarchuk is an associate professor in history, working as a senior researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History.

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Historical and Contemporary Studies


Andrej Kotljarchuk (b. 1968)

Doctoral degree

2006 PhD in History

Current position

Senior researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, School of History and Gender Studies.

Previous employment and length of employment

2010–2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Umeå University.

2006–2009: University Lecturer at Södertörn University.

2001–2006: PhD candidate in History, Stockholm University/Södertörn University.


2007 North American Association for Belarusian Studies Prize for publications in Belarusian studies.

Ongoing research

2016 – The project member “Police, Experts and Race: Handling the "Gypsy Plague" in Denmark, Sweden and Latvia, 1930-1945”. The project is supported by the Östersjöstiftelsen. 40-50 per cent of working time depends on the year.

2013–2016: the project leader “Soviet Nordic Minorities and Ethnic Cleansing’s on the Kola Peninsula”. The project was supported by the Östersjöstiftelsen.

2012 – 2016: the project member. “Romernas förintelse i Ukraina 1941-44: historia, minnen, representationer”. The project was supported by the Östersjöstiftelsen.

Previous research

2011 – 2013. the project leader “Baltic and Arctic areas under Stalin”. The project was supported by the Swedish Institute.

2007 – 2009: the project member. “Swedish colonies in Ukraine”. The project was supported by the Östersjöstiftelsen.

2007 – 2008: the project member “Europe as a homogeneous area: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the cross-border areas of Baltic and Russian Europe“. The project was supported by the EU and Institute of International Sociology in Gorizia.

Selected list of publications (since 2013)


In Forge of Stalin. Swedish colonists of Ukraine in the totalitarian experiments of the twenties century External link. (Stockholm Studies in History 100 / Södertörn Academic Studies 58, 387 pp, 2014). ISBN: 978-91-87235-95-5.

For the edition in Russian see: ISBN: 978-5-8243-1684-1.

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters

  • “World War II and the Registration of Roma in Sweden in Transnational Context: the Role of Experts and Census Takers”, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 2016, submitted.
  • “Invisible victims? The cold war and the representation of Roma genocide in Soviet feature films, teleplays and theater production”, in: Russische und Sowjetische Geschichte im Film: Von Väterchen Zar, tragischen Helden, Russischen Revolutionären und Kalten Kriegern, New York – Luxemburg, 2016, forthcoming.
  • “Nazi Genocide of Roma in Belarus and Ukraine: the significance of census data and census takers”, Etudes Tsiganes, 2016:1, forthcoming.
  • “The Great Terror and Propaganda: A Nordic Approach”. Minorities under Stalin. New perspectives for the research. Ed. by Andrej Kotljarchuk & Olle Sundström, Södertörn Academic Studies, forthcoming.
  • “Ethnic cleansing in the Barents region”, The Barents Encyclopedia. Ed Lars Elenius. Umeå University, 2016, forthcoming.
  • “Koldyczewo concentration camp”(co-authored with Martin Dean) in: The Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945, vol. V Extermination, Transit, and Forced Labor Camps for Jews. Ed. by Martin Dean & Geoffrey Megargee. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming.
  • “The Memory of Roma Holocaust in Ukraine. Mass Graves, Memory Work and the Politics of Commemoration”, Disputed Memories. Emotions and Memory Politics in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, ed. by Tea Sindbæk Andersen & Barbara Tornqvist-Plewa. Walter de Gruyter. 2016, pp. 149-176.
  • ”Norwegians in the Stalinist Terror: New Perspectives for Research”, Fortid, 2015:2, pp.18-22.
  • “Natsistskii genocide tsygan na okkupirovannykh territoriyakh SSSR: osobennosti sovetskoi i postsovtetskoi istoricheskoi kultury”, Problemy i tendentsii razvitiia sociokulturnogo prostranstva Rossii: istoria i sovremennost’. Materialy mezhdunarodnoi nauchno-prakticheskoi konferentsii. Ed. by Tatiana Ryabova. Bryansk, 2015, pp. 25–30.
  • “The Nordic Threat: Soviet Ethnic Cleansing on the Kola Peninsula”, The Sea of Identities. A century of Baltic and East European Experiences with Nationality, Class, and Gender, Norbert Götz (ed.), Södertörn University Academic Studies, vol. 60, Stockholm, Elanders, 2014, pp. 53-83.
  • “Little Red Sweden in Ukraine: the 1930s Comintern project in Gammalsvenskby”, The Lost Swedish Tribe: Reapproaching the history of Gammalsvenskby in Ukraine, Piotr Wawrzeniuk & Julia Malitska (eds.), Södertörns högskola, Huddinge, 2014, pp. 111-149.
  • “The 1655 Union of Keidaniai between Lithuania and Sweden: Dynastical Dimensions in Historical Perspective”, Lithuania-Poland-Sweden. European Dynastic Unions and Historical-Cultural Ties,Vilnius: National Museum, 2014, pp. 364-391.
  • “The Nazi genocide of Roma on the territory of occupied Ukraine: the role of Soviet path dependency in contemporary politics of memory”, Holocaust and Modernity, 2014:12, [in Russian] pp. 24-50.
  • “World War II Memory Politics: Jewish, Polish and Roma Minorities of Belarus”, The Journal of Belarusian Studies. 2013:1, pp. 7-40.

Editorial work

Soviet Minorities under Stalin. New perspectives for the research, Södertörn Academic Studies, 2016.


Member of editorial board: The Journal of Belarusian Studies.

Member of review board: Nordic and Baltic Studies Review.

Member of review board: Acta Baltico-Slavica.

Language skills

Russian (native language), Belarusian (native language), Swedish (Swedish as a second native language), English (good proficiency), Polish, Ukrainian, German, Norwegian (working languages, no fluency).

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