Кучеренко Ольга (Kucherenko, Olga)

- PhD in History, MPhil in International Relations.

10/05 – 02/09
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
PhD in History.
Thesis Title: Soviet Child-Soldiers in World War II.
Supervised by: Dr. John Barber.
Research Interests: Stalinist propaganda methods, Soviet interwar history and culture, social
and cultural history of the Great Patriotic War, military anthropology,
history and psychology of childhood.
10/09 – 09/00
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
MPhil in International Relations.
Thesis Title: Explaining the War in Chechnya.
Supervised by: Prof. Jonathan Haslam.
Research Interests: International security, strategy and military history.
09/96 – 06/98
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude, Senior First Honours) in History/Politics.
Bachelor of Science (Summa Cum Laude, Senior First Honours) in International Area Studies.
Cumulative GPA of 3.9/4.0
Final year specialisation in Legal History
Thesis Title: The Impact of the Mongol Invasion on Russian Administration and Law.
Minor in Business Administration.

Honours and Scholarships
Trinity College Post-Doctoral Research Maintenance Grant (2008-2009).
AHRC Doctoral Award (2006-2008).
Overseas Student Bursary and Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Bursary (1999-2000).
Phi Alpha Theta Award for achievements in historical research (1998).
General Electric College Bowl Award for excellent academic achievements (1997).
Dean’s List (1996-1998).
Drexel University Presidential Scholarship (1996-1998).
Additional Research Experience
10/02 – 9/05 Worked with Prof. Richard Overy at King’s College London.


  • Kucherenko, O., “Mezhdu molotom i nakoval'nei: bor'ba za molodoe pokolenie na okkupirovannykh territoriakh Sovetskogo Soiuza” (Between a rock and a hard place: struggle for the young generation in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union), in Voennoe Detstvo, Deutsche Historische Institut Bulletin no.3, Moscow 2009 (invited publication, in Russian).
  • Kucherenko, O., “‘Nous poursuivons l’action de notre grand-père chéri Lénine-Staline”: l’idéologie stalinienne dans les lettres des enfants pendant les années 1930” (‘We continue the deeds of our dear grandpa Lenin-Stalin’: the reflection of Stalinist ideology in children’s letters of the 1930s), La Revue russe, Special Issue “L’épistolaire en Russie”, 32, 2009, pp.125-134 (invited publication, in French).
  • Kucherenko, O., “Fiction and reality of war through the eyes of Soviet child-soldiers” in Re-Calling the Past – (Re)constructing the Past. Collective and Individual Memory of World War II in Russia and Germany, Aleksanderi Series 2/2008, Jyväskylä: Gummerus Printing, 2008, pp.303-313.
  • Kucherenko, O., “Reluctant Traitors: the politics of survival in Romanian-occupied Odessa,” European Review of History/Revue Européenne d'Histoire, 15:2, April 2008, pp.143-155.
  • Kucherenko, O., “‘Vsio dlia fronta, vsio dlia pobedy!’: voenno-patrioticheskoe vospitanie shkol'nikov v gody Velikoi Otechestvennoi voiny” (‘All for the front, all for victory!’: military-patriotic education of children during the Great Patriotic War) in Voina i Deti: im pamiat' - vysshaia nagrada, Kursk: Press-Fakt, 2005, pp.75-83 (in Russian).

Presentations/Seminar Talks

  • “Fiction and reality of war through the eyes of Soviet child-soldiers” (Conference paper, Tampere, Finland, December 2006).
  • “Child-Soldiers of the Great Patriotic War: Ideology as a push-factor” (CamCREES Seminar talk, Cambridge January 2006).
  • “Collaboration in Odessa, 1941-1944” (Conference paper, Florence, Italy, October 2005).
  • “Voenno-patrioticheskoe vospitanie sovetskikh shkol'nikov v gody Velikoi Otechestvennoi voiny” (Conference paper, Kursk, Russia, April 2005).

Language Skills/Qualifications

Russian (native), Ukrainian (reading), Byelorussian (reading), Romanian (reading).
Professional qualifications and teaching experience in drama.

Email kucheol@gmail.com