Maksym Yakovlev
Head of the Department of International Affairs and Director of the School of Political Analytics of the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", has the Ph.D. in political science, being the political scientist-internationalist and interpreter.
Maksym combines teaching, research and management activities at the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" (NaUKMA), where he has experience in teaching methodological social sciences at six departments and has recently been actively involved in deployment of a newly established Department of International Relations and reviving the once powerful center - School of Political Analysis. At NaUKMA for almost 11 years, he was coordinating the large educational project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German and European Studies, and the Institute of Political Science named after F. Schiller (Jena, Germany). Maxim's research interests include methodologies and methods of social reality cognition, the progress of humanity and socio-political transformations (especially in the post-Soviet space), problems of conceptualization of political phenomena, the connection between language and cognition. He also directs the analytical topics of the School of Political Analysis, which actively investigates the reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, analyses ways to counter populism and propaganda, studies domestic political processes in Russia through the Ukrainian prism, and more.

Maksym is also involved in educational activities outside NaUKMA: he is the first national lecturer at the Ukrainian Academy of Leadership, a teacher of courses on the culture of thinking, international politics and conspiracy theory in the educational "Cultural Project", also collaborates with the Ukrainian Social Academy. Maxim has extensive experience in teaching abroad - he taught at the University of Helsinki, University of Glasgow (UK), University named after Jan Comenius (Bratislava, Slovakia), University of Economics named after Corvinus (Budapest, Hungary).

Maxim translates popular science literature. In particular, he translated the bestseller of Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman "Thinking Fast and Slow" (published in 2017) and the work of Richard Florida "Homo creativus. The Rise of the Creative Class "(both by Nash Format), James Mace's book Communism and the Dilemmas of National Liberation. National Communism in Soviet Ukraine 1918-1933 ", published by "Komora" Publishing House, and together with Pavel Bilyk translated Michael Wolf's book" Fire and Fury. Inside the Trump White House " for the publishing house" Knigolav ". At the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater in 2015, translated from Swedish by Maxim, did take place the premiere of the play by the classic of Swedish and world literature August Strindberg "Eric XIV" about the fate of King Eric XIV of Sweden directed by Stanislav Moiseyev, where Nyshchuk Yevhen Mykolayovych, Bogdanovich Oleksiy Volodymyrovych and others performed. On the stage of the same theater in 2018, the premiere of another play translated by Maxim from Swedish - "War" by Lars Nuren. The Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Publishing House translated into German the book "European Integration" by B. Kohler-Koch and M. Yachtenfux. Maxim also translated children's literature for the Egmont publishing house.

Maksym received a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree with honors in comparative political science at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, where he continued his studies and research work on his dissertation on "The phenomenon of institutional isomorphism in the democratic transformations of post-socialist states.", that he performed at specialized scientific council of the Institute of Political and Ethnonational Studies named after I.F. Kuras NAS of Ukraine in 2010. Maxim worked on his dissertation, including the year on a research scholarship under the OSI / Chevening program at the University of Oxford, as well as six months at the University of Jena named after F. Schiller (Germany). He also studied and interned at the University of Weimar, Erfurt, Jena University named after F. Schiller (Germany), Maastricht University (Netherlands), Umeå University (Sweden) and others.


Maksym was the winner of the 2009 NaUKMA Alumni Foundation as the winner of the Best English Language Course competition for the "Basic Statistics" course, which was highly praised by NaUKMA experts and students for the structured presentation of the material and professional organisation of group work of the audience. He twice won the competition "Teacher of the Year" of his faculty of social sciences and social technologies NaUKMA - in 2012 and 2020. Maxim is passionate about foreign languages, yoga as an esoteric and philosophical teaching, is interested in opera and contemporary art, comments on current socio-political events in Ukraine and the world.
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