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Bohdan Kordan Ph.D.


Graduate Supervisor in Political Studies
STM Faculty Member in Political Studies

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Research Area(s)

  • Canada-Ukraine Foreign Relations
  • Canadian Multiculturalism and State-Minority Relations
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • Contemporary Ukraine
  • Cartography of Eastern Europe

About me

Bohdan Kordan is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Studies, St. Thomas More College. Prior to his appointment at STM in 1993 he held research and teaching positions at the University of Alberta (1982-85), University of Toronto (1990-91) and MacEwan University (1988-93). The Founding Director of the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, Professor Kordan’s current research interests include nationalism and ethnic conflict, the politics of state/minority relations, and Canadian foreign policy. His monographs include Canada and the Ukrainian Question, 1939-45: A Study in Statecraft (2001); Enemy Aliens, Prisoners of War: Internment in Canada during the Great War (2002); A Bare and Impolitic Right: Internment and Ukrainian-Canadian Redress (2004); No Free Man: Canada, the Great War and the Enemy Alien Experience (2016); and Strategic Friends: Canada-Ukraine Relations from Independence to the Euromaidan (2018).


Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • Kordan, B. "Internment in Canada during the Great War: Rights, Responsibilities and Diplomacy" In Internment during the First World War: A Mass Global Phenomenon, edited by S. Manz, P. Panayi and M. Stibbe, 162-180. London: Routledge Press, 2019.
  • Kordan, B. Strategic Friends: Canada-Ukraine Relations from Independence to the Euromaidan. Canada: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018.
  • Kordan, B. "Maidan and the Politics of Change: Meaning, Significance and Other Questions". East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies 3, 1 (2016)
  • Kordan, B. No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience. Canada : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.
  • Kordan, B. "'They Will Be Dangerous': Security and the Control of Enemy Aliens in Canada, 1914" In Canadian State Trials, vol.4: Security, Dissent and the Limits of Toleration in War and Peace, edited by B. Wright, E. Tucker and S. Binnie, 42-70. Toronto: : University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • Kordan, B. Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920. Saskatoon: Heritage Press, 2013.
  • Bohdan Kordan. "Assessing the Multiculturalism/Immigration Policy Nexus in Saskatchewan" In New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy, edited by David McGrane, 53-71. Regina: CPRC Press, 2012.
  • Kordan, B. "Wish You Were Here". Queen's Quarterly 117, 4 (2010): 544-553.
  • Kordan, B, (Timothy Andrew, pseud.). "Memory and Meaning in the Lion City". Nashwaak Review 24-25, 1 (2010): 129-137.

Teaching & Supervision

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 2012 - POLS 465: Nationalism and the International System
  • 2012 - POLS 849: Comparative Theory and Method
  • 2013 - POLS 262: Introduction to Global Governance
  • 2013 - POLS 370: War, Peace and the International Order
  • 2013 - POLS 372: International Conflict: Beyond the Cold War
  • 2013 - POLS 343: Ukraine: Processes and Problems of Nation and State Building
  • 2013 - POLS 370: War, Peace and the International Order
  • 2014 - POLS 262: Introduction to Global Governance


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Professor Kordan’s current research interests include: nationalism and ethnic conflict; multiculturalism; the politics of state/minority relations; contemporary Ukraine; and the intersection between political geography and historical cartography with specific reference to Eastern Europe.

Current Projects:

• "Canada, Stephen Harper, and the Ukraine Crisis: Order, Interests, Agency"

• "Borderland: Ukraine and the Cartography of Early Modern Europe"

Awards & Honours

  • Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award (No Free Man), awarded by Saskatchewan Book Awards January 2017
  • Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded by the Sovereign of the Commonwealth Realms July 2002
  • Margaret Dutli Award for Community Service, awarded by St. Thomas More College October 2001