Oksana Huss - KWI – Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Intitut Essen, KWI)

Oksana Huss


Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)
Goethestraße 31
45128 Essen


since 2015 co-founder and project supervisor of the interdisciplinary Network "Ukraine: Post-soviet Society in Transition", KWI Fellowship Program for Young Researchers

since 2013 PhD Candidate in Political Science at University of Duisburg-Essen, Thesis: Political corruption in competitive authoritarian regimes: The case of Ukraine

04 - 09/2016 Development Consultant at the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

09 - 11/2015 Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar for the Study of Ukraine at Munk Scool of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada

2013 - 2015 PhD Scholarship from Hanns-Seidel Foundation

2007 – 2012 Magister in Political Science, Public Law (focus: EU and Germany) and Anthropology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

2010 - 2012 Research Assistant, consulting firm Content5 AG, Munich

05 - 10/2009 Trainee, European Parliament, Brussels

2008 - 2009 Exchange semester at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

02 - 03/2008 Trainee, German Parliament, Berlin

2002 - 2007 Bachelor and Master in International Relations at Transcarpathian State University, Uzhhorod, Ukraine

Research Focus

Corruption Research; Informal Institutions; Transformation Studies; Hybride Regimes; Post-Soviet Societies; Ukraine


Huss, Oksana (2016): The Perpetual Cycle of Political Corruption in Ukraine and Post-Revolutionary Attempts to Break Through It. In: Olga Bertelsen (ed.) Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine: The Challenge of Change. Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society. Stuttgart: Ibidem, forthcoming. pp. 317-352

Huss, Oksana (2016): Staatliche Parteienfinanzierung: Gelingt ein Meilenstein in der Bekämpfung der politischen Korruption? In: Ukraine-Analysen 164. Bremen: Forschungsstelle Osteuropa/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde e.V., 24. Februar 2016

Huss, Oksana (2016): Anti-Corruption Reform in Ukraine: Prospects and Challenges. In: David Carment and Milana Nikolko (eds.) Engaging Crimea and Beyond: Perspectives on Conflict, Cooperation and Civil Society Development (Global Dialogues 11). Duisburg: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK / GCR21)

Conference papers, Lectures, Seminars

11/2016 Workshop: "Lobbyism – Politics in Shadow of Economy", Residence Academy of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Würzburg

09/2016 Conference paper: "Possibility of bottom-up resistance when corruption is a norm?", presented at the ECPR General Conference in Prague

06/2016 Information seminar on Ukraine crisis at the Women In International Security Association, Bonn

10/2015 Seminar: Research design for scientific analysis of corruption, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine

2015 Conference paper: "Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity: Assessing challenges and perspectives of anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine", presented at the Workshop „Crimea and Civil Society Challenges, Antagonisms and Models of Cooperation for Ukraine and Russia“, at KHK/GCR21, Duisburg and 4.ASCN Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia

2014 Conference paper: "Family Business Ukraine: Centralisation of Political Corruption under the Presidency of V. Yanukovych", presented at the I2FC Conference: Multiple Perspectives of the Shadow Economy in Porto, Portugal and ECPR General Conference in Montreal, Canada

11/2014 Public Lecture: Political Corruption in Ukraine: Before and After Maidan, at University of Toronto, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), Canada


ICRNetwork Panel "Corruption and Norms", 10.09.2016, ECPR General Conference in Prague

Summer School of the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre (ACREC) in Kyiv "How to research corruption? Analytics that influence anti-corruption policy", 08.-13.08.2016, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Organisational Committee Member: International Forum "How to research corruption?", 17.-18.06.2016, Volkshotel Amsterdam

Workshop "Ukraine: Post-soviet Society in Transition", 12.-13.02.2016, KWI Essen

Co-Administrator of KorrWiss-Network for interdisciplinary corruption research

Third (Duisburg) and fourth (Düsseldorf) KorrWiss Colloquium


Founding member of the international ICRNetwork
Alumni Association of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA)
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
Women in International Security (WIIS) Deutschland e.V.