Sofia Dyak


The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

Sofia Dyak is the Director of The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe. Dyak holds a BA in history from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, an MA in history from the Central European University in Budapest, and a PhD in sociology from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). Her dissertation compared the postwar history of integration of two Central European cities, Lwów/Lviv and Breslau/Wrocław, in particular, how local and central authorities approached and treated individual elements of the cityscape in order to incorporate both cities into new political and discursive contexts. She is preparing a manuscript with the preliminary title "(Re)imagined Cityscapes: Lviv and Wrocław after the Second World War" for the Pittsburg University Press.

Previously she was a fellow at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and most recently at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University within the program on Historical Dialogue and Accountability and at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Her research interests include postwar urban history, heritage practices, and city branding in Eastern Europe. Her new project looks at mid-level urban professionals from the areas incorporated into the Soviet and socialist realm after 1945 involved in developing infrastructure in the cities of emerging states across Africa and Asia, and their individual and professional trajectories after involvement in such projects.