Andrii Zhyvachivskyi – biography


Andrii Zhyvachivskyi, has been a member of St. Sophia Religious Association of Ukrainian Catholics, USA since 2023. 

     Andrii is an historian who was born in Golyn (Ivano Frankivsk region, Ukraine). He graduated from the Faculty of History at the Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk. He studied at the Center for East European

Studies of the University of Warsaw (2010-2012), was working on his Ph.D. at The Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw (2011-2017), with a thesis focusing on the Ottoman province of Kefe in the 16th-17th centuries. He conducted his research in the archives of Moscow, Krakow, Bakhchisaray and Feodosia, Kyiv, Istanbul and Warsaw. He received a scholarship from the Turkish government, TÜBİTAK in Istanbul, in 2014.  

     In addition to Ukrainian, Andrii speaks Turkish, Polish, English and Crimean Tatar at a conversational level and has studied Arabic, Hebrew, German and French.  He is the author of several scholarly articles on the topic of Ottoman Crimea, the Crimean Khanate and Crimean Tatars.

     Andrii Zhyvachivskyi took part in the Orange Revolution (2004) and Revolution of Dignity (2013-14) in Kyiv, Ukraine.  In November 2021, he finished writing of his dissertation and came to visit his sister but due to a serious illness of his academic advisor as well as the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, his dissertation defense was postponed.  He stayed in the United States of America and began volunteering and fundraising to help Ukraine and support his friends on the frontline.

     Since 2023, Zhyvachivskyi has been a teacher of history in upper levels of the Ukrainian Heritage School in Jenkintown, PA. He also teaches Ukrainian language as a foreign language at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City.  Since 2023 he has been a member of the Scientific Shevchenko Society. He is one of the founders of the Ukrainian Literature Club in Philadelphia, PA, which was founded in November 2023.