Sergiy Kudelia is associate professor of political science at Baylor University (USA) and URIS fellow at the University of Basel (Switzerland). His academic work addresses the issues of democratisation, institutional reform and political violence with a focus on Ukraine. He also taught courses on ethnopolitical conflicts, terrorism, autocracy and political development. Dr. Kudelia is currently teaching a course on contemporary Ukraine at the University of Basel and working on the manuscript that examines the role of Russian and local actors in the origins of the war in Donbas. He received his PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and MA in Political Science from Stanford.