Max Kovalov

Instructor of International Studies

Address: ECTR 206A
Office Hours: Fall 2021: Tuesday and Thursday, 2pm-3pm and by appointment via Zoom, schedule meetings through
Phone: 843.953.4884

Max Kovalov is an instructor of international studies and political science. He teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on populism, democratization, and politics of protest in post-Communist states. His research has been published in Eastern European Politics and Societies and the Copernicus Journal of Political Studies. Kovalov's current research project is on de-communization and politics of memory in Ukraine. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma in 2013. In 2002-2004 he was a recipient of Edmund Muskie graduate fellowship awarded by the US State Department. 


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 2013

M.S. in International Studies, Oklahoma State University, 2004

B.A. in Business Administration, Vinnytsia National Technical University, Ukraine, 2001

Courses Taught

  • Democratization in Comparative Perspective
  • Eastern European Politics
  • Introduction to European Studies
  • Model UN
  • European Studies Capstone
  • Understanding Global Issues
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics


  • “Electoral Manipulations and Fraud in Parliamentary Elections: The Case of Ukraine,” East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, 28(4), November 2014, 781-807.
  • “The Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine: Exploring Competing Narratives,” The Copernicus Journal of Political Studies, 1(5), 2014, 144-151.