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Taras Hunczak (Ukrainian: Тарас Гунчак; born on March 13, 1932 in Pidhaytsi, near Tarnopol, Poland, now Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine) is a professor emeritus at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He lectures in Ukrainian, Russian, and East-European history.

Dr. Hunczak has written extensively on Ukrainian history, the twentieth century in particular.


Early life and education

Dr Hunczak gained his undergraduate degree at Fordham University, New York in 1955. He gained his Master's Degree in 1958, also at Fordham. In 1965, he earned his Ph.D. at the Vienna University.[1]


Dr. Hunczak began lecturing at Rutgers University in 1960. Between 1960 and 1984 he was a member of the Rutgers University Senate. He became Professor Emeritus in 2004.

From 1991, Dr. Hunczak has also been a professor at the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv.


Dr. Hunczak's publications include:

  • Russian Imperialism from Ivan the Great to the Revolution;
  • The Ukraine, 1917-1921: A Study in Revolution;
  • On the Horns of a Dilemma: The Story of the Ukrainian Division Halychyna;
  • Symon Petliura and the Jews: A reappraisal (Ukrainian Jewish studies);
  • Ukraine: The Challenges of World War II

Publications in Ukrainian include:

  • Ukraina—persha polovyna XX stolittia: Narysy politychnoi istorii;
  • Symon Petliura ta ievrei;
  • U mundyrakh voroha


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