Ihor Dvorkin graduated from the Department of History at V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, and received his MA diploma in History and Archival Studies (2005). He completed a postgraduate course on the History of Ukraine at the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute”, Department of Political History (2005-2008), and received his PhD (Candidate of Science in History) from Volodymyr Dal East Ukrainian University (Luhansk, Ukraine) in 2009. Since 2018, Ihor Dvorkin is an Associate Professor at the Department of Ukraine Studies, Culture Studies and History of Science, National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” (during 2008-2018 he was a senior lecturer at the Department of Political History of the same university).
Ihor Dvorkin was a research fellow in non-residential programs and emergency scholarships for Ukrainian scientists at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM, Vienna) (2022); The Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S. (NTSh-A) (2022); United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (2022); British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies (BASEES) (2023). He was also a guest lecturer/speaker at the Science at Risk Lecture Series, Leipzig University, Germany (2022); Ukrainian Hour, Neuengamme Memorial, Hamburg, Germany (2022); Ukrainian Research Series Online, Erfurt University, Germany (2022); Ukrainian Catholic University (School of Journalism and Communications), Lviv, Ukraine (2023).
Ihor Dvorkin participated in public history projects. He was a team member and content producer of the “Don’t Forget Kharkiv” digital project, dedicated to the memory of WWII and the Holocaust in Kharkiv (Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2020-2022) and “(Post)Soviet culture of remembrance of Nazi persecution during occupation in Eastern Europe” project (sub-area “Official culture(s) of remembrance in Ukraine (Post)Soviet society”) in the Foundation of Hamburg Memorials and Learning Centres Commemorating the Victims of Nazi Crimes (Hamburg, Germany, 2022).
His research interests include memorialization of World War II in Ukraine, Jewish and Holocaust Studies, History of Ukraine, Museum Studies and contemporary Ukrainian historiography.
- Soviet heritage and post-Soviet realities. The "Great Patriotic War" vs World War II (until 2014).
- Euromaidan (2014) and its impact on memory politics and historical politics. Legislative changes (2015). Changes in rhetoric, aesthetics and toponymy; the invention of new traditions.
- The impact of the full-scale Russian invasion (2022) on perceptions of World War II. Possible changes during and after the current war.
- Russian instrumentalization of the Second World War in the conditions of hybrid and full-scale wars and the Ukrainian response.
- "Memorial places" dedicated to the war in the Ukrainian city: Soviet and post-Soviet (memorials, monuments, commemorative practices).
- Memory of the war in the toponymy of the Ukrainian cities: dynamics of changes.