Mikhail Minakov

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Mikhail Minakov
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BornOctober 6, 1971
Leninsk, Volgograd obl., Russia/USSR
Occupation(s)philosopher, political scholar and historian
HonoursDoctor of Philosophy

Mikhail Minakov (Ukrainian: Михайло Анатолійович Мінаков; born on 6 October 1971, Leninsk, Volgograd Oblast, Russia/USSR) is a philosopher, political scholar and historian (researcher of the history of modernity and post-Soviet ideologies), Doctor of Philosophy. [1] His studies focus on human experience, social knowledge, the phenomenon of ideology, political creativity, and the history of modernization.


He is also Head of the Ukrainian Research Program at the Kennan Institute (since 2018), Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 2008-2018, [1] Chairman of the Kant Society in Ukraine (2013-18), Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ideology and policy. [2]

Early life and education

Minakov was born in the vicinity of Volgograd, Russia/USSR. His parents were teachers. They moved to the village of Vidradne in Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukrainian SSR/Ukraine, in 1973.

He graduated from the Zaporizhzhya Medical School in 1990 and worked as a village feldsher in the same oblast. As a student, he started studying history, sociology and archeology at Zaporizhzhya State University. In 1992, Minakov was accepted into Kyiv-Mohyla Academy where he studied philosophy, political science, sociology and comparative literature.


In 2001, Minakov received his degree at the Skovoroda Kyiv Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. After that, he joined Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine) as Assistant Professor. In the same year, he published his first book. [3]

From 1998 to 2018, he taught at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, at the same time working in international educational and development programs.

In 2007, he was promoted to the post of Associate Professor and published his second book History of the Concept of Experience. That year Minakov received his degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy.

Between 2010 and 2014, Minakov cooperated with several Western universities and research centers: Harvard University (visiting scholar in 2010 and 2013, visiting professor in 2012), Greifswald University (visiting professor in 2010 and 2014).

In 2011, Minakov became an Editor-in-Chief of a scholarly peer-reviewed journal Ideology and Politics.

Since 2016, he has been teaching at the Viadrina European University (Germany).

Since 2017, Minakov has been working at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. [4] His theoretical works and empirical research focus on the problems of ideology, political imagination, pluralistic ontology and human historicity.

Social activities

Private life

Minakov lives in Kyiv and Milan.

He is married for the second time and he has a daughter.

His hobbies are photography, numismatics, sports.


Author of five books and more than a hundred articles on political and cultural analysis, philosophy and history. [11]

Kant Society in Ukraine

Ideology and policy Magazine

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