Dr. Arel is Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He received his BA from the University of Montreal, his MA from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Arel's interests range from nationalism and language politics to politics of identity and the censuses.
Dr. Arel co-edited Rebounding Identities: The Politics of Identity in Russia and Ukraine (John Hopkins University Press, 2006) and Census and Identity: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Language in National Censuses (Cambridge University Press, 2002). His recent publications include "Orange Ukraine Chooses the West, But Without the East," in Ingmar Bredies, Valentin Yakushik, and Andreas Umland, eds., Aspects of the Orange Revolution. Studies, Reports and Documents on the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential Elections, Stuttgart and Hannover: ibidem-Verlag(2008) and "Population Composition as an Object of Political Struggle," in Charles Tilly and Robert Goodin, eds., Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Studies (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Dr. Arel was co-principal investigator on a multi-year collaborative research project between the Watson Institute of International Studies at Brown University in the United States, the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology in Moscow, Russia, and the Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED) in Paris, France. The project resulted in a number of publications in Russian and European journals. As the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, he has organized the Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine since 2005.
Dr. Arel manages The Ukraine List (UKL), an electronic academic/current events newsletter that reaches over 1500 subscribers in thirty-five countries.