Pavlo Smytsnyuk

Associate Research Scholar
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanley J. Seeger '52 Center for Hellenic Studies & Department of Religion

Pavlo Smytsnyuk is a Mary Seeger O’Boyle Associate Research Scholar jointly at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and the Department of Religion. He specializes in political theology and religious nationalism in Orthodox Christianity and neo-Hinduism, and is currently working on explicating the category of religion as an instrument of anti-colonial struggle. Pavlo has written on the politicisation of religion in the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

From 2019-2022, Pavlo was the Director of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies and a Senior Lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. He designed and taught a range of courses at the intersection between theology, politics and ethics at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Pavlo spearheaded several internationally-collaborative projects on Eastern Christian identity, religion, war, peacebuilding, and sustainable development goals.

 Pavlo studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, and the Orthodox Theological Academy of St Petersburg. In 2019, he obtained a Doctorate from the University of Oxford (Campion Hall).

Selected Publications

Marian Reflections on War and Peace: Trauma, Mourning and Justice in Ukraine and Beyond, with Lenart Skof and Emily A. Holmes, under contract for publication in 2024 (Routledge).

“The Politicization of God: Soloviev, Clément and Yannaras on the Theological Importance of Atheism”, ET Studies - Journal of the European Society for Catholic Theology 13/2(2022): 265-288.

“Ukrainian Orthodoxy: Ecumenical Aspects and Problems”, Orthodoxy in Two Manifestations? The Conflict in Ukraine as Expression of a Fault Line in World Orthodoxy, edited by Thomas Bremer, Alfons Brüning and Nadieszda Kizenko, New York, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2022, pp. 303-332.

“A Tortuous Boundary: Polis, Civil Religion, and the Distinction between the Sacred and Profane”, Theology and the Political: Theo-political Reflections on Contemporary Politics in Ecumenical Conversation, edited by Alexei Bodrov and Stephen M. Garrett. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2021, pp. 106-127.

Pars pro toto, or Who Represents Universality? The Churches of Rome and Constantinople Between Particularity and Catholicity”, One in Christ 55/1(2021) 75-92.