Dr. Victoriya Kurchenko received her Master’s and Ph. D in history from Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. From 1989 to 2000 she worked as a professor at the Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University in Ukraine, published numerous articles, and delivered well over 50 speeches.
Mrs. Kurchenko came to the US in April of 2000. Since then she has been doing research on the scientific and social life of the Ukrainian and Russian communities in the Unites States.
In 2005 Dr. Kurchenko initiated the development of the library and its archives of the Ukrainian Institute of America. During the same year, she was elected as the Vice President of The Pushkin Society, which preserved original documents about the history of Russian Diaspora in the US dated from 1935.
In 2011, Victoriya became President of the Pushkin Society in America and successfully founded LIAC - The Lodyjensky Immigration Archive Center of Russian & Ukrainian Culture, Inc.
The Pushkin Society in America is a charitable and educational organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history, the culture and the heritage of Russian Americans.