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Olga Baysha

  • Olga Baysha has been at HSE University since 2013.

Education and Degrees

  • 2012

    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Thesis Title: The mythologies of moderity with the schizophrenic network dynamic

  • 2002

    Thesis Title: Media Framing of Ukrainian Political Crisis 2000-2001

  • 2002

    University of Colorado

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2020, 2018

Dr. Baysha's Bio

Olga Baysha earned her MS in Journalism from Colorado State University and PhD in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, she worked as a news reporter and editor in Kharkiv, Ukraine, then as an editor-in-chief of a documentary production company in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her research centers mainly on political and cultural aspects of globalization with an emphasis on new media and global social movements for justice and democratization. Dr. Baysha is especially interested in analyzing inherent anti-democratic tendencies of the discourses of Westernization employed by post-Soviet social movements. Dr. Baysha is the author of two monographs: "The Mythologies of Capitalism and the End of the Soviet Project" (2014) and "Miscommunicating Social Change: Lessons from Russia and Ukraine" (2018). Her research has also appeared in such leading international journals as Critical Discourse Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Communication, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, etc.

Courses (2020/2021)

Critical Text Analysis (Master’s programme; Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design; 1 year, 2-4 module)Eng

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)


Work Experience

01/09/2013-present    Assistant Professor, National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation


01/01/2013-01/06/2013    Visiting Professor, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. 


01/06/2011-12/12/2012    Course Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder


15/08/2010-15/05/2011    Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder


15/08/2008-15/07/2009    Research Assistant, University of Colorado at Boulder


10/09/2002-01/06/2008    Editor-in-Chief, Omega-TV documentary production television company, Kiev, Ukraine


08/00-06/02    Teaching Assistant, Colorado State University


01/93-06/99    News Editor, ATN news production television company, Kharkov, Ukraine


09/92-01/93    News reporter, Yugoslavia


04/91-08/92    News reporter, Tonis television company, Kharkov, Ukraine

The HSE Look July Issue

The third issue of 2020 presents three interviews on tenure track stories and our commentary on a new format of the April conference.

A Ticket to the Rocky Mountains and Media Research

This year HSE University is launching a new Master's programme in Critical Media Studies. HSE bulletin HSE Look has talked to Olga Baysha, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, who was involved in creating the programme, about her path in academia, research interests, and teaching.

HSE University Launches New Master’s Programme in Critical Media Studies

HSE University’s new Master’s Programme ‘Critical Media Studies’, offered by the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design, is now accepting applications for fall 2020. Programme Academic Supervisor and HSE Assistant Professor Panos Kompatsiaris explains what kinds of courses and research opportunities await the programme’s first cohort, and what makes the programme unique.

Book Published About the Mythologisation of Western Values during Perestroika

A book entitled The Mythologies of Capitalism and the End of the Soviet Project by Associate Professor at the HSE Faculty of Media Communications Olga Baysha has been published by Lexington Books (United States).