The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Ben McVicker

PhD Program


Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2014-2017; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant, 2011-2013

Ben McVicker’s proposed dissertation examines the social status of the afgantsy – veterans of the 1979-1989 war in Afghanistan – and their cultural and political representation in Post-Soviet society. Relevant interests include domestic opposition to the Soviet-Afghan War, the emergence of unauthorized veterans clubs, and memorialization in different countries. His previous work dealt largely with the politics of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and the reinvention of Soviet literary figures under Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. 



  • B.A. (Hons), Dalhousie University; M.A., University of Toronto


  • Earlier Cohorts