Stepanenko, Mykola [Степаненко, Микола], b 15 December 1918 in Mykilske, Poltava county, Poltava gubernia, d 14 March 1993 in San Jose, California, USA. Educator, literary scholar, and political activist; full member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society and the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of the Poltava Pedagogical Institute (1938), he taught secondary school in Ukraine. A postwar refugee, after emigrating to the United States in 1949 he completed his studies at Syracuse University (PH D, 1963) and taught Slavic languages and literatures at Rutgers University, George Washington University, and Central Michigan University. He coauthored a Ukrainian grammar and has contributed many articles to the Ukrainian émigré press and to Slavic studies journals. He has been active in Ukrainian émigré politics as a cofounder of the Ukrainian Revolutionary Democratic party and the Ukrainian Democratic Youth Association, as a member of the board of directors of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (1950–4), and as a vice-president of the Government-in-exile of the Ukrainian National Republic (from 1967).
[This article was updated in 2019.]
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