Professor at University of Ottawa, Chair of Ukrainian Studies. Research interests include political violence and human rights, language politics, nationalism, and the politics of memory, politics in East Central Europe and Eurasia, politics in Ukraine, and the politics of the census. Book publications: co-editor (together with David Kertzer) of Census and Identity: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Language in National Censuses (Сambridge, UK, 2002) and (with Blair Ruble) of Rebounding Identities: The Politics of Identity in Russia and Ukraine (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). Editor of the online newsletter "The Ukraine List" (UKL).
Arel, D., "Fixing Ethnicity in Identity Documents: The Rise and Fall of Passport Nationality in Russia", Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism(30), 2003, pp. 125-36
Arel, D., "Demography and Politics in the First Post-Soviet Censuses: Mistrusted State, Contested Identities", Population(57), 2002, pp. 801-28
Arel, D., "Interpreting Nationality' and Language' in the 2001 Ukrainian Census", Post-Soviet Affairs(18), 2002, pp. 213-49
Arel, D., "Kuchmagate and the Demise of Ukraine's Geopolitical Bluff", East European Constitutional Review(10), 2001, pp. 54-59