Tamara was born on 17 July 1955 in Poltava region. She is a literary critic, culturologist, author of numerous publications on contemporary and modern Ukrainian literature, modernism, postmodernism, postcolonial criticism, kitsch, Chornobyl and feminism.
She graduated from T. H. Shevchenko Kyiv National University. Since 1980, she has been a researcher at T. H. Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU); since 2003, she has been a director of the Department of Literature Theory and Comparative Studies.
Doctor of Philology (since 1996).
Professor and correspondent member of the NASU (since 2003).
Associate positions: Dean of the Ukrainian Free University (Munich, Germany); HURI Associate (Harvard University, USA); Executive Director of the Krytyka Institute (since 2016).
Tamara has taught at Harvard University, Toronto University, Greifswald University, Ukrainian Free University, Ukrainian Catholic University, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Shevchenko National University.