Ivan received his Ph.D. degree in 2012 after studying at the Joint Franco-Ukrainian PhD Program at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. This was funded by the French Government Scholarship (BGF). Later, Ivan was a German fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2013 and the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in 2016-2017.
Since 2011 he works at the Department of Political Science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, where he teaches a number of courses on political regimes and contentious politics. His scholarly interests focus on issues of authoritarianism, democratization, political extremism, and non-violent resistance. He publishes his research in international and Ukrainian scholarly journals. He frequently gives public lectures on relative topics for various NGOs and media. From May 2016 Ivan is also a Secretary of the Subcommittee 052 of the Fifth Research and Training Panel under the Ministry of Education, which develops and implements the changes to the principles of teaching Social Sciences in Ukraine. Since 2019 Ivan is a Head of the Education Quality Assurance Office at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.