|Peter Vronsky Biographical Curriculum Vitae|
Peter Vronsky is an investigative historian, author, filmmaker and new media artist. He holds a Ph.d. in the history of espionage in international relations and criminal justice history from the University of Toronto. He was born in Canada and has been shooting and producing investigative documentaries and independent films since 1975.
Peter Vronsky is the author of a true-crime history bestseller, Serial Killers: The Method and Mandness of Monsters (Berkley Books - Penguin Group, 2004.) The sequel Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters was published by Berkley Penguin in 2007. His current book based on his doctoral dissertation is Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada (Allen Lane - Penguin Random House Canada, 2011) a controversial study of the hidden history of Canada's first modern battle.
He worked extensively in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Middle-East, South Africa and in Canada and USA producing and directing numerous cutting edge investigative documentary television specials on subjects ranging from early punk rock and flashback syndrome in Vietnam war veterans to organized crime and nuclear materials smuggling in the break-away regions of the former Soviet Union.
Peter Vronsky is the creator of a body of formal video art works exhibited in the 1980s internationally, a former Sony Corporation Artist-in-Residence, and a cited historian of Lee Harvey Oswald's journey to the USSR in 1959-1962.
Vronsky earned a Ph.D. in the History Department of the University of Toronto in the fields of criminal justice history and intelligence in international relations. His doctoral thesis, “Combat, Memory and Remembrance in Confederation Era Canada: The Hidden History of the Battle of Ridgeway, June 2, 1866” on the origins of the Canadian secret services during the Civil War era and the Fenian Crisis in Canada focuses on the 1866 battle near Fort Erie, Ontario fought by Canadian volunteers to stop a 1000 strong invasion force of heavily armed Fenian Irish-American insurgents. The dissertation was published in 2011 by Penguin Books as Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the Forgotten 1866 Battle That Made Canada, a volume in their Canadian History series, edited by Robert Bothwell and Margaret Macmillan.
Vronsky currently lectures in international relations history, the American Civil War, terrorism and the history of the Third Reich at Ryerson University.
In between his own independent productions, Peter Vronsky has worked as a production manager, line producer, director of photography and new media artist. He field-produced Venice and Adriatic Region coverage for CNN and shot undercover and hidden camera sequences for CTV's W5 and CBC's The Fifth Estate, investigative TV programs.
Vronsky's last undercover shoot took him to the troubled breakaway republic of Chechnya, where his hidden cameras documented the secret market for nuclear weapons materials for a CTV-Discovery Channel USA-FujiTv-ORF Stornoway Productions co-production of The Hunt For Red Mercury (1993).
In 2000 Vronsky was the founding Bureau Chief of the Queens Park/Toronto Bureau of Epress.ca, Canada's first officially accredited internet streaming video news portal. Later that year he joined GlobalNetFinancial.com, a Los Angeles-based global investment streaming video news and online trading platform with sites in Europe and North America, where he was their Broadband Content Specialist. GlobalNetFinancial perished in the 2001 dot-com stock market collapse. Vronsky is highly experienced in convergence of television and video with the Internet, non-linear interactive scripting and online streaming content design.
In 1997-2000 Vronsky was the Head of Documentary and English Language Production in Italy for Panavideo, a service producer for RAI, the Italian national television broadcasting network. Vronsky produced live and taped television broadcasts in the Venice region and is an expert on the logistics of film and video production management in the water-bound city.
Vronsky has extensive international production experience as a producer, director and/or director of photography on locations in Russia, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, UK, Austria, former Yugoslavia, Jamaica, South Africa, and in North America.
Peter Vronsky is fluent in English, Russian and Italian, and currently resides in Toronto Canada and Venice Italy.
His main website is www.petervronsky.org