Vushko specializes in the history of modern Eastern Europe. She received her Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008 and has held several postdoctoral fellowships in Europe and at Harvard. At Hunter, she teaches courses on modern Europe, Eastern Europe, imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. Her first monograph, The Politics of Cultural Retreat: Imperial Bureaucracy in Austrian Galicia, 1772-1867, was published in 2015 with Yale University Press. The book won the 2016 Kulczycki Prize for the best monograph in any areas of Polish studies and was shortlisted for the 2016 Joseph Rothschild Book Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. She is currently working on the second book, tentatively titled From Empire to Nation States, which traces the lives of twenty-five individuals who started their careers in the Austrian Empire and who after 1918 parted ways into different successor states.