Individual Bios

Mr. Orel Beilinson

Yale University, New Haven, USA

Ph.D. History, Yale University, 2024 (expected)

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: 19th-century and 20th-century history, literature, cultural history, everyday life

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Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs

Recent Publications:
  • 2015. With Tim Haughton. Hurricane Season: Systems of Instability in Central and Eastern Europe Party Politics. Eastern European Politics, Societies and Cultures, 29(1): 68-80.
  • 2019. With Sarah Engler and Bartek Pytlas. Multiple Varieties of Populism in Central and Eastern Europe. West European Politics.
  • 2020. With Tim Haughton. The New Party Challenge: Changing Cycles of Party Birth and Death in Central Europe and Beyond. Oxford University Press.

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: Politics, Political Parties, Elections, Civil Society

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Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon, USA

Ph.D. History, University of Pittsburgh, 2002

Recent Publications:
  • Turning Prayers into Protests: Religious-Based Activism and its Challenge to State Power in Socialist Slovakia and East Germany (Central European University Press, 2013)

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: Opposition and Resistance to State Socialism, Cold War, Religion

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Indiana University, Bloomington

M.A. Georgia State University

Recent Publications:

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: Czech and Slovak Art History and National Identity (19th- early 20th Century)

Joel Fetzer

Pepperdine University, Malibu, USA

Ph.D. Political Science, Yale University, 1996

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: Religion and Politics, Migration, Ethnicity

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Indiana University

Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 1978

Recent Publications:
  • “Entertaining the People, Serving the Elites: Slovak Mass Media Since 1989,” in Media Transformations in the Post-Communist World: Eastern Europe’s Tortured Path to Change, edited by Peter Gross and Karol Jakubowicz (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2013), pp. 149-65
  • “Failing Democracy: Journalists, the Mass Media, and the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia,” in Michael Kraus and Allison K. Stanger, ed., Irreconcilable Differences?: Explaining Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), pp.163-82
  • Slovakia 1918-1938: Education and the Making of a Nation (New York: Columbia University Press/East European Monographs, 1985)

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: history of sociocultural development, especially the history of mass media in Slovakia

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University of Maryland Global Campus

Ph.D. History, University of Pittsburgh, 1986

Recent Publications:
  • Kopanic, Michael: Štefánik, Milan Rastislav , in: 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2020-04-20. DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11464. 
  • “The Milan R. Štefánik Statue in Paulhan, France,” Naše Rodina, vol 31, no.3 , Sept. 2019: 116-125.
  • “The Spanish Influenza Pandemic in Slovakia 1918-19,” Jednota, April 15, 2020 pp. 18-19, 2020, updated at

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: 20th century Slovak History, Slovak customs, Slovak Immigration, Slovak labor history

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Associate Scholar, Foreign Policy Research Institute

M.A., Political Science, Temple University, 1995

Recent Publications:

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: Founding of Czecho-Slovakia, history of Czech and Slovak peoples. Geographic: Central Europe, European Union, Russia. Thematic: international relations vs. trans-nationalism; empires vs. nationalism, sovereignty, and national identity.

McNamara CV:

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Flathead Valley Community College, Montana, USA

Ph.D., History, University of Washington, 2013

Recent Publications:

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: History of Eastern Slovakia, Urban history, Contemporary Slovak politics

Michael Mojher

Retiree, Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA USA

BA, Asian History, 1972

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: Slovak literature in English

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Herder Institut, Marburg, Germany and Department of General History, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Ph.D. History, Comenius University in Bratislava, 2018

Recent Publications:
  • “Jewish Centre and Labour Camps in Slovakia,” in Between Collaboration and Resistance. Papers from the 21. Workshop on the History and Memory of National Socialist Concentration Camps, Berlin: Metropol, 2020.
  • “Regulation of sexual relations between Jews and non-Jews according to the Decree 198/1941 during the Slovak republic,” Judaica et Holocaustica 7. Women and WWII. (eds. Nešťáková, D. – Nižňanský, E.) Bratislava : Hlbina, 2016. pp. 89-117. (with Eduard Nižňanský)
  • “Swedish interventions in the Tragedy of the Jews of Slovakia,” Nordisk judaisk. Scandinavian Jewish Studies. (Illman R. – Zetterholm Hedner, K. eds.) vol 27, No. 2, 2016. pp. 22-39. (with Eduard Nižňanský)

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: 20th century History; Holocaust Studies; Gender Studies

Ms. Vanda Rajcan 

Northwestern University

M.A. History, Illinois State University, 2010

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: World War II, Holocaust, Slovak wartime state

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The University of Texas at El Paso, USA

PhD. History, UCLA, 2012

Recent Publications:
  • Borders on the Move: Territorial Change and Forced Migration in the Hungarian-Slovak Borderlands, 1938-1948 (forthcoming from University of Rochester Press)

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