Individual Bios

Mr. Orel Beilinson

Yale University, New Haven, USA (Graduate Student)

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

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

Dr. Michael Cude

Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas

Ph.D., History, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2013

Recent Publications:
  • Co-author with Ellen Paul, “Czechoslovakia” in East Central European Migrations during the Cold War: A Handbook, ed. Anna Mazurkiewicz (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2019): 101-135.
  • The Transatlantic Slovak Question in the Interwar Period,” Slovakia (2019) 44, 82 & 83: 18-59.
  • Wilsonian National Self-determination and the Slovak Question during the Founding of Czechoslovakia, 1918-1921,” Diplomatic History (2016) 40, 1: 155-180

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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 (Ph.D. Candidate)

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

Roman Hlatky

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (Ph.D. Candidate)
Recent Publications:
  • Hlatky, Roman. 2021. “EU Funding and Euroskeptic Vote Choice,” Political Research Quarterly.
  • Csata, Zsombor, Roman Hlatky, and Amy H. Liu. 2021. “How to head count ethnic minorities: validity of census surveys versus other identification strategies,” East European Politics.

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies:  Political Parties; Voting Behavior, Nationalism

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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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York University, Glendon College, Toronto, On, Canada

D.Rech. Political Science, Université de Paris, 1970

Recent Publications:
  • Historical Dictionary of Slovakia, 3d edition, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014, lxxi & 415 pages
  • “Význam ťažiskových aktivít SKS” in Peter Jašek, ed., Svetový kongres Slovákov v zápase proti komunistickému režimu, Bratislava: Ústav pamäti národa, 2018, pp. 85-96
  • “Sister Margit Slachta of Hungary and the Deportation of Slovak Jews”, Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des Slavistes, LVI (1), 2019, pp. 99-116.

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: History, politics

Dr. Michael J. Kopanic, Jr. DSC_855_Stefanik 100th anniversary of death_Michael Kopanic keynote speech_May19 2019 - Michael Kopanic

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

Mary Ann Malinchak Rishel

Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar

MFA, Cornell University

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: History; culture

Dr. Marian Mark Stolarik

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Ph.D., History, U. of Minnesota, 1974

Recent Publications:
  • Editor, The Czech and Slovak Republics: Twenty Years of Independence (Budapest: CEU Press, 2017).
  • Author, Where is my Home? Slovak Immigration to North America (1870-2010) (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012).
  • Editor, The Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia, 1968 (Mundelein, Il: 2010).

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies:  All of Slovak history

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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)

Dr. Svorad Zavarský                   Foto_Zavarsky_SHUR_2020_2

Independent Researcher affiliated with the Instituto Storico Slovacco di Roma, Bratislava

Ph. D., Slavic Studies & Neo-Latin Studies, Slovak Academy of Sciences & Comenius University, 2010

Recent Publications:
  • “The Idea of Encyclopaedia at the University of Trnava around 1700,” Early Modern Universities and the Sciences, ed. Vittoria Feola (Milano: Franco Angeli, 2020) 56-82.
  • “Martinus Szent-Ivany’s Notion of scientia: Some Preliminary Notes on the Semantics of Neo-Latin Science,” Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Albasitensis, ed. Florian Schaffenrath – María Teresa Santamaría Hernández (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2020) 675-687.
  • ‘Et meus vere paradisus audit: mandra, Poesis’: The poetry of Antonius Faber Written and Published in Bratislava between 1831 and 1853,’ Christophe Bertiau – Dirk Sacré, Le latin et la literature néo-latine au XIXe siècle: Pratiques et représentations (Roma-Bruxelles: Academia Belgica, 2019) 159-185.

Areas of Interest in Slovak Studies: The Latin Culture of Early Modern Slovakia, Classical Reception, Early Modern Intellectual History of Slovakia, Jesuit Studies, Piarist Studies, The Works of Martinus Szent-Ivany S.J. (Martin Svätojánsky), Latin-Vernacular Relations in the History of Slovakia, The Latin Culture of the Slovak Greek Catholics

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