Management Members



PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D.

David Emler graduated from the Ph.D. (cotutelle Ph.D.) in the field of Modern History (Charles University) and Political Sciences (Université Paris Nanterre). He had graduated from West European Studies (PhDr. and Mgr.) and International Area Studies (Bc.) beforehand at Charles University. He also studied at Sciences Po, Paris and the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. Since 2009, he has been employed full time as an assistant at the Institute of International Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. Previously he worked in the foreign editorial office of the Czech Press Office and at the Protocol Department of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. The topics of his publications and lectures include the fields of historiography, collective memory, and the use of the past. He also deals with contemporary French history, French-German relations and cultural history of Central Europe.



PhDr. Zuzana Kasáková, Ph.D.

She studied West European Studies at the Institute of International Studies at the FSV UK, where she also received a doctorate. She also studied at a number of foreign universities - the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2004 she graduated from the Scottish National Party in the British Parliament, and five years later at Europaeum, the University of Oxford.

Since 2005 she has lectured at the Institute of International Studies, FSV UK. In 2012-2014 she was the Chairwoman of the Academic Senate of the FSV UK. Since June 2015 she has been Vice-Dean for Foreign Relations at the FSV UK. She is also an external researcher at the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.

She deals with the political development and the history of the United Kingdom (especially the so-called Celtic margin), the EU history and institutions, the EU regional policy, collective memory, regionalism and nationalism of the so-called "Nations without a State" in Europe.



doc. PhDr. Ota Konrád, Ph.D.

Ota Konrád is Associate Professor of Modern History at Charles University in Prague. Previously, he was also the Head of the Department of German and Austrian Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences (2012 - 2019). He deals with the history of humanities, the history of foreign policy and the history of the First World War in Central Europe. He is a co-author of the book (together with Rudolf Kučera) Cesty z apokalypsy: Fyzické násilí v pádu a obnově střední Evropy 1914 - 1922 (2018) [in Czech, trans. Ways from the Apocalypse: Physical Violence in the Fall and Restoration of Central Europe 1914-1922], which deals with the cultural history of violence in Austria, the Czech Lands and South Tyrol in the First World War aftermath. He is currently preparing an extensive project on collective violence as a tool for changing national identities at the end of World War II in Europe.



prof. PhDr. Michal Kubát, Ph.D.

He is the Chairman of the Department Board of the PhD Study Programme of the International Area Studies Programme and is the Academic Supervisor of the programme.

Michal Kubát graduated from Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He participated in a yearly study abroad programme at the Jagiellonian Institute of Political Sciences, University of Krakow. At present he is a professor of political science at the FSV UK. In the years 2010-2016 he held the position of Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science and Research and PhD Studies, in 2011-2015 he was Head of the Department of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the Faculty. He specializes in comparative political science (mainly democratic and undemocratic political regimes and political parties) and the political systems of Central European countries. He published a large number of specialized monographs in Czech, English, Polish and German. He is the author of many professional journals, compilations of studies by various authors and articles and also of several professional translations from Polish.



prof. PhDr. Jaroslav Kučera, CSc.

Chairman of the Board of the PhD programme of Modern History and at the same time the Academic Supervisor of this programme.

He studied History and German at the Faculty of Arts CU, then worked as a scientific worker at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. In 1991-1994 he was a scientist at the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in Munich. Since 1995 he has lectured at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences CU, in 1998 he was appointed Associate Professor and in 2009 Professor in Modern History.

He has participated in a number of international projects and has lectured on important foreign universities, among others, he was visiting professor at the Technische Universität in Dresden (1998-1999), at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin (2000-2001) and associate professor, Head of the Department of East European History at the Ruhruniversität Bochum (2009-2010). From 2013 to 2019 he was a permanent guest professor at the Universität Konstanz.

He held a number of academic positions at the Faculty of Social Science, CU. He was Vice-Dean for study (1997-1999), Vice-Dean for PR and Academic Qualifications (2007-2009) and since 2018 he has been Vice-Dean for Science and Research; since 2012 he has been a member of the Scientific Council of the FSV UK and since 2018 of the CU Scientific Council. Since 2004 he has been Chairman of the Branch Council and the Academic Supervisor of the PhD Programme of Modern History.

The subject of his research work is various aspects of the Czech history in the 20th century. To this subject he published four comprehensive monographs (two of them only in German) and several dozen studies. At the beginning of the 1990s he devoted himself to the issues of the forced displacement of the Sudeten German population from Czechoslovakia after the Second World War, another subject of his research interest was national policy of Czechoslovakia in the interwar period, especially with accent on the Czech-German relations in this period. Since the late 1990s he has been dealing with various peace problems arrangement with Germany after the Second World War. An important subject of his interest was also economic history, together with Jaromír Balcar, he is the author of a monograph and several studies concerning the period of transition of the Czech lands from the market economy of the interwar period to central planning 50.



doc. PhDr. Kateřina Králová, M.A., Ph.D.

As a historian, she leads courses on the history and present of the Balkans. In her research she focuses on the (post) Holocaust, the Greek Civil War, the post-war reconstruction and reconciliation. She is currently working on a book on Holocaust survivors in post-war Greece. After studying in Germany she received a PhD in Prague with a dissertation published in Czech, Greek and German (Das Vermächtnis der Besatzung, 2016). She is a recipient of many scholarships in Germany, Greece and the US, including USHMM Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship at Yale University. Among other things, she is the initiator and Academic Director of the Prague Summer Seminar of Nationalism, Religion and Violence, and leads an international team of 10 researchers within the BOHEMS project, the PRIMUS Research Programme (2017-2019). In the years 2010-2015 she worked as Vice-Dean for Foreign Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences CU and in 2017 she was awarded the Czech Republic's Prize for Young Scientists.



PhDr. Zuzana Lizcová, Ph.D.

Zuzana Lizcová focuses on German speaking countries, their role in the international context and bilateral relations with the Czech Republic. She works as a DGAS (Department of German and Austrian Studies) academic and journalist. In  2011, she completed the PhD programme International Area Studies at the IMS FSV UK with a dissertation Cultural Relations between the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and Federal Republic of Germany in the 1960s and in 2005 she completed the Master´s degree programme German and Austrian Studies. During her studies, she did an internship at the Humboldt University in Berlin with the support of the DAAD scholarship. In 2007 due to the Medien – Mittler zwischen den Völkern (The Media- Mediators between Nations) Programme of the Robert Bosch Foundation she did an internship in the Berlin newsroom of the German News Agency (dpa). In the years 2004 - 2013 she worked in the documentation office of the Czech Press Office (ČTK), where she specialized in the German-speaking countries and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. She then worked as an independent journalist, an analyst at the Association for International Affairs (AIA) and a coordinator of the Czech-German Programme for Young Professionals (CGYPP).



prof. PhDr. Lenka Rovná, CSc.

She founded and led the Department of West European Studies IMS. She was the Academic Supervisor of the West European Studies and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in European Studies (the first of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe). She addresses current issues of the European Union and cultural studies of the United Kingdom and Canada. She lectured at Canadian universities in Ontario, Québec and Calgary. She was a member-alternate representative of the Czech government in the creation of the EU Constitutional Treaty. In 2004, she was named by the French President as the Knight of the National Order for merit in favor of European affairs. She also holds the Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam for European Political Studies. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Helsinki University, CERGU University in Gothenburg in Sweden, ECSA-Canada in Montreal, an evaluator of the European Commission's Jean Monnet Programme and Horizon 2020 and a member of the UNESCO Commission.



Mgr. et Mgr. Eliška Tomalová, Ph.D.

Deputy Head of the Department of European Studies (until July 31, 2019) Eliška Tomalová graduated in French Language and Literature (FF UK) and International Area Studies (FSV UK). In the past, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of International Relations. She participated in several study abroad programmes and work placements at the Institut de géopolitique (France), American University (Washington, DC, USA) and Stanford University (USA). In her pedagogical and research activities she focuses on contemporary France (with emphasis on foreign policy and Czech-French relations) and on the role of culture in international relations (cultural policy and diplomacy, public diplomacy, branding). In the field of applied research she regularly cooperates with the Czech state administration.


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PhDr. Ondřej Žíla, Ph.D.

Ondřej Žila studied Geography at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and History at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. He completed his PhD studies in 2013 with the dissertation “Jedna si jedina, moja domovina?” Etno-demografické proměny Bosny a Hercegoviny v letech 1945–2013 (In Slovak, trans. "Are you the one and only, my homeland?” Ethno-Demographic Changes of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1945-2013) at the Institute of World History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University. In his research he focuses on contemporary history and political geography of the countries of former Yugoslavia, especially Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2014, he has been employed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Russian and East European Studies at the Institute of International Studies, FSV UK. In his research he is currently addressing the issue of Sarajevo's reintegration after the end of the war in early 1996 and its consequences. He is a member of the PRIMUS Research Team (Project name: Za hranice hegemonických narativů a mýtů. „Pohnutá minulost“ v dějinách a paměti středovýchodní a jihovýchodní Evropy [in Czech, trans. Beyond the Hegemonic Narratives and Myths, "Unsettled History" in the History and Memory of the Middle East and South East Europe]), the co-researcher on the project UNCECentrum for Transdisciplinary Research on Violence, Trauma and Justice and the principal investigator of the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), (Project name: Bosenská (prou)dění: Každodenní usouvztažňování války, postsocialismu a neoliberaliazace v daytonské Bosně a Hercegovině [in Czech, trans: Bosnian Flux: Everyday Correlations of War, Post-Socialism and Neoliberalism in Daytona Bosnia and Herzegovina]). He has more than ten years of experience in teaching history, geography, geography, and a political geography seminar at the Prague Grammar School (Arabic, Nad Vítěznou Pláni).