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Faculty

UPCES professors are leading scholars in their fields and hold distinguished teaching credentials. Faculty members are drawn from universities, government and industry.

Tereza Brdečková, M.A.

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Curriculum Vitae

Tereza Brdečková is a film expert and writer. She studied Cinema at the FAMU film academy in Prague (1977-82). In 1992, she was the programming director of the Karlovy Vary Interntional Film Festival. From 1995-2005, she was a leading programmer and programming director of the Febiofest film festival. She is a member of FIPRESCI – the  international organization of film critics. Tereza has written several  film scripts, five novels and several non-fiction books.  Since 1997, she has had her own public TV documentary series involving interviews with Central European seniors.  She has been working since 2010 as art and festival project coordinator at the CME society. She has teaching experience at both FAMU and UPCES.

Orientation – Eastern European cinema as an instrument of understanding the history and development of the region.

Lucia Najšlová, Ph.D.

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Lucia Najšlová, PhD, is interested in questions of belonging and mobility in European politics. Her work in progress connects to literatures on sovereignty, recognition and anthropology of the future. Lucia is currently a fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, Comenius University in Bratislava and a lecturer at UPCES CERGE-EI. She has served as a Faculty member at Department of European Studies, Charles University in Prague and Associate Fellow at the Institute of International Relations. She has contributed analysis and commentary to various international outlets. In 2014-15 she has served as a member of external advisory team to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Lucia is a founding editor of V4Revue, a long-form journalism portal on society and politics in Central Europe. She has been a policy fellow at SFPA (2006-10) and Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM (2011-2015), her work has focused on EU enlargement and neighborhood policies and evolving and conflicting meanings of ‘the West’ and ‘Europe’ in societies undergoing political transition and conceptualization of transnational solidarities in the EU.

Todd Nesbitt, PhDr., Ph.D.

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Dr. Todd Nesbitt is Chair of the department of Communication and Mass Media studies at the University of New York in Prague, and is the Prague director of a Master's program in Professional Communication and Public Relations granted by La Salle University. He holds a Ph.D., PhDr., a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism of the faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, and a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a letter of equivalency in English from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Nesbitt has taught courses at the faculties of Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Charles University, as well as at New York University. He is a recipient of the outstanding faculty award for teaching excellence at the University of New York in Prague. His research interests include strategic political communication, media globalization and media ownership. A sensitivity to involvement in public affairs has seen him holding public talks on, contributing to the local press about, and giving seminars on media-related issues. He sits on the editorial board of the street newspaper Nový Prostor, which offers the homeless, and those at risk of becoming homeless, the opportunity to earn an income, with an aim to helping them reintegrate into society.

Michal Plzák, M.A.

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Michal Plzak (b. 1963) studied theology at Charles University in Prague and theology, Jewish studies and philosophy in Great Britain (Cambridge and London University). He works as editor-in-chief in a Publishing House in Prague. In 1997 he submitted the study 'Antijudaism as a Challenge to the Present-day Theology to the use of the Protestant Church of Czech Brethren.' In 2013 he co-wrote a book on "Forgotten Transports" from the Protectorat.

Since 2008 he has taught Comprehending the Holocaust at CERGE-EI. His main research interests are the decision-making processes in the Holocaust and the sociological and moral reflections of the Shoah today.        

Vilém Semerák, Mgr., Ing., Ph.D.

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Curriculum Vitae

An economist who studied at Prague University of Economics (VŠE Praha), the London School of Economics & Political Science, and Charles University (IES and CERGE-EI), Vilém Semerák obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Prague University of Economics in 2003. He teaches at Charles University and the Prague branch of New York University, and he also works as a researcher for CERGE. He also worked in China at Shandong Economic University and East China Normal University. 

Mr. Semerák specializes in international trade theory, economics of transition and the Chinese economy.

Ondřej Skripnik, Ph.D.

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Ondřej Skripnik (born in 1975) is currently the Head of Anthropology for bachelors at the Faculty of Humanity Studies of Charles University in Prague. He studied anthropology and sociology in Prague and Constance, and in 2001 received an M.A. in cultural anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities for his thesis The Oath of Hippokrates.

Ondřej Skripnik has been an Assistant Professor of Jan Sokol since 2000 and has been teaching at the university level since 2003. Courses taught at Charles University (CU): Man and Religion; Chapters from cultural anthropology, Archaic law, Prague as a living history. His research and teaching interests cover several fields, including philosophic anthropology, religious science, and anthropology of law. His research activities are oriented mainly on the ethno-cultural issues of Europe; he has fieldwork experience with the Roma community living in villages in Slovakia and Bohemian cities as well. He has published articles and participated in lectures in Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and Great Britain.