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At the Department of North American Studies, we have the best experts in the field. Apart from the members of the department, we have extensive ties with external experts who cooperate with us. We also have a number of both internal and external Ph.D. candidates.


Members of the Department

PhDr. et Mgr. Kryštof Kozák, Ph.D. - head of the Department


E-mail: kozak@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 251 080 297, Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: US-Mexican bilateral relations, effects of North American economic integration and globalization on public policy in Mexico and United States, issues of legal and illegal migration from Mexico to the US, drug trafficking as a problem of national and international politics, problem of asymmetric collective memory in Mexico and United States

Disciplinary approach: political economy, theory of international relations, public policy analysis

Geographic area: United States, Mexico

Other research interests: interrelation of law and politics in the United States, US economy in global context, transatlantic economic, political and cultural relations


For more info about Dr. Kozák look at his CV and the list of publications


doc. PhDr. Miloš Calda - Academic Supervisor of the American Studies program


E-mailcalda@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 251 080 300, Room: no. 3078, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topic: social/cultural/political movements in the transnational sphere

Disciplinary approach: History (cultural and social), American music (esp. non-artificial), American government, impact of U.S. culture in Europe, esp. the UK, Czechoslovakia and Poland

Geographic area: United States; Central Europe (Czechoslovakia and her successor states, Poland), the UK

Other research interests:

History:

20th-century U.S. history and its intepretations, analysis of important texts, U.S. culture interacting with that of European countries like the former Czechoslovakia, Poland and the UK. Central Europe (Germans-speaking countries, Hungary)

American Government and Society:

American constitutionalism, American Exceptionalism, Domestic scene in the U.S., The American Left during interwar years

Foreign Relations of the United States:

Challenges to the United States as a great power in the 20th and 21st century


doc. PhDr. Francis D. Raška, Ph.D. - Academic Supervisor of the Transatlantic Studies program


E-mail: francisraska@gmail.com, Phone: 251 080 298, Room: no. 3079, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: Cold War-era East European diasporas, American national security policy, Transatlantic relations, dissent in America in the 1960s, and American immigration policy.

Disciplinary approach: history, politology

Geografic area: USA


prof. PhDr. Svatava Raková, CSc.


E-mail: rakova@hiu.cas.cz, Phone: 251 080 301, Room: no. 3078, Jinonice, building A


Výzkumný profile:

Topics: Topics and trends in recent American historiography, Reflexion of modernization in the early modern period – from transcendent to secular legitimization of power, Intellectual networks, transfers and means of communication in the late enlightenment

Disciplinary approach: Historiography

Geografic area: USA

Orher research interests: History of the United States – colonial and early national period early national period


For more info about prof. Raková look at her CV and the list of publications (only in Czech).


Ing. et Mgr. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.


E-mail: firtova@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone 251 080 298, Room: no. 3079, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: Effects of North American integration and globalization on Canadian public policy, development and administration of Canadian energy policy, evolution of relations between federal government and provinces (particularly in energy and immigration policies), Canadian foreign policy in energy sector, transatlantic relations between Canada and EU

Disciplinary approach: history, political economy, international relations

Geographic area: Canada

Other research interests: Canadian cultural diplomacy, minorities, Quebec nationalism


For more info about Dr. Fiřtová look at her CV and the list of publications



PhDr. Jan Bečka, Ph.D.

E-mail: jan.becka@gmail.com, Website: www.janbecka.cz, Room: no. 3079, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: current US security, defence and foreign policy (with the emphasis on Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East); US engagement in Asia – the overall development and historical perspective (from the 19th century to modern day); mutual perceptions of the US and Asia

Disciplinary approach: security and defence strategies and their implementation; international relations

Geographic area: United States; Southeast and South Asia; the Middle East 

Other research interests: recent political, security and economic developments in Southeast Asia (with the emphasis on Thailand and Cambodia)


Mgr. Lucie Kýrová, Ph.D.

E-mail: lucie.kyrova@fsv.cuni.cz  Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: Native American and Indigenous history, Social Movements, Global Indigenous Movement, 20th Century America, Cold War

Disciplinary approach: cultural, social, and intellectual history

Geographic area: United States


For more info see Dr. Kýrová's CV.


PhDr. Jan Hornát


E-mail: jan.hornat@fsv.cuni.cz, Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: democracy protmotion and assistance policies of the US and the EU, security issues in the Indo-Pacifice region, maritime security, US foreign policy

Disciplinary approach: constructivism, postructuralism, theory of international relations

Geographic area: United States, People's Republic of China, East Asia

Other research interests:

US policy of democracy promotion, Territorial disputes in South China Sea, Political culture in China, Chinese political thinking in the context of Western political thinking, US foreign policy towards China during G. W. Bush era, Democracy transition in Eastern Asia, Contemporary US foreign policy towards Pacific and Eastern Asia, colonialism and imperialism


For more info look at CV and the list of publications.


Mgr. Jana Sehnálková



E-mailsehnalkova@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 251 080 297, Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topic: U.S. foreign policy towards Asia, China and Taiwan 

Disciplinary approach: History, Political Science

Geographic area: United States; East Asia

Other research interests:

Evolution of U.S. foreign policy towards China and Taiwan, Taiwan – History, politics and society, China – Modern history, politics and society, South China Sea Disputes, Asia Pivot, U.S. history: the Founding, U.S. history from the Civil War, U.S. domestic politics since the end of the WWII, U.S. Media, U.S. government and political process (particularly presidential elections)



Mgr. Jiří Pondělíček, BA

E-mail: jiri.pondelicek@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 774 854 437, Room: no. 3078, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: U.S. in the Cold War

Disciplinary approach: cultural history, political history, sociology

Geographical area: United States; Europe (Czechoslovakia and its successor states, Poland, Great Britain)

Other research interests: racial relations since 19th century until nowadays, Civil War, World War I and II, American literature


Internal PhD. candidates

PhDr. Jakub Čeněk



Research profile:

Topics: US foreign policy, ABM, BMD, History of the United States, History of Czechoslovakia

Disciplinary approach: historical analysis

Geographic area: USA, NATO, Czechoslovakia, USSR

Other research interests:

Missile defense (ABM, BMD):

US missile defense history (SDI in particular), contemporary Israeli missile defense, contemporary missile defense of the United States, NATO, ABM

Czechoslovak history

“Third republic” period, (1945-1948), US-Czechoslovak relations 1945-1948, foreign policy of Czechoslovakia 1945-1948

Foreign policy of the US

Early cold war (late 40s), the end of cold war, Ronald Reagan administration, US-USSR relations 1945-1989


For more info look at CV (only available in Czech).


Mgr. Kristýna Divišová



Research profile:

Topics: New racism of political elites in the USA

Disciplinary approach: Critical Discourse Analysis

Geographic area: USA

Other research interests: role of racism in the U.S. society, racial minorities in the U.S. society (mainly African Americans and Latinos), Mexican immigration in the USA, U.S.-Mexican border, immigration discourse, anti-immigration movement in the U.S. society


PhDr. Maxim Kucer


Research profile:

Geographic area: United States

Disciplinary approach: political and social history, political science

Other research interests:

History:

Populist movement of American South from late 19th century to 1970s

American studies:

Tea Party and its impacts on national politics in the United States


Stephen Christensen, MA


Research profile:

Topics: Progressive Pragmatism and Offshore Balancing: Explaining Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy

Disciplinary approach: theories of international relations

Geographic area: United States, the Russian federation

Other research interests: foreign policy of the United States, US-Russia reůations, presidency of Barack Obama


PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslav Zukerstein



Research profile:

Topics: U.S. foreign and security policy after 1945, United States in the contemporary world

Disciplinary approach: history, political economy, theory of international relations, security studies

Geographic area: the United States, Iran, Middle East, globalized world

Other research interests:

U.S. foreign policy:

U.S. foreign policy in Europe, Iran and Middle East after WW2, concept of regime change in the U.S. foreign policy

American cultural imperialism, anti-Americanism in the world, human rights and democracy promotion, global governance

Transatlantic security and strategic studies:

United States and NATO, humanitarian intervention, strategic culture, new security agenda, emerging security threats, Copenhagen school

Critical theory and methodology in theory of international relations:

Marxism and neo-Marxism in international relations, Dependence theory, World-systems theory, neo-Gramscianism, Constructivism in international relations, Post-colonial studies, post-structuralism, Frankfurt school


Mgr. Jakub El-Ahmadieh



Research profile:

Topics: Foreign policy of the United States in the Middle East under extraordinary circumstances: Barack Obama´s aspirations and restraints

Disciplinary approach: international relations, political history

Geographic area: USA, Middle East

Other research interests: U. S. foreign policy in the Middle East, decision processes in the U. S. foreign policy, religion groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon


Mgr. Tereza Krauzová



Research profile:

Topics: transformation of the U. S. politics after 9/11, counter-terrorism, religion and religiosity in the U. S.

Disciplinary approach: political science, law

Geographic area: USA

Other research interests: right to privacy, surveillance


Mgr. Pavla Voborníková



Research profile:

Topics: Residential segregation of African Americans

Disciplinary Approach: History, Political Science, Urban Planning, Social Work, Sociology, Economics

Geographic area: USA

Other research interests: American housing policy



Mgr. Viktorie Mertová



Research profile:

Topic: Different Strategies of Contemporary African American Social Activism

Disciplinary approach: sociology, political science

Research interests: contemporary African American social activism, #BlackLivesMatter movement, minorities in the US society; presidential elections


Mgr. Zdeněk Král



Research profile:

Topics: political, electoral and party system in the U.S.; political philosophy; U.S: criminal justice system and its administration; homeland security, domestic terrorism and extremism

Disciplinary approach: political economics; political history; American government; political science; multidisciplinary

Geographic area: The United States of America

Research interests:


Political, Electoral and Party System in the U.S.:

American political system, its development, mechanisms and stability; American government; electoral systems; major and minor U.S. political parties; the U.S. Constitution and civil liberties


Political Philosophy:

American political philosophies and their development; philosophy of American political parties; influence on European political philosophy and vice versa


U.S. Criminal Justice System:

political aspects of U.S. criminal law—federal, state and local; criminal law and legal process, policing and law enforcement, courts and judicial system, correctional system; the War on Drugs


Homeland Security, Domestic Terrorism and Extremism:

homeland security; cyber-security; domestic terrorism and violent extremism; political aspects of counter-terrorism measures and their impact on civil liberties



Mgr. Ivana Radová



Research profile:

Topics: U.S. foreign and security policy, US-Russia security relations

Disciplinary approach: international relations

Geographic area: US, NATO, Russia

Research interests: US foreign and security policy since the end of Cold War with the focus on the presidencies of G. W. Bush and B. Obama, US - Russia post-Cold War relations










Faculty



At the Department of North American Studies, we have the best experts in the field. Apart from the members of the department, we have extensive ties with external experts who cooperate with us. We also have a number of both internal and external Ph.D. candidates.


Members of the Department

PhDr. et Mgr. Kryštof Kozák, Ph.D. - head of the Department


E-mail: kozak@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 251 080 297, Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: US-Mexican bilateral relations, effects of North American economic integration and globalization on public policy in Mexico and United States, issues of legal and illegal migration from Mexico to the US, drug trafficking as a problem of national and international politics, problem of asymmetric collective memory in Mexico and United States

Disciplinary approach: political economy, theory of international relations, public policy analysis

Geographic area: United States, Mexico

Other research interests: interrelation of law and politics in the United States, US economy in global context, transatlantic economic, political and cultural relations


For more info about Dr. Kozák look at his CV and the list of publications


doc. PhDr. Miloš Calda - Academic Supervisor of the American Studies program


E-mailcalda@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 251 080 300, Room: no. 3078, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topic: social/cultural/political movements in the transnational sphere

Disciplinary approach: History (cultural and social), American music (esp. non-artificial), American government, impact of U.S. culture in Europe, esp. the UK, Czechoslovakia and Poland

Geographic area: United States; Central Europe (Czechoslovakia and her successor states, Poland), the UK

Other research interests:

History:

20th-century U.S. history and its intepretations, analysis of important texts, U.S. culture interacting with that of European countries like the former Czechoslovakia, Poland and the UK. Central Europe (Germans-speaking countries, Hungary)

American Government and Society:

American constitutionalism, American Exceptionalism, Domestic scene in the U.S., The American Left during interwar years

Foreign Relations of the United States:

Challenges to the United States as a great power in the 20th and 21st century


doc. PhDr. Francis D. Raška, Ph.D. - Academic Supervisor of the Transatlantic Studies program


E-mail: francisraska@gmail.com, Phone: 251 080 298, Room: no. 3079, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: Cold War-era East European diasporas, American national security policy, Transatlantic relations, dissent in America in the 1960s, and American immigration policy.

Disciplinary approach: history, politology

Geografic area: USA


prof. PhDr. Svatava Raková, CSc.


E-mail: rakova@hiu.cas.cz, Phone: 251 080 301, Room: no. 3078, Jinonice, building A


Výzkumný profile:

Topics: Topics and trends in recent American historiography, Reflexion of modernization in the early modern period – from transcendent to secular legitimization of power, Intellectual networks, transfers and means of communication in the late enlightenment

Disciplinary approach: Historiography

Geografic area: USA

Orher research interests: History of the United States – colonial and early national period early national period


For more info about prof. Raková look at her CV and the list of publications (only in Czech).


Ing. et Mgr. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.


E-mail: firtova@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone 251 080 298, Room: no. 3079, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: Effects of North American integration and globalization on Canadian public policy, development and administration of Canadian energy policy, evolution of relations between federal government and provinces (particularly in energy and immigration policies), Canadian foreign policy in energy sector, transatlantic relations between Canada and EU

Disciplinary approach: history, political economy, international relations

Geographic area: Canada

Other research interests: Canadian cultural diplomacy, minorities, Quebec nationalism


For more info about Dr. Fiřtová look at her CV and the list of publications



PhDr. Jan Bečka, Ph.D.

E-mail: jan.becka@gmail.com, Website: www.janbecka.cz, Room: no. 3079, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: current US security, defence and foreign policy (with the emphasis on Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Middle East); US engagement in Asia – the overall development and historical perspective (from the 19th century to modern day); mutual perceptions of the US and Asia

Disciplinary approach: security and defence strategies and their implementation; international relations

Geographic area: United States; Southeast and South Asia; the Middle East 

Other research interests: recent political, security and economic developments in Southeast Asia (with the emphasis on Thailand and Cambodia)


Mgr. Lucie Kýrová, Ph.D.

E-mail: lucie.kyrova@fsv.cuni.cz  Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: Native American and Indigenous history, Social Movements, Global Indigenous Movement, 20th Century America, Cold War

Disciplinary approach: cultural, social, and intellectual history

Geographic area: United States


For more info see Dr. Kýrová's CV.


PhDr. Jan Hornát


E-mail: jan.hornat@fsv.cuni.cz, Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: democracy protmotion and assistance policies of the US and the EU, security issues in the Indo-Pacifice region, maritime security, US foreign policy

Disciplinary approach: constructivism, postructuralism, theory of international relations

Geographic area: United States, People's Republic of China, East Asia

Other research interests:

US policy of democracy promotion, Territorial disputes in South China Sea, Political culture in China, Chinese political thinking in the context of Western political thinking, US foreign policy towards China during G. W. Bush era, Democracy transition in Eastern Asia, Contemporary US foreign policy towards Pacific and Eastern Asia, colonialism and imperialism


For more info look at CV and the list of publications.


Mgr. Jana Sehnálková



E-mailsehnalkova@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 251 080 297, Room: no. 3080, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topic: U.S. foreign policy towards Asia, China and Taiwan 

Disciplinary approach: History, Political Science

Geographic area: United States; East Asia

Other research interests:

Evolution of U.S. foreign policy towards China and Taiwan, Taiwan – History, politics and society, China – Modern history, politics and society, South China Sea Disputes, Asia Pivot, U.S. history: the Founding, U.S. history from the Civil War, U.S. domestic politics since the end of the WWII, U.S. Media, U.S. government and political process (particularly presidential elections)



Mgr. Jiří Pondělíček, BA

E-mail: jiri.pondelicek@fsv.cuni.cz, Phone: 774 854 437, Room: no. 3078, Jinonice, building A


Research profile:

Topics: U.S. in the Cold War

Disciplinary approach: cultural history, political history, sociology

Geographical area: United States; Europe (Czechoslovakia and its successor states, Poland, Great Britain)

Other research interests: racial relations since 19th century until nowadays, Civil War, World War I and II, American literature


Internal PhD. candidates

PhDr. Jakub Čeněk



Research profile:

Topics: US foreign policy, ABM, BMD, History of the United States, History of Czechoslovakia

Disciplinary approach: historical analysis

Geographic area: USA, NATO, Czechoslovakia, USSR

Other research interests:

Missile defense (ABM, BMD):

US missile defense history (SDI in particular), contemporary Israeli missile defense, contemporary missile defense of the United States, NATO, ABM

Czechoslovak history

“Third republic” period, (1945-1948), US-Czechoslovak relations 1945-1948, foreign policy of Czechoslovakia 1945-1948

Foreign policy of the US

Early cold war (late 40s), the end of cold war, Ronald Reagan administration, US-USSR relations 1945-1989


For more info look at CV (only available in Czech).


Mgr. Kristýna Divišová



Research profile:

Topics: New racism of political elites in the USA

Disciplinary approach: Critical Discourse Analysis

Geographic area: USA

Other research interests: role of racism in the U.S. society, racial minorities in the U.S. society (mainly African Americans and Latinos), Mexican immigration in the USA, U.S.-Mexican border, immigration discourse, anti-immigration movement in the U.S. society


PhDr. Maxim Kucer


Research profile:

Geographic area: United States

Disciplinary approach: political and social history, political science

Other research interests:

History:

Populist movement of American South from late 19th century to 1970s

American studies:

Tea Party and its impacts on national politics in the United States


Stephen Christensen, MA


Research profile:

Topics: Progressive Pragmatism and Offshore Balancing: Explaining Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy

Disciplinary approach: theories of international relations

Geographic area: United States, the Russian federation

Other research interests: foreign policy of the United States, US-Russia reůations, presidency of Barack Obama


PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslav Zukerstein



Research profile:

Topics: U.S. foreign and security policy after 1945, United States in the contemporary world

Disciplinary approach: history, political economy, theory of international relations, security studies

Geographic area: the United States, Iran, Middle East, globalized world

Other research interests:

U.S. foreign policy:

U.S. foreign policy in Europe, Iran and Middle East after WW2, concept of regime change in the U.S. foreign policy

American cultural imperialism, anti-Americanism in the world, human rights and democracy promotion, global governance

Transatlantic security and strategic studies:

United States and NATO, humanitarian intervention, strategic culture, new security agenda, emerging security threats, Copenhagen school

Critical theory and methodology in theory of international relations:

Marxism and neo-Marxism in international relations, Dependence theory, World-systems theory, neo-Gramscianism, Constructivism in international relations, Post-colonial studies, post-structuralism, Frankfurt school


Mgr. Jakub El-Ahmadieh



Research profile:

Topics: Foreign policy of the United States in the Middle East under extraordinary circumstances: Barack Obama´s aspirations and restraints

Disciplinary approach: international relations, political history

Geographic area: USA, Middle East

Other research interests: U. S. foreign policy in the Middle East, decision processes in the U. S. foreign policy, religion groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon


Mgr. Tereza Krauzová



Research profile:

Topics: transformation of the U. S. politics after 9/11, counter-terrorism, religion and religiosity in the U. S.

Disciplinary approach: political science, law

Geographic area: USA

Other research interests: right to privacy, surveillance


Mgr. Pavla Voborníková



Research profile:

Topics: Residential segregation of African Americans

Disciplinary Approach: History, Political Science, Urban Planning, Social Work, Sociology, Economics

Geographic area: USA

Other research interests: American housing policy



Mgr. Viktorie Mertová



Research profile:

Topic: Different Strategies of Contemporary African American Social Activism

Disciplinary approach: sociology, political science

Research interests: contemporary African American social activism, #BlackLivesMatter movement, minorities in the US society; presidential elections


Mgr. Zdeněk Král



Research profile:

Topics: political, electoral and party system in the U.S.; political philosophy; U.S: criminal justice system and its administration; homeland security, domestic terrorism and extremism

Disciplinary approach: political economics; political history; American government; political science; multidisciplinary

Geographic area: The United States of America

Research interests:


Political, Electoral and Party System in the U.S.:

American political system, its development, mechanisms and stability; American government; electoral systems; major and minor U.S. political parties; the U.S. Constitution and civil liberties


Political Philosophy:

American political philosophies and their development; philosophy of American political parties; influence on European political philosophy and vice versa


U.S. Criminal Justice System:

political aspects of U.S. criminal law—federal, state and local; criminal law and legal process, policing and law enforcement, courts and judicial system, correctional system; the War on Drugs


Homeland Security, Domestic Terrorism and Extremism:

homeland security; cyber-security; domestic terrorism and violent extremism; political aspects of counter-terrorism measures and their impact on civil liberties



Mgr. Ivana Radová



Research profile:

Topics: U.S. foreign and security policy, US-Russia security relations

Disciplinary approach: international relations

Geographic area: US, NATO, Russia

Research interests: US foreign and security policy since the end of Cold War with the focus on the presidencies of G. W. Bush and B. Obama, US - Russia post-Cold War relations