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Prague Faculty

Anglo-American University (AAU) is a premier partner institution of CEA. Accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, AAU boasts a diverse faculty experienced in international education and working with an equally diverse student population.

Katarina Svitkova

Dr. Katarína Svítková

Vice-Provost for Student Affairs
Chief Accreditation Liaison

Katarina currently serves as the Vice-Provost for Student Affairs, Vice President and Accreditation Liaison Officer. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the Center for Research and Graduate Studies – Economic Institute (CERGE-EI) in Prague. She graduated from Mathematics and Management from Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics at Comenius University (Slovakia).

Katarina's research is focused on economics of non-profit organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility, charitable giving, employee loyalty, theory of incentives, and contracts. Prior to her position at AAU Katarina worked as researcher at the Economic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She continues to publish articles, presents at conferences, and contributes to books on her topics. Katarina teaches Intro to Microeconomics and Organizational Theory and Design.

Dr. Douglas Shields Dix

Dr. Douglas Shields Dix

History & Theory of Culture, Film Studies, Philosophy, Social Theory

Douglas Shields Dix is an American who has resided in the Czechlands for twenty years. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Philosophy and English from the University of Colorado (Boulder), earning his Masters' Degree and Ph.D. in Critical Theory at the English Department of the University of Washington (Seattle). In September 1989, he received a Fulbright Professorship to Brno, Czechoslovakia, witnessing and participating in the Velvet Revolution, and receiving two more years of Fulbright support to enable him to continue supporting academic reform during the post-communist transition period. In 1993 he received his Habilitation in the History and Theory of Culture at Masaryk University in Brno, and founded and directed an institute dedicated to academic reform—the International Institute of Intercultural Studies, which operated in the Czechlands from 1993–1998. For the past decade he has been teaching at Anglo-American University.

Robert Horvitz

Robert Horvitz

Twentieth Century Art

Robert Horvitz was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (USA) and studied art at Yale University. Upon completion of his B.A. degree he was hired by Yale to teach drawing. From there he went on to teach courses in contemporary art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and studio art at Phillips and Abbott Academies.

In the 1970s he was a regular contributor of feature articles to Artforum magazine, writing about artists like Chris Burden, Alan Sonfist and Alan Sondheim. He was Art Editor of the Whole Earth publications from 1977 until 1991 when he moved to Prague.

Horvitz has exhibited his drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, the Akron Art Institute and elsewhere.

Pavla Jonssonová

Dr. Pavla Jonssonová

Contemporary Czech Culture, Gender Studies

PhDr. Pavla Jonssonová teaches urban anthropology for Anglo-American University in Prague and Charles University ECES. She was a recipient of a Fulbright research scholarship (UC Santa Cruz, 1997) and a collaborator with the Creative Writing program of Naropa University. She is a founding member of Zuby nehty, a women's rock band with five albums. Her research interests include surveying the semiotic battle in contemporary culture and society, tracing avant-garde roots in current expressions of literature, music, theatre, film, art, and mapping local subcultures. Pavla Jonssonová's publications include essays, interviews, poetry and translations.

Courses taught by Pavla include:

  • Subcultures: Lifestyles, Literature, Music
  • A Thousand Years of Czech Literature: From Kosmas to Kundera
  • Gender Equality in Europe
Chris Montoni

Chris Montoni

Medieval History, Art and Architecture

Chris Montoni is an American professor specializing in medieval studies, monasticism, Prague history and culture, and art. After graduating from Plymouth State College with a bachelor degree in Medieval Studies, he continued his education in Central Europe at Charles University in Prague and Central European University in Budapest. His teaching experience includes Prague Art and Architecture at Prague Center for Continuing Education, Prague for Medievalists at Central European University, and various courses at Charles University. Since 2003 he is a licensed tour guide providing walking tours of Prague as well as excursions to regional historical sites for tourists and visiting student groups.

Tony Ozuna

Tony Ozuna

Writing, Art & Politics

Tony Ozuna is an American (from California), though he has been living in Prague since the early 1990s. At that time he worked as editor-in-chief and co-founder of Yazzyk Magazine, an English language literary and arts publication which focused on contemporary Czech fiction and poetry in translation. He studied politics with an emphasis on Public Policy for an M.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and after finishing that program he worked as an academic researcher for the California Policy Seminar (UC Berkeley) and research assistant at UCSB for a project on Mass Media and Hispanic Politics. He earned his B.A. degree in Politics from the University of California, Irvine. He joined the faculty of Anglo-American University in 1995 as a Composition (Academic Writing) lecturer, and then began working in administration in 1998 as Coordinator of the School of Humanities. His teaching experience also includes Academic Writing for Ph.D. students at CERGE-EI, the Center for Economic Research & Graduate Education, of Charles University. He is currently Associate Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

As well, Tony is a regular contributor to a number of publications including Umelec International, a Prague-based arts magazine which publishes in four languages (Czech, English, German, and Spanish), the Prague Post, and the New Presence, a Prague-based political quarterly on Central European affairs, contributing texts on art and politics. Most recently, he curated a contemporary art exhibit in southern Bohemia with more to come in the future.

Milada Polišenská

Dr. Milada Polišenská

History of Central and Eastern Europe

Milada Polišenská is the Provost of AAU. She obtained her doctorate in history from the Charles University (Czech Republic). Her professional experience prior to AAU includes working at the Archives of the Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry, the Institute of International Relations, and the Institute for Contemporary History. She's held several visiting teaching positions at universities in the U.S. and Taiwan.

Prof. Polisenska's research focus is in diplomacy and international relations within the context of modern and contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe, and issues of national identity and nationalism. She has authored numerous studies, articles, and published books on Czechoslovaks in the Gulag and Czechoslovak diplomacy 1945–1953 (2006) and recently on the forgotten ‘enemy' Josef Josten and Free Czechoslovakia Information in the context of Czechoslovak–British diplomatic relations 1948–1985 (2009).

Dr. Kateřina Průšová

Kateřina Průšová

Prague Art and Architecture

Kateřina studied Art History at the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the Charles University (Prague), where she obtained her Mgr. and PhDr. degrees. She has worked at diverse art galleries in Prague and Paris (Paul Prouté S.A, Old Master etchings and drawings). She has also been awarded different scholarships and internships in France (BNF Paris, Montpellier) and Italy (Perugia).

Kateřina is a lecturer for several study abroad programs in Prague, such as the Charles University (International Studies Abroad) and the Dartmore Institute for Central European Studies. She is also a lecturer at the National Gallery in Prague, Collection of Old Masters (St. Agnes Monastery, Sternberg Palace).

Her fields of interest include late medieval French art as she specializes in French and Flemish manuscript illumination, medieval painting in Bohemia, baroque architecture in Rome, Paris and Bohemia and contemporary sculpture and painting.

Dr. Irena Jindřichovská

Dr. Irena Jindřichovská

Originally from the Czech Republic, Dr. Irena Jindřichovská is part of AAU's full-time faculty team in the School of Business Administration.

Irena earned her Ph.D. from the University of Economics, Prague (Czech Republic). She has lectured at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the University of Buckingham (UK), where she was also a program director for a Master's program in finance and accounting.

Courses taught by Irena include:

  • Money and Banking
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Governance
Dr. David Lipka

Dr. David Lipka

Dr. David Lipka is the Dean of the School of International Relations and Diplomacy. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Economics, Prague (UEP). Prior to his position at AAU he worked as a director for research at the Liberalni institute for six years and later chaired the Department of Institutional Economics at UEP. He is a fellow with the International Center for Economic Research in Turin.

David's research focus is in political economy, philosophy of economics, and philosophy of society. He has been teaching in the areas of comparative social systems, economic transition, and political economy on undergraduate and graduate level in the Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, and China.

Dr. Pelin Ayan Musil

Dr. Pelin Ayan Musil

Dr. Pelin Ayan Musil chairs the department of Political Science and International Relations at the School of International Relations and Diplomacy. She obtained her Master of Arts from Central European University (Hungary) and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Bilkent University (Turkey). During her Ph.D. studies she visited the Department of Government at Georgetown University Washington D.C.) as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher.

Pelin's current research focuses on comparative democratization, political parties, social movements, and politics of Turkey and the EU enlargement. She co-directed the research project “Public Portrayal of Turkey in Visegrad Countries” in 2012-2013. Besides numerous articles she authored the book Authoritarian Party Structures and Democratic Political Setting in Turkey (2011).

Courses taught by Pelin include:

  • Introduction to Politics I & II
  • Political Parties and Party Systems
  • Democratization
  • Social Science Research Methods (Both bachelors and masters)
Marek Hudík<

Marek Hudík

Marek earned his Ph.D. from the University of Economics (Czech Republic). He has been a visiting scholar at Shanghai University (China) and a research fellow at the Mises Institute (Ala.), the Institute of Economic Policy (Germany), and the International Center for Economic Research (Italy). Since 2012 Dr. Hudík has also been working at the EU Economic Policy Coordination Unit at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. His research interests include decision theory, game theory, epistemology, and history of economic thought.

Ivana Schmidtova

Ivana Schmidtova

Ivana completed her Pharmacy Doctor and later Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Charles University (Czech Republic). She gained broad managerial experience, especially in the area of Human Resources, in one of the largest global pharmaceutical corporations. She has brought extensive business and leadership experience, including local and international assignments.

At AAU, Dr. Schmidtova teaches courses of Human Resources Management, Introduction to Management, Organizational Behavior, Industrial Psychology, and Psychology for Managers. Dr. Schmidtova serves also as a Counselor in AAU's Career, Personal Development & Psychological Counseling which is available for students and staff.

Peter Bolcha

Peter Bolcha

Dean of SBA

is the Dean for the School of Business Administration, where he also teaches Introduction to Microeconomics and Introduction to Econometrics. He earned both his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Economics (Czech Republic). His research interests are connected with empirical economics and applied econometrics for academic and non-academic purposes. Dr. Bolcha has published articles on topics related to investment incentives and methods of evaluation of government policies. Next to academic activities, he has been working on projects with major institutions and companies like Czech Railways, RWE, and the Ministry of Trade.

Eva Eckert

Prof. Eva Eckert

Prof. Eva Eckert is a professor at the School of Humanities, International Relations and Diplomacy, and Chair of Languages and Intercultural Communication Department at AAU. She teaches Intercultural Communication, Language and Power, Psychology of Language and Mind, and Russian.

She earned her Master of Arts at the University of Michigan, in Slavic Languages and Literatures and her Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. She taught and earned research grants at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Trinity University (Texas) prior to her tenure at Connecticut College from 1990 to 2010 where she earned Professorship in 2003.

She acted as chair of Slavic Studies for ten years, coordinated a minor in Linguistics, and developed a Study Away-Teach Away semester in Prague that she led four times. She's presented papers, organized and chaired panels at the annual conferences of the American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, and Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences throughout the world. In 2012 she was a Visiting Professor at the Hankuk University for Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea.

In research Eckert has published on migration, minority, and immigrant languages, language contact and shift, and most recently on language planning in relation to Romani. Her scholarship has been interdisciplinary and spanned sociolinguistics, grammar, and history.

She's published three books Stones on the Prairie: Acculturation in America, Kameny na prérii: Čeští vystěhovalci v Texasu [Stones on the Prairie: Czech Immigrants in Texas], and Varieties of Czech: Studies in Czech Sociolinguistics.

Her articles appeared in journals such as Journal of Slavic Linguistics, Current Issues of Language Planning, Český lid, Dějiny a současnost and edited volumes. She earned grants from Fulbright-Hays U.S. Dept. of Education, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, Connecticut College, and the Visegrad Fund.

Courses taught by Eva include:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Russian Language
  • Language and Power
Teresa Tipton

Dr. Teresa Tipton

Dr. Teresa Tipton is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, Contemporary Art, and Communication in the Humanities, Society, and Culture program at AAU.

She received her doctorate from Charles University (Czech Republic) on teaching visual culture through semiosis and has a background in teaching visual arts education from pre-school to adult learners; whole systems design, curriculum development, and fine arts practice. Dr. Tipton is recognized in the U.K.'s 2013 Who's Who in Research for Cross-Cultural Research in the Visual Arts.

An experienced teacher, trainer, and consultant, she has been responsible for the development and support for new models of educational practice for the past thirty years, including EU-funded grants standardizing teacher education for European certification, and Comenius Life-Long Learning teaching citizenship education through the digital arts.

Her publications investigate interdisciplinary processes of visual knowledge production using diverse intervisual modalities, reflective practice and dialogic communication strategies. Her current research addresses the role of knowledge production and creativity in public institutions and the role of visual arts education in the cultural development of communities.

Recent publications explore the influence of mass media inscriptions and on the social forms of knowledge through identity discourses with primary and tertiary students. She has participated in the design and development of critical arts university-to-museum-to-school education programs and has been a successful grant writer, facilitating the funding of educational, cultural, and art projects in the U.S. and abroad for twenty-five years.

She worked as a Curriculum Specialist, Outcomes Assessment Consultant, and Faculty In-Service Trainer for Seattle-area Community College Districts for ten years, and was trained in alternative dispute resolution through the Community Boards.

She worked as a facilitator with groups and organizations using a systems design model and served as Educational Consultant for King County's Cultural Education Program. Helping schools develop and monitor arts-in-education grant projects as a visual artist, she conducted extensive arts-in-education residencies for in-school and after-school programs in Seattle. A lifelong community volunteer and activist, she is an advocate for the central role of the arts in communities and educational practice.

Teresa teaches courses on visual art, including Prague Art and Architecture, and Visual Culture.