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CHID Prague Program Director
Associate Professor of History
Chair, Department of Gender Studies, Charles University

Education and Promotions:

Docent (Associate Professor) of history, 2013
Pardubice University, Czech Republic

Ph.D. in History, 2002
University of Washington, Seattle

M.A. in History, 1996
University of Washington, Seattle

B.A. in History, 1994 (Summa cum Laude)
California State University, Sacramento

B.c. in Geography, 1992
Charles University in Prague, School of Natural Sciences



Rainbow Life under the Red Star: State Appoaches to Sexuality and Non-Heterosexual Lives in Communist Czechoslovakia (forthcoming 2015).

Cultural Politics of Ethnicity: Discourses on the Roma in Communist Czechoslovakia (Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, 2008).

Gender and Generation: Interdisciplinary Intersections and Perspectives, ed. with Katerina Kolarova. (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2007).

Research Articles:

"State Approaches to Homoseuxality and Non-Heterosexual Lives in Czechoslovakia during State Socialism". In Expropriated Voice: Transformations of Gender Culture in State-Socialist Czechoslovakia, ed. by Hana Havelkova and Libora Oates-Indruchova. (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), pp. 82-109.

"Strategies of Inclusion and Shifting Attitudes torwards Visibility in the Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Discourse in the Czech Republic after 1989." (together with Simona Fojtova). In Queer Visibility in Post-socialist Cultures, ed. by Narcisz Fejes and Andrea P. Balogh. (Chicago and Bristol: Intellect Books, 2013), pp. 105-129.

"Rainbow Mosaic: Czechoslovak Sexology and "Gay" and "Lesbian" Oral History in Communist Czechoslovakia", in Gender, Equal Opportunities, Research, 2012, Vol. 13, No. 2: 28-40.

"Father, Father and Child: Gay Men and Parenthood in the Czech Republic." In The Czech Sociological Review, 2009, Vol. 45, No.1: 1-31.

"Trasformazioni di genere. Etnografia della sessualita e degli studi queer/LGBT nella Repubblica Ceca." ("Gender Transformations: Ethnography of sexuality and queer/LGBT studies in the Czech Republic." Translated by Andrea Trovesi.) In eSamizdat VI (2): 2008.

"Gender and Generation in Mutual Perspective." (together with Katerina Kolarova). In Gender and Generation: Interdisciplinary Intersections and Perspectives, Katerina Kolarova and Vera Sokolova, eds. (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2007): 1-20.

"Today is the Last Day of the Past: Christa Wolf and the Memories of National Socialism." In Rocenka Katedry genderových studií 05/06, Blanka Knotková-Capková, ed. (Praha: FHS UK, 2007): 125-153.

"Koncepcni pohled na "sexualni mensiny" aneb vse je jen otazka spravne orientace..." [A Conceptual Approach to "Sexual Minorities" or Everything is Just a Matter of the Right Orientation...]. In Hana Haskova, Alena Krizkova and Marcela Linkova, eds. Mnohohlasem: Vyjednavani zenskych prostoru po roce 1989. (Prague: Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2006): 253-266.

"Identity Politics and the (B)Orders of Heterosexism: Gays, Lesbians and Feminists in the Czech Media after 1989." In Jirina van Leuween, ed. Mediale Welten in Tschechien nach 1989: Genderprojektionen und Codes des Plebejismus. (München : Kubon und Sagner, 2005): 29-44.

"Planned Parenthood Behind the Curtain: Population Policy and Sterilization of Romani Women in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1972-1989." In The Antropology of East Europe Review Vol. 23/1. Spring 2005: 79-98. Reprinted in Changes in the Heart of Europe: Recent Ethnographies of Czechs, Slovaks, Roma, and Sorbs, Timothy McCajor Hall and Rosie Read, eds. (Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, 2006): 139-172.

"Voluntary Invisibility? Visual Arts and Lesbian Identity." In Umelec: International Artist - Journal for Contemporary Art and Culture 1/2005: 14-18.

"Victims or Perpetrators?: Gender and Historiographical Debates on the Role of Women in Nazi Germany." In Blanka Knotkova-Capkova, ed. Rocenka Katedry/Centra genderových studií 2004 (Prague: FHS UK, 2004): 114-137.

"'Don't Get Pricked!': Representation and the Politics of Sexuality in the Czech Republic." In Sibelan Forrester, Elena Gapova and Magdalena Zaborowska, eds. Over the Wall/After the Fall: Post-Communist Cultures through an East-West Gaze. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004): 251-267.

"'A co deti?...' Gay a lesbické rodicovstvi: homofobie a genderove stereotypy v ceske spolecnosti." [And What About Children?... Gay and Lesbian Parenthood, Homophobia and Gender Stereotypes in Czech Society]. In Lenka Formankova a Kristyna Rytirova, eds. ABC feminismu. (Brno: Nesehnuti, 2004): 81-96.

"Soucasne trendy feministickeho mysleni." [Contemporary Trends in Feminist Thought]. In Lenka Formankova a Kristyna Rytirova, eds. ABC feminismu. (Brno: Nesehnutí, 2004): 199-213.

"'Moje telo je ONA': Apriles 2003 a politika ženského/lesbického tela." [My Body is SHE: Apriles 2003 and the Politics of Women's/Lesbian Body]. In Souvislosti: revue pro literaturu a kulturu. Homosexualita v kulture 4/2003: 80-95.

Leila J. Rupp, Vytouzena minulost: laska a sexualita mezi osobami stejneho pohlavi v Americe od prichodu Evropanu po soucasnost (Prague: One Woman Press, 2002.) Translation from an English original: A Desired Past: A Short History of Same-Sex Love in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999).

"Zadny prostor pro nudu." [No Space for Boredom]. A Book Review of Jyl Lynn Felman, Never a Dull Moment: Feminism Takes Center Stage; Teaching and the Art of Performance . (New York: Routledge, 2001.) In Cargo: casopis nove etnografie, 4:10 (February 2002).

"Representations of Homosexuality and the Separation of Gender and Sexuality in the Czech Republic Before and After 1989." In Ann Katherine Isaacs, ed. Political Systems and Definitions of Gender Roles. (Pisa, Italy: Edizione Plus,Universita di Pisa, 2001): 273-290.

"The Black Triangle: The Contested Terrain of Holocaust Historiography and the Romani Perspective." In Jaroslav Balvin et al., ed., Romove a majorita (Kladno: Hnuti R.,1999): 48-76.

Critical Essays and Polemics:

"Proc porad ten strach?: Nebezpeci diskurzivni homofobie." [Why Still the Great Fear?: the Dangers of Discursive Homophobia]. In Lidove noviny (March 23, 2006).

"Feministicka pedagogika: ambiciozni projekt zmeny ceskeho skolstvi." [Feminist Pedagogy: An Ambitious Project of Change in Czech Educational System]. In Blanka Knotkova-Capkova, ed. Rocenka Katedry/Centra genderovych studii 2004 (Praha: FHS UK, 2004): 11-13.

"Nepovedená kolaz CT: Homosexualni karneval-heterosexisticky parlament". [Unsuccessful Collage of the Czech TV: Homosexual Carneval and Heterosexist Parlament]. In Britske listy (2.10.2003).

"Shifting the Terms of Debate: Transformations of Feminism in the Czech Republic." In New Presence: Journal for East Central European Politics (Summer 2000): 31-33.

"The Hidden Face of Culture: Reflections on the Dangers of the Concept of Culture and Roma Emancipation in Central and Eastern Europe." In Collage: Quarterly of the Czech Helsinki Human Rights Committee 10:1 (Fall 1999): 9-15.

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

* Humanities Research Grant for a Research Project "Rainbow Life under a Red Star", School of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, 2008
* Ford Foundation Developmental Grant for the Institutionalization of Gender Studies at Charles University in Prague, 2000-2006 (Grant Coordinator)
* Pearl Resnick Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies USHMM, Washington D.C., 2003-2004 (Declined)
* Woodrow Wilson Residential Research Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., Summer 2002
* Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, New School University, New York, Spring 2002
* Rondeau Evans Dissertation Fellowship, University of Washington, 2000-2001
* Open Society Fund Translation Grant: English - Czech (Leila J. Rupp A Desired Past: A short History of Same-Sex Love in America, University of Chicago Press, 1999), 2000-2001
* SSRC (Social Science Research Council) IDRF Dissertation Fellowship, 1999-2000
* Chester Fritz Dissertation Fellowship, UW, 1999
* Aldon Duane Bell Award in Women's History, UW, 1998
* AWSS (Association of Women in Slavic Studies) Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, 1998
* Thomas Power Award for Outstanding Graduate Essay in History - Honorable Mention, UW, 1998
* Summa cum Laude, CSUS, 1994
* Golden Key Honor Society, 1994
* Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, 1994
* Dean's Honor List, CSUS, 1993 and 1994

University Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor of History and Chair,
Department of Gender Studies
School of Humanities, Charles University in Prague
2003 - present

Program Director and Lecturer
CHID Study Abroad Program in Prague
University of Washington, Seattle
1996 - present (Director of the program since 2002)

Visiting Professor
Center for Audiovisual Studies, FAMU in Prague
Fall 2003

Visiting Professor
Department of History
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Fall 2002

Assistant Professor of History
Center for Gender Studies and Department of History
School of Philosophy, Charles University in Prague
1999 - 2002

Teaching Assistant and Lecturer
Departments of History; Comparative History of Ideas (CHID); Women's Studies; Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Washington, Seattle

Other Academic and Professional Acitivities:

- Member of the Governmental Committee for Sexual Minorities of the Government of the Czech Republic (2007-)
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Academic Journal Gender, Equal Opportunities, Research (2008-)
- Member of COHA - Czech Association of Oral History (2007-)
- Member of the Academic Board of Gender Studies (2000-)
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Academic Journal Lidé/Mesta (2004-2007)
- Member of the Production Team of a TV cultural magazine of the Czech TV LeGaTo (2003-2004)
- Member of the American Historical Association
- Member of the Association of Women in Slavic Studies