Ekaterina Ananyeva

Ekaterina Ananyeva

Ananyeva is a recent Ph.D. graduate with four years of teaching experience at Charles University, Anglo-American University and West Bohemian University. Before moving to the Czech Republic, she gained a truly international education, having studied in Germany and the United Kingdom. These experiences helped her to understand students’ needs better, and thus, create and run more engaging classes. Her academic interests comprise multilateral institutions, Russian foreign policy, content and sentiment analyses.



Dr. Radoslav Blaho is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. His current research is on antisocial behaviour in the online environment and psychosocial attributes linked with cancer treatment and bone marrow transplantation. His academic interests include social and school psychology, moral psychology, psycho-oncology and psychotherapy. Recently he has also worked as a psychologist in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the National Institute of Children’s Diseases in Bratislava and has participated in psychotherapy training.


Dr. Petra Chovancová works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava. She has completed her PhD studies in the Department of Cultural Theory at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. During her research career she has cooperated with the Oral History Center, which is part of the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. Her research focus includes oral history, social and cultural anthropology, the history of Slovak cultural identity, cultural geography, and gender studies.


Dr. Jan Čapek is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administration at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, where he teaches macroeconomics and international economics in Master’s degree programmes. His research interests include macroeconomic policy evaluation and macroeconomic forecasting. He has been participating in several research projects funded by the Czech Science Foundation and has published in renowned international journals such as International Journal of Forecasting, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Oxford Economic Papers.

Nils Droste

Nils Droste is an associate senior lecturer in environmental politics at the Department for Political Science, deputy theme leader in the strategic research area on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate (BECC), and fellow at the Center for Innovation Research (CIRCLE) at Lund University. His research focusses on multi-level government, land use policies, conservation on private and public lands, and green economy transitions. He is a methodological pluralist and enjoys teaching.



FEBRUARY 14, 2020: Elon President Emeritus Leo M. Lambert and Peter Felten, the Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History, pose for a portrait for their upcoming book. (photo by Kim Walker)

Peter Felten is professor of history, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and assistant provost for teaching and learning at Elon University. During the 2022-2023 academic year, he has been named Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, at Carleton University in Ottawa. Peter has published six books about undergraduate education He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and also of the POD Network. He is on the advisory board of the National Survey of Student Engagement and is a fellow of the Gardner Institute, a foundation that works to advance equity, justice, and upward social mobility through higher education.


Cristiano Gianolla

Cristiano Gianolla is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, principal investigator of the UNPOP project and co-coordinator of the research groups Inter-Thematic group on Migrations and Alice – Epistemologies of the South. He teaches Democratic Theories and Institutions, Critical Intercultural Dialogue and researches democratic processes, populism, emotions, narratives and postcolonialism. 

Manuela Guilherme

Maria Manuela Guilherme is a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra since 2002. She was awarded a PhD degree in Education by the University of Durham, UK (2000) and completed a 2-year postdoctoral programme at the University of S. Paulo (2016). She has coordinated several international projects funded by the European Commission, from whom she was also awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie research fellowship (2014-2017).


Dr. Juraj Halas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Logic and the Methodology of Sciences at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, Bratislava. A philosopher of science by training, he teaches introductory courses in methodology, as well as seminars in the history and philosophy of social science. He is the author of two books and a handful of papers on the philosophy of science.


Mária Havelková earned her PhD in Administrative law from Comenius University in 2018. As a deputy director at the Institute for Clinical Legal Education, Maria leads practice-based courses such as the Student Legal Counsel or NGO Clinic. Since 2021, she has been a member of the Appeals Commission for Civil Matters at the Ministry of Justice (Slovakia). In 2022, she received a Fulbright scholarship for research and teaching at the California Western School of Law in San Diego where she studied the right to legal aid and ways to promote pro bono activities among young lawyers.


Igor Hron is a PhD candidate at the Department of Legal History and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava. His research focuses on comparative aspects of intellectual property and its historical roots. He has been involved in teaching courses such as History of Private Law, Private Comparative Law, and Legal Skills. Additionally, he coaches international moot court teams representing the Faculty abroad.


Daniela Irrera

Daniela Irrera is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, where she serves as Erasmus coordinator, deputy Director for Internationalisation and Research, and vice-coordinator of the PhD program in Political Sciences. She is Visiting Professor of Political Violence and Terrorism at the OSCE Academy, Bishkek. She is a member of the ECPR Executive Committee and also a chair of the ECPR standing group International Relations.


Tamara Kolarić is an Assistant Professor in Social Sciences with the School of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University. She taught the course Screening the 90s: Politics, Memory and Film in the Post-Yugoslav Countries at Bard College Berlin, where she was the Global Teaching Fellow for the 2019/2020 academic year.



Dr. Stanislava Kuzmová is a researcher in the Department of Slovak History at the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava, where she teaches courses on medieval history for Slovak and international students. She specializes in the late medieval history of the Central European region with a focus on interdisciplinary study of religiosity, saints’ cults, hagiography, preaching and manuscript codices. She is the author of the monograph Preaching Saint Stanislaus: Medieval Sermons on Saint Stanislaus of Cracow, His Image and Cult (Warsaw: DiG, 2013). After completing her doctoral studies at the Central European University in Budapest, she contributed to international collaborative projects at Central European University and the University of Oxford before returning to Bratislava.

Frederik Lassen

Frederik Lassen is a liquid artivist, set designer and mobilizer. He is a curator for immersive content for international festivals and a creative producer of virtual reality experiences. He holds an MSc from the IT University of Copenhagen where the interest in tech and philosophy ignited, and he is a former professional football player deeply fascinated by performing arts. Favorite PoN skill sets: Diplomat and Moralist.


Gorana Misic

Gorana Mišić received her PhD in Public Policy from Central European University in 2018 and currently is a Learning Innovation Officer at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. She is experienced in academic development, education management, teaching and research in the field of public policy, anti-corruption, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She taught PhD courses related to foundations in teaching in higher education, creating a teaching portfolio, facilitating discussions, and experiential learning. In Public Policy, Gorana has taught MA and BA courses related to policy process and analysis, accountability of political parties, corruption control, public management, critical inquiry and contemporary social problems, and comparative public budgeting.


Ina Moller

Ina Möller is a political scientist and postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She specializes in environmental governance and complex systems, focusing on the social dynamics between climate science and policy making. Her research focuses on emergence of climate geoengineering as a new type of solution towards climate change, and the mechanisms by which it transformed from a taboo into a global governance object.


Tobias Nowak is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Law and at the University College of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He studied sociology, political science and law in Germany and the Netherlands. He has been teaching courses on EU politics and international relations to international and home students for several years. He has received the Fellowship for Innovative Teaching grant from the University of Groningen for the Calling Brussels project. When not teaching or publishing about this teaching project, he does research on political decision-making in the EU and on the application of EU law in the courts of the member states.



Dr. Zuzana Obertová obtained her PhD degree in Slavic studies at Comenius University in Bratislava, where she is currently working as a teacher and scholar. She is instructor in courses including Polish Literature, Polish Language and Culture, and Polish-Slovak Translation Exercises. Her academic interests include Polish-Slovak literary relations, translations studies, and didactics of Polish as a foreign language. Her studies have appeared in journals Przekłady Literatur Słowiańskich, Slovenská literatúra, and Chuzhdoezikovo obuchenie-Foreign Language Teaching. She is author of the workbook Polish Language for Beginners (Comenius University, 2021) and co-author of Słownik frazeologiczny z ćwiczeniami dla uczących się języka polskiego jako obcego (Wydawnictwo Rys, 2021).

Claudia Carvalho

Cláudia Pato de Carvalho is a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra. She conducts research in several national and international projects related to cultural practices and participation, cultural values and community participation through arts and culture. Her main interests are cultural participation, action-research and knowledge co-production. She teaches Critical Intercultural Dialogue and Applied Sociology. 


Gabriela Pleschová leads the Centre for Scholarship and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava where she also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Pedagogical Sciences and Andragogy. She is a graduate of Oxford University (2012, MSc. in education) and the co-editor of the books Teacher Development in Higher Education: Existing Programs, Program Impact, and Future Trends (Routledge, 2013) and Early Career Academics’ Reflections on Learning to Teach in Central Europe (SEDA, 2018). In 2019, she was awarded a Principal Fellowship from the AdvanceHE.

Jakob Raffn

Jakob Raffn is a systems thinker and action-philosopher. He holds a BSc and MSc from the University of Copenhagen, and a PhD from Aarhus University. Here, the focus on tinkering with societies’ operating systems led him to academically develop, test and report on Politics of Nature. His current focus is on creating the next digital version of PoN and set up laboratories where new modalities of co-existence can emerge. Favorite PoN skill sets: Artist and Administrator.



Dr. Jakub Rajčáni is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava. In his research, he mainly focuses on stress, emotion regulation and cognitive processes. He is also active in the open science initiative in Slovakia (the Slovak Reproduciblity Network). He teaches general psychology, biological psychology and statistics courses.


Dr. Kristína Repová, Doctor of Medicine, is a Senior Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She completed her PhD in 2014 in normal and pathological physiology. Her research focuses on cardiovascular diseases, particularly hypertension, heart failure, novel trends in heart protection and cardiovascular drug-induced behavioural alterations. Her interests include innovations in teaching pathophysiology.



Alessandra Santoianni is a PhD candidate and teacher at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include civic and citizenship education, inclusion/exclusion dynamics in education, teachers’ beliefs, citizenship, and political participation. She is coordinating different Erasmus+ funded projects. Before her current position she worked as a project manager and youth worker in Grenoble at CEMEA, a progressive education movement.


Agnes Simon is a political scientist who works as an educational developer in the Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CPP) at Comenius University in Bratislava. She is passionate about teaching and committed to the skills development of higher education teachers and researchers. She focuses on curriculum development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, mentoring, and academic writing in English. She has co-edited the book Early Career Academics’ Reflections on Learning to Teach in Central Europe (2018).


Dr. Mária Stanková is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at Comenius University in Bratislava. She also works in the Faculty of Law, where she teaches rhetoric to doctoral students. Her primary research focus is on literary criticism, media linguistic and cultural journalism. As a teacher, she lectures about semiotics of media, semantics and pragmatics, and stylistics. She is also a proof-reader, writer, and occasional translator. She is a member of the editorial board for Dotyky, a magazine for youth literature and culture.


Terézia Švedová received her PhD in the theory and history of the state and law from Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law. She is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Legal History and Comparative Law. She has been teaching History of Private Law, Comparative Private Law and Historical Introduction to Comparative Law for first-year international students enrolled in a new English-language master’s programme at the Faculty of Law. She has also served as a supervisor in a clinical legal education programme using the principles of learning by doing.


Michal Uhrin works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ethnology, Faculty of Arts of Comenius University. He has done ethnographic research on religion and cooperation in the Slovak rural environment and mating preferences in urban environments. He has published articles focused on the relationship between kinship, religion, and the various formats of cooperation. His research has been framed by theoretical concepts of evolutionary and cognitive anthropology, focusing on theories related to religion, cooperation, and rituals.



Dr. Lenka Vargová works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Archive Studies and Museology at Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava, where she previously earned her PhD. degree in Museology and Cultural Heritage. In her research, she focuses mainly on the topics of museum education and interactive elements in museums and galleries, but also on material culture and daily life in the 20th century, primarily the topic of housing and household equipment.



Dr. Jana Výškrabková obtained a double degree in History and Slovak Language and Literature from the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava, where she recently completed her PhD in Studia Academica Slovaca, the Centre for Slovak as a Foreign Language. During her studies, she participated in the Erasmus+ programme studying at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Jyväskylä University, Finland. She focuses on specific features of language teaching and learning in the online environment. She teaches Slovak as a foreign language and a course in multilingual communication.


Fariborz Zelli is an associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Lund University. His major research interests include global environmental governance (in particular on climate change, biodiversity and forestry), the growing complexity among international institutions, and environmental peacebuilding. His book publications include Governing the Climate-Energy Nexus, Environmental Politics and Governance in the, the Encyclopaedia of Global Environmental Governance and Politics, a special issue of Global Environmental Politics on institutional fragmentation, and Global Climate Governance Beyond 2012.