Prof. PhDr. Petr Fiala, Ph.D.
Rector of Masaryk University, Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. After studying History and Czech language at Brno University (1983-1988) and undertaking unofficial studies in political philosophy (1984-1989) he worked successively as a historian, journalist and editor. After November 1989 he was instrumental in the establishment of Political Science at Masaryk University; he was Head of the Department of Political Science first at the Faculty of Arts (1993-1998) and then at the Faculty of Social Studies (1998-2002), and then led the newly-created Department of International Relations and European Studies (2002-2004). Between 1996-2004 he was Director of Masaryk University's International Institute of Political Science. From 2002 he was the deputy dean for international affairs and the PhD programme, and in 2004 he became Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies. Between 2002-2004 he was a member of the Czech Republic's Accreditation Commission, and is a member of numerous scientific councils and expert committees. Since 1993, he has been Chairman of the independent civic association Democracy and Culture Studies Centre. He focuses on comparative political science, political parties and interest groups, European politics and the political dimension of religion. Author, co-author and editor of a number of monographs and edited volumes, he has published more than a hundred papers in scholarly journals and books in the Czech Republic and abroad, and written dozens of popularising and educational texts. His most recent books include: Politické strany ve střední a východní Evropě (Political Parties in Central and Eastern Europe, with J. Holzer, M. Strmiska and others, Brno 2002), Rozšiřování ES/EU (EU expansion, editor, with M. Pitrová), Partie i systemy partyjne Europy Środkowej (Parties and Party Systems in Central Europe, editor, with A. Antoszewski, R. Herbut and R. Sroka, Wroclaw 2003), Katholizismus in der Tschechischen Republik (Brno 2004), Katolická sociální nauka a současná věda (Catholic Social Teaching and Contemporary Science, editor with J. Hanuš and J. Vybíral, Brno/Prague 2004), Perspektivy Evropské unie (EU Perspectives, editor, with S. Balík a F. Mikš, Brno 2004), and Die Verborgene Kirche (with J. Hanuš, Paderborn 2004).
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