Internal Doctoral Students and Visiting Fellows

Velid Beganović is a Ph.D. student in the programme Literatures in English, studying under Associate Professor Michael Kaylor. He holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and an MA degree in Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest. His scholarly interests include modernist literature, gender and cultural studies, as well as social and literary theory. Both of his previous thesis projects have been either about or closely related to Virginia Woolf, as well as the literary life of London and Paris between the two World Wars. His doctoral research, too, follows this trajectory, though in a far more interdisciplinary fashion.
Outside academia, he writes (and publishes, incredible as it may seem) poetry and prose under the pseudonym V. B. Borjen. In 2012, he won the Mak Dizdar award with his first poetry collection. His work has appeared in several literary magazines in Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro and the US. He writes in Bosnian and English.

Jan Čapek — In his past, present, and future research, Jan focuses on the horror genre in fiction and film. He is especially interested in the horror genre as an expression of the anxieties of the human subject in the ever-increasingly complex and opaque reality of capitalism. Having taught and co-taught courses on sci-fi film, horror film, the work of H.P. Lovecraft, and literary and cultural theory, he is currently working toward finishing his dissertation on vampires through an intense theoretical engagement with French post-structuralist thought of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

Petra Fišerová’s dissertation project started out as literary analysis from the perspective of masculinity studies, only to be overtaken by a study of gender methodology in literary studies. Her specializations are feminist theory, masculinity studies, and dubbing translation (from her Mgr. program), and she hopes to add role-playing game theory as well as film and tv analysis. She’s a pragmatic person, except for that one time when she planned to finish her PhD in the allotted 4 years. She enjoys reading, writing, teaching university classes, and DMing roleplaying games.

Adéla Hájková is a student of a Ph.D. study program Literatures in English. She holds two MA degrees. The first MA degree was earned from the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University in 2013 and she also graduated in Teacher Training in English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in 2015. Both of her diploma theses were concerned with strong female literary characters and their different strategies of coping with patriarchal oppression. As a Ph.D. student, she is focusing on female transformations in A.S. Byatt’s short stories under the supervision of Professor Milada Franková.

Talal Victor Hawshar is a researcher pursuing an international dual Ph.D. (cotutelle) at Masarykova Univerzita and the Université de Lorraine. His main research centers on literary journalism, post-War American literature, and contemporary narratology. He is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation on authenticity as a mode of resistance against alienation in the works of Jack Kerouac, Joan Didion, and Hunter S. Thompson. He writes blog posts for the Arabic channel al-Mayadeen, and teaches English at the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at the Université de Lorraine in Nancy, France. He is an experienced drummer and dedicates his free time to music, hiking, and fiction writing.

Alexandra Koudelová Stachurová is a PhD student in Literatures in English. Her doctoral research investigates the use of metatheatrical devices as tools of political satire in the works of Thomas Middleton. She holds an MA in English language and literature and Classical archaeology. She enjoys travelling, sightseeing, walking trips, reading, and tasting new cuisines.


Dominika Kováčová — As a Ph.D. student of English linguistics at our department, Dominika is particularly interested in digital discourse, identity construction and multimodality. In her dissertation project, she explores the construction and performance of celebrity on Instagram while focusing on the self-presentation of fashion and lifestyle influencers. Dominika has presented the findings of her research at international conferences in Hong Kong, Poland and Hungary. Her work has been published in Internet Pragmatics and Academic Journal of Modern Philology. In her free time, she likes to observe the latest trends sweeping social media and draw new inspiration for future research.

Jiří Lukl studies English linguistics, particularly in the field of functional syntax and information structure, though his interests extend to semantics and cognitive linguistics as well. He earned both BA and MA degrees at Masaryk University in English Language and Literature and History. Jiří has been instructed mainly in the Brno tradition of functional syntax based on Jan Firbas’s concept of FSP, but he also focuses on theories and concepts of information structure of American, British and other linguists. His general goal is to search for common ground between the various theories. In addition to his research, Jiří co-teaches the courses of Historical Development of English and Introduction to Functional Syntax at the department, and is currently employed as a lecturer of English at the Theatre Faculty of JAMU. He is assistant to his supervisor, Associate Professor Jana Chamonikolasová.

Kristína Melišová holds an MA degree in English Language and Literature from Masaryk University. In her Ph.D. research under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Kaylor, she focuses on patronage and its role in connection to modernism. This is a continuation of her previous research on the Bloomsbury Group and the broader modernist milieu. This particular topic not only represents a confluence of literature, visual arts, aesthetics and biography, all of great interest to her, but also shines a light on the circumstances under which the works that influence our lives so thoroughly come into being.

Abigail Mokra — A fellow doctoral student of the Literatures in English program, Abbie originally hails from Abilene, Texas in the United States. A self-described deadpan, woodland, bookish whiskey-zealot, she spends most of her free time with her nose in a book, Lagavulin-in-hand, watching the seasons pass in her cottage by the Brno Reservoir. Abbie's areas of research interest include American modernist and postmodernist fiction and poetry; Russian romanticism, realism, and post-Soviet émigré and samizdat literature; and Czech(oslovak) romanticism, biedermeier, and samizdat literature. Her current dissertation project focuses on the works of J. D. Salinger, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Pynchon, Ken Kesey, Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, Stephen Chbosky, and Jeffrey Eugenides, among others, and psychoanalytic literary criticism. In addition to literature, Abbie also has an MA background in International Relations and EU studies.

Zdeňka Neumanová — I am a part-time doctoral student in Experimental and Applied Linguistics. My main research interests are error analysis and learner corpus research and in my dissertation I deal with grammatical errors in the speech of Czech university learners of English. My research interests include (but are not limited to) corpus linguistics, learner corpus research, error analysis, grammar, syntax, self-repair, EFL, SLA, etc.

Ivana Plevíková is a PhD candidate at the Department of English and American Studies whose current doctoral research studies the construction of dystopian worlds in Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction as well as focuses on a theoretical investigation of the ways in which dystopian stories transcend the boundaries of the literary and actively engage in the process of defamiliarization of the known and normalized in spheres such as politics, social criticism, and environmentalism. Her past research activities contained within both bachelor’s and master’s theses focused on the investigation of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and various processes of its adaptation and appropriation within non-literary fields, such as film, music, advertisement, and fashion. In writing these theses, she was interested in ways the adapted and appropriated works influence the contemporary perception of Lolita, whether the whole literary work or the sole mythical being of a girl, and consequently form a new cultural image of Nabokov’s novel. Besides her interest in literature, Ivana is a passionate photographer and an avid tea drinker.

Vladimir Srebnitskiy was born in the northernmost capital of culture in the world – Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he graduated from the English department of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the Herzen State Pedagogical University (bachelor honours degree). At his alma mater, he thus acquired both linguistic and teaching skills, yet he decided to enrich his knowledge of European intellectual traditions and found himself in a way smaller yet much sunnier city of Brno. He gained his master’s degree at the Department of English and American Studies of the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University and the charm of both the city and the department left him no other choice but to enrol as a doctoral student. Vladimir is currently focusing on cognitive linguistics and conceptual metaphor theory in particular, but he is also passionate about phonetics and literature, especially poetry. In addition to being an avid reader and a keen researcher, Vladimir writes poems himself (in English, Russian, Czech, French and Spanish). In his teaching career, he has been specialising in Legal English since 2017 and is presently cooperating with the Judicial Academy of the Czech Republic and the Judicial Academy of the Slovak Republic professing his love for English and sharing knowledge across borders.

Tereza Šmilauerová’s thesis concerns the intersections and influences of culture and religion in recent novels by Asian American women, however, her interests include also the mass media communication, public image creation and maintenance in American culture, and Christianity in the US altogether. She has a BA degree from English language and literature and from Mediterranean studies here, at Masaryk University, and a MA degree from Methodology of English language and literature, also from here. Among her many hobbies are reading vast range of literary works, cooking (anything from Japan, Korea, Vietnam…), handcrafting, or mentoring uni students.

Tereza Šplíchalová is a PhD student in English-Czech Translation Studies, studying under the supervision of professor Bohumil Fořt. Her research revolves around the interdisciplinarity of translation studies, be it in relation to narratology, applied linguistics or logic, and currently focuses on the interface between translation studies and fictional world theories. Tereza earned her BA and MA degrees at Masaryk University, ensuring that her soft spot for post-apocalyptic fiction accompanied her along the way. When she is not preoccupied with various ends of the world, she is freelancing in software localisation and audio-visual translation, or engaging her interest in art and technology.

Monika Večeřová — I earned my BA in International Territorial Studies at the Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies of Mendel University, and completed my MA degree in North-American Culture Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University. In the meantime, I spent one semester at Häme University of Applied Sciences in Finland studying International Business, and one semester at Keele University in the UK under the American studies programme. My dissertation project focuses on African American women protagonists in crime/hard-boiled fiction combined with trickster folk tales. Outside academia, I aim to be less lousy in playing ukulele and to learn Swedish, enjoy writing, beta reading, being in nature, or traveling (seeing Nicholas Hytner’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the highlight of my 2019), and am also interested in environmental issues and intersectional feminism.

Ivona Vrzalová (Schöfrová) graduated from Masaryk University with MA degree in English Language and Literature. She is currently a doctoral student in the programme Literatures in English under the supervision of doc. Michael Matthew Kaylor, PhD. Her research interests focus on William Blake and selected aspects of English Romanticism, as well as on Mysticism and Occult tradition of the era.
She is also the editor-in-chief of Theory and Practice in English Studies and co-organiser of FILOVER.

Iveta Žákovská — I am a full-term student of the doctoral degree programme English Linguistics at the DEAS. The areas of my academic interest are mainly conversation analysis, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, multimodality and language of media. In my dissertation project, I focus on “conversationalization” of TV news under the supervision of doc. Chovanec. Besides trying to pursue my research activities, I teach at a language school and occasionally translate into Czech. My moments of leisure are usually devoted to baking, reading and pastel drawing.​

Pavel Čanecký — I'm a PhD student in the programme English Linguistics and I specialize in phonetics and phonology under the supervision of Dr. Kateřina Tomková. I’ve been teaching the English language at the Technical University of Liberec since 2019. As an English teacher, I’ve always paid close attention to my students’ careful pronunciation. In the classroom, I believe in a practical approach supported by the use of modern technology. In my PhD project, I’m aiming to explore the exciting territory of Second Language Acquisition in relation to pronunciation and its possible applications in classroom practice. An integrally related objective of the project is to explore the applicability and usefulness of Computer Assisted Language Learning as a tool for helping learners improve both their perception and production of a second language. I guess the reason why I find my research appealing is because it is truly interdisciplinary and attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Adéla Červenková — Graduating with MA degrees in Portuguese Philology and Teaching English for Secondary Schools from Masaryk University, in my Ph.D. studies of Experimental and Applied Linguistics I am interested in peer classroom interaction, specifically repair sequences in English language lessons. Using conversation analysis, I examine the different interactional patterns the speakers employ to overcome any issues in their conversation. Combining research on interaction with methodology has helped me to work on my teaching skills and become a better teacher, as well as researcher.

Sarah Dobiášová — My postgraduate research in the area of English Linguistics is focused on metaphorical idioms in different varieties of English and the role of context in the production, comprehension and usage of such idioms. In general, I am interested in cognitive linguistics, lexicology and phraseology. Additionally, one of my newest research interests is concerned with Functional Discourse Grammar. Apart from my MA degree in English Language and Literature, I have also been awarded a BA Diploma in Teaching German as a Foreign Language at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University in Brno. My hobbies include reading, swimming, cycling and hiking.

Alena Gašparovičová has earned her MA degrees in English Language and Literature and Upper Secondary Teacher Training in English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in the programme Literatures in English. The focus of her research is the portrayal of female characters in literary works, especially in fairy tales. Outside of the department, she works as a freelance English teacher.

Katarína Havran is a Ph.D. student in the program Literatures in English, working under the supervision of Tomáš Kačer. She holds an MA degree in English and Spanish Language and Literature. She spent two semesters studying at the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin. Her research interests include American avant-garde theater, the off-off-Broadway scene, and the work of Latina/o writers and dramatists. Her dissertation focuses on the interplay of the visual and textual aspects of María Irene Fornés’s work.

Barbora Kotucz (Zuskinová) is a full-time PhD student carrying out literary research under the supervision of Professor Milada Franková. She received her BA and MA degree at Masaryk University, combining studies of Philosophy with English Philology at the Bachelor level, which were followed by single-subject studies of English with the focus on Literature during her Master’s studies at the Faculty of Arts. Her fascination in literature is mainly caused by endless contrast in both content and form of a literary work underlining ambiguities of everyday life, which can be perfectly seen in magical realism. Her dissertation thesis covers British magical realism, focusing primarily on the work of Angela Carter.

Nikola Kupčíková — I graduated from Masaryk University with a MA degree in Teaching English and Literature for Secondary Schools and as a Ph.D. student in Experimental and Applied Linguistics, I examine code-switching practices that teachers and students employ during whole-class interaction in English language lessons. Outside university, I teach English, learn Spanish and take care of plants that I gathered during the pandemic.

Denisa Krásná holds a Master's degree in North American Cultural Studies and continues to specialize on the American continents in her doctoral research. She focuses on Indigenous resistance literatures and artivism, decolonization, colonial gender violence, critical animal studies, vegan studies, and social and environmental justice. In her interdisciplinary dissertation, she explores the emerging framework of anarcha-Indigenism and decolonial animal ethic. Her case studies include Indigenous resistance movements in southern Mexico, Canada, and Hawaii. Besides English, she has written and translated in Spanish, Czech, and French, holds degrees in English and Spanish and is currently pursuing a French degree at the Open University of Scotland. She is an avid hiker and a rock climber.

Anna Mikyšková is a PhD student in the programme Literatures in English and her research focuses on popular theatre genres of the Restoration and early 18th-century period. She is also a member of a team of scholars who work on the project English Theatre Culture 1660-1737 whose aim is to publish the first anthology of Restoration drama in the Czech language. In 2019 Anna also gained a BA degree in the programme “Teaching German as a Foerign Language” at the Faculty of Education, MU. In her free time she leads the departmental students’ choir The Gypsywood Singers.

Tagrid Morad is a PhD student. She obtained her MS from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and MA from Ben-Gurion University. She is a member of the European Medical Writers Association. Her specialization is in medical communication. She published several articles in international medical journals, including International Journal of Child Health and Human Development and International Journal on Disability and Human Development. Her work has been also published in the book Bedouin Health: Perspectives from Israel. She presented her work in the fields of disability, literature and pharmacovigilance at international conferences. She has been selected to present her work on the Future of Medicine: The Voice of Medical Writers, at the Inventions and Innovations: Medicine 2040 Symposium. In her dissertation she focuses on creating a multi-dimensional model that assesses the available data in, out and of ethnographic autobiographies or other literary genres. Her recent article emphasizes the importance of ethnographic autobiographies to the scientific community. In 2020, she has been selected to present her research at the IABA World Conference, Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future, in Finland. She has been awarded the prestigious Aktion Österreich-Tschechien, AÖCZ-Semesterstipendien scholarship to conduct her research at the University of Vienna.

Krittaya Ngampradit is currently a lecturer teaching English as a foreign language and for academic purposes at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. She has published several articles in national and international journals. Her research efforts have focused on applying corpus linguistics to the study of language variations, with particular attention to the roles of Metadiscourse in academic discourse. Her doctoral dissertation and most recent research center on language variation across cultures, disciplines, and study degrees, with particular reference to markers of determinacy ‘metadiscoursal boosters’. In that area, her work has recently been confirmed for publication in the book titled Variation in Time and Space: Observing the World through Corpora (2020-2021) by De Gruyter.

David Ryška graduated with a master’s degree in English language teaching for secondary schools in 2020 and decided to stay a bit longer at the department, jumping straight into the new PhD programme of Applied and Experimental Linguistics. Besides English and DEAS, he is also currently finishing a master’s degree in teaching Czech for foreigners at Charles University in Prague and teaches corporate lessons of English and Czech at various companies in Brno. David is interested mainly in conversation and multimodal analysis, looking at various ways in which teachers of English communicate with their learners in the classroom and encourage them to speak.

Maria Šimková — I got my Master's degree in Linguistics and Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures at the Faculty of the Humanities of Moscow State Linguistic University. I am currently pursuing a PhD degree in English Linguistics at the Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University. My research interests include gender studies and discourse analysis with a special focus on masculine identities and new media discourse. My doctoral dissertation deals with the discursive means of construing microcelebrities' masculinities in the context of YouTube vlogs.

Daniela Šmardová received her bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology and English Language and Literature from Masaryk University. She continued her studies at the Faculty of Arts and earned her master’s degree in English Language and Literature. During her studies she spent a semester at Hendrix College in the United States. She is currently a full-time doctoral student working under the supervision of Professor Milada Franková. Her dissertation project explores the literary work of Jeanette Winterson and analyses ways in which it disrupts the traditional perception of the world. Outside of academia, she works as a preschool teacher and a teacher of English in a language school.

David Špetla is studying in the translation section under the supervision of Dr. Kamenická, and his domain of research is corpus-based translation studies. Being interested in the features that distinguish translations from non-translated texts, David investigates under- and overrepresented linguistic items in translation from English into Czech. He is also a student of the Japanese language, which he finds most fascinating. In his free time, he likes to read contemplative books while filling his insides with tea and listening to hairy dudes tormenting cats on their fiddles.

Jana Valová — I am a full-time doctoral student of the programme Literatures in English and my supervisor is Professor Milada Franková. My research focuses on the topic of ostracized characters in neo-Victorian literature, the motivation and significance behind contemporary revisitation of the 19th century, as well as the issue of defining this constantly expanding and developing genre. Besides my studies, I also teach English at a language school, occasionally translate texts and help with projects related to teaching. In my free time, I like going mushroom foraging, playing with my dog or watching interesting documentaries.

Stefan Veleski is a Ph.D. student in the Literatures in English program, under the supervision of doc. PhDr. Tomáš Pospíšil, Ph.D. His dissertation research deals with the factors behind the divergent cultural longevity of late Victorian novels, with a focus on bestsellers and canonical novels. His theoretical approach is informed by cultural evolution and biocultural criticism, while his methodology combines qualitative and quantitative, computational approaches to literature. His side projects include various applications of these theoretical and methodological approaches to other domains of cultural production, from contemporary action cinema to “creepypasta”.

Tereza Walsbergerová has a bachelor’s degree in Theory of Interactive Media and master’s degree in English Language and Literature. She writes her dissertation project on comedic takes on paranoia in postmodern American fiction, which means that she can talk anything from Cold War to Covid. In 2018, she was awarded the William J. Hlavinka Fellowship at Texas A&M University where she spent one year studying and working as a graduate assistant at their Department of English. Aside from her primary field, she is also interested in queer studies and fan studies. In her free time, she reads YA novels and writes quirky poetry.

Lenka Žárská has earned her BA and MA degrees at Masaryk University in English Language and Literature with both her theses focusing on contemporary British authors. Next to an English degree, she also holds BA in Dutch Language and Literature, where her main interest lay in sociolinguistics and dialectology. In an effort to connect the two studies, she now works on a dissertation examining the image of the Netherlands in the contemporary British novel, building on theories of stereotyping, nationality, and literary genre. Outside of academia, she is interested in translation and music.

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