Martin Votruba

Senior Lecturer, Advisor for Slovak Studies minor

PhDr and PhD, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia

Diploma in English Studies (FS), University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Office: 1228 Cathedral of Learning

In memoriam

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our colleague Martin Votruba, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Pitt Slovak Studies Program (Slavic Department, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences).  Martin was an invaluable member of our department, a teacher, scholar, and friend. 

 Information on the memorial service for Martin will be available at a later time. Please check this site for updates, which we will post as soon as the plans are confirmed.



AATSEEL Excellence in Teaching (Post-Secondary), 2011

Courses Taught

Slovak, Czech, and Central European Cinema

Slovak Transatlantic Cultures

The Year Communism Crumbled

A Survey of Slovak History and Culture

Slovak language (all levels)


“Trends in 20th Century Slovak Filmmaking,” Slovakia 37

“Linguistic Minorities in Slovakia.” in: Linguistic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.; A Slovak-English Contrastive Grammar (revised ed. 2008); guest editor, KinoKultura, Special Issue 3: Slovak Cinema

“Hang Him High: The Elevation of Jánošík to an Ethnic Icon.” Slavic Review 65

“Comments on ‘Culture and Politics — Rivals or Allies?’” in: The Slovak Republic: A Decade of Independence.

“Historical and National Background of Slovak Filmmaking.” in: KinoKultura, Special Issue 3

Slovakia After the Velvet Revolution: A Tale of Two Intelligentsias.” Slavic Almanach 3

“Highwayman’s Life: Extant Documents about Jánošík.” Slovakia 39

Research Interests

Slovak studies — language, history, literature, culture

Slovak and West Slavic linguistics

Communism and its collapse in Central Europe