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

Votruba is the Head of our Slovak Studies Program, the only one of its kind in the United States.


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