Associate Professor Samuel Abrahám, PhD.
Born and grew up in Bratislava and emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Canada in 1980. While in Canada, he studied International Relations at the University of Toronto (BA 1988) and at Carleton University in Ottawa where he obtained MA (1990) in Soviet and East European Studies and subsequently also at Carleton University PhD in Comparative Politics and Political Philosophy. He returned back in 1990 and helped to establish the first political science department in Slovakia at Comenius University in Bratislava where he for 14 years taught courses on political theory, comparative politics, and post-communist transformation. In 1996, he founded the Society for Higher Learning (SHL)/Výberový vzdelávací spolok (VVS), an institution which provided grants and supplementary education for gifted university students in Slovakia. In ten years of its existence, SHL had over 250 graduates. Also since 1996 until present, he is the publisher and editor-in-chief of journal Kritika & Kontext (www.kritika.sk) published in English and Slovak. In 1999, he became a member of Executive Board and currently is a member of Advisory Board as well as Board of Trustees of EUROZINE — an internet journal of European cultural magazines (www.eurozine.com). During 1996-2001 was representative in Slovakia of the Foundation Project on Ethnic Relations, based in Princeton, U.S.A., specializing in inter-ethnic conflicts. In 2009, he co-founder and has served as managing director of ECOLAS — European Consortium of Liberal Arts and Sciences which is a network of liberal arts schools and programs throughout Europe (www.ecolas.eu). In 2006, he founded has been the President/rector and Professor of Bratislava International School of Liberal Education (BISLA).