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Athabasca University

Dr. Nina Paulovicova

Associate Professor, History
Centre for Humanities


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  • Office hours: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM (MST)


  • M.A. in History and English (University of Konstantin Philosopher, Nitra, Slovak Republic)
  • Ph.D. in History ( University of Alberta,  Edmonton, Canada)

Research Interests

  • Holocaust history and memory
  • 20th century Central Europe
  • history and politics of collective memory
  • Extreme right parties and movements in Central Europe
  • ethnic nationalism, transnationalism
  • structural and systemic racism
  • power politics of authoritarian regimes
  • identity politics
  • inclusion of heritage languages


Dr. Nina Paulovicova's area of expertise is Holocaust and genocide studies and 20th century and recent history of Central Europe. Her research focuses on the emergence of extreme right in Central Europe, politics of collective memory, power politics of authoritarian regimes, rescue, resistance, ethnic nationalism, transnationalism, identity, ethnicity and racism. Her individual and collaborative works have been presented and published in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, USA, and Canada. Dr. Paulovicova has taught several courses on the topics of World War II; memory of Holocaust, comparative genocide; Nazism and Stalinism. Her lectures and seminars targeted the interaction between the perpetrators and the victims; and the topic was examined against a wide range of themes such as nationalism, race, gender, collaboration, compliance / non-compliance, resistance, and rescue. Dr. Paulovicova published a monograph in Slovak whose English translation is Jewish Community in the history of Hlohovec (1938 – 1945): The Story through darkness. It broke the silence over the problematic Holocaust past in the targeted milieu of Hlohovec district in Slovakia. In 2020 she coedited a yearbook Central and Eastern Europe: Geopolitics and Security Issues published by Instytut Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej in Lublin, Poland.


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Selected Publications

“The Making of the New Right Ideologue in Post-communist Slovakia. Martin Lacko’s Alt-history,” In Far Right Thinkers and the Future of Liberal Democracy in the Twenty First Century (Routledge Press) Forthcoming 2021.

Nina Paulovicova, Tomasz Stepniewski (eds.) Central and Eastern Europe: Geopolitics and Security Issues (Lublin: Instytut Europy Środkowej, 2020)

Nina Paulovicova, Tomasz Stępniewski, eds. “Central and Eastern Europe: Imaginary Geographies, Geopolitics and Security Issues, Central and Eastern Europe: Geopolitics and Security Issues. Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej 18(2020)

The far right ĽSNS in Slovakia and its reconstruction of the nation,Central and Eastern Europe: Geopolitics and Security Issues. Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej, 18(2020), vol. 1, pp. 177-197.

“From Mobilization to Normalization of Radical Right. The Case Study of Slovakia,” In Peter Bolcha, Rowland M. Brucken (eds.), Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights. Organized in Prague on March 7-9, 2019. Anglo-American University Czech Republic, Norwich University, Vermont USA. Proceedings of the First International Conference (Praha: Anglo-American University, 2019), pp. 63 -78.

Mapping the Historiography of the Holocaust in Slovakia in the past decade (2008 – 2018). The Focus on the Analytical Category of Victims,” Judaica et Holocaustica 1, no. 1 (2019): 46-72.

Holocaust Memory and Antisemitism in Slovakia: The Postwar Era to the Present,” Antisemitism Studies 2, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 4-34.

“Justice never accomplished. Failure of Canada to prosecute World War II criminals,” In Stanislav Mičev and Katarína Ristveyová, (eds.) Policy of Anti-semitism and Holocaust In Post-War Retribution Trials in European States (Banská Bystrica: Múzeum Slovenského Národného Povstania, 2019), pp. 27 – 40.

Nina Paulovicova (with introductory chapter by Jozef Urminsky), Židovská komunita v dejinách mesta Hlohovec (1938 – 1945) Príbeh, ktorý prešiel tmou, (Hlohovec: Občianske združenie Ex Libris Ad Personam Hlohovec, 2009)

’Invisible’ rescuers of Jews. The Case Study of Housekeepers and Maids in World War II Slovakia,” In Eduard Nižňanský, Denisa Nešťáková (eds.), Women and World War II, (Bratislava, Stimul, 2016), pp. 119 – 132.

The ‘Unmasterable Past’? Slovaks and the Holocaust. The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-communist Slovakia,” Joanna Michlic, John-Paul Himka,(eds.), Bringing the Dark Past to Light. The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe, (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013), pp. 549-590.

Updated June 21 2021 by Student & Academic Services

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