Filip Kostelka was born in Prague in 1984, and lived in the Czech Republic until 2004 when he left for a scholarship to study in France and Dublin. Eventually receiving his PhD at Sciences Po, Paris he then held postdoctoral positions in Bruges, Montréal, and Barcelona. Professor Kostelka will now take up the position of Chair in Political and Social Change at the EUI Department of Political and Social Sciences. He will be on leave from his current position as Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.
Kostelka’s research interests focus on political participation—especially voting—and democratisation of post-communist democracies. Indeed he views this regional transition as an analytical opportunity that will allow him to settle long-fought controversies about the development and nature of political cleavages and party systems, as well as their durability and resistance to change.
In the Department of Political and Social Sciences, he will be teaching courses on democratisation and political participation as well as contributing to the quantitative methods sequence.
The EUI looks forward to welcoming Professor Kostelka to the Institute in January 2022.