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Nina Paulovicova

Associate Professor, History, Athabasca University

I am a strong advocate of cultural diversity, plurilingualism and democratic linguistic citizenship in our community. My academic career started in post-communist Slovakia when the public discussion was focused on the problematic genocidal past of this Central European country, which during World War II, was a vassal state of Nazi Germany.

After I immigrated to Canada, my studies and research at the University of Alberta were heavily focused on the history and memory of the Holocaust. My interest in history and memory of the Holocaust has somewhat logically diversified around the problems that plague our society these days: systematic racism, antisemitism, islamophobia, the all-pervasive fears of refugees and immigrants and the upsurge of the extreme right parties and movements.

Some of my published work is available at

Research interests

Holocaust and genocide studies
History of 20th century Central and Eastern Europe
History and politics of collective memory
Identity politics
Extreme right parties and movements
Power politics of authoritarian regimes
Inclusion of heritage languages

Educational credentials

PhD History, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2012)
MA History and English Language, University of Konstantin Philosopher in Nitra, Slovak Republic (1997)

Professional affiliations

Founder and Director of Slovak Heritage School (2017 - present)
IHLA (International and Heritage Languages Association) board member (2019 - 2021), IHLA President (2020-2021)


  • –present
    Associate Professor, History, Athabasca University