Jiří Kocián is a graduate of the Department of Russian and Eastern European Studies of the Institute of International Studies. In his research, he focuses primarily on the modern history of Romania and its contemporary development, transitions to democracy in former Eastern Bloc states, and the history of Jews in the area of Southeastern and Central Eastern Europe. Among his activities at the Department, he participates in the international research projects H2020 “DEMOS” and “POPREBEL” dealing with populism. He has obtained numerous research fellowships, carried out in Romania, Germany or the UK, funded by grants from CUNI, Czech National Grant Agency or DAAD, and internship at the Leibnitz Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung in Regensburg. Alongside the Institute of International Studies, he also serves as the coordinator of the Malach Center for Visual History at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University, where his research focuses on the history of Jews and the Holocaust through oral history methods and sources and the implementation of digital technologies in social science research.