Associate Professor of Practice of Czech Studies Modern Languages & Literatures

Hana Waisserova, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Practice of Czech Studies and an Affiliate of the Harris Centre for Judaic Studies at UNL, Nebraska. Currently she teaches courses on Czech language, culture and literature; Czech society and culture via film; Women Totalitarian Experience (CZEC/JUDS/GLST); Czech History and Culture (HIST) and The Heart of Europe: History and Culture (EA summer program)Previously, she was teaching Anglophone and Transnational literature and culture, Gender and Central and Eastern European Studies at AAU, Prague. She lectured at Delhi University, India, and TAMU, Texas. She earned PhD in transnational literature from Palacky University, CR and Gender Graduate Certificate from TAMU, TX. Her current research interests include: Central and Eastern European women transnational literature and cultural memory, women totalitarian experience, women Holocaust experience, women dissidents, antigenderism, literary ethnography, Czech-American culture in Nebraska. She has travelled widely in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America, and is much invested in promoting cultural sensitivity and global citizenship.

Committee Work and Other Involvement

  • LCTL Merit Committee
  • Czech Studies Minor advisor
  • Czech Studies Coordinator
  • Czech Komensky Club Advisor
  • An affiliate of the Harris Centre for Judaic Studies, UNL
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Advisory Board

Selected Publications

  • Flanagan, Brenda and Hana Waisserova. Women's Artistic Dissent: Womanhood and Oppression in Pre-1989 Central Europe. (Lexington Books, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.; under review)
  • Waisserova, Hana. “What is (not) Buried with Anton Pucelik? Revisiting Willa Cather’s Prophecy of  Tenacity of Czech-American Culture in the Bohemian Alps, Nebraska.”  Great Plains Quarterly. vol. 42 no. 1, 2022, p. 91-126. Project MUSE

  • Waisserova, Hana. Book chapter “Humanistic Sustainability: Ecocriticism and Social Ecology in Czech Women’s Writing” in Modern Czech Literature Since 1948: The Junction of its Diverging Forces. (Vernon Press; Ed. Andrew Drozd; under review)

  • "Socialist Paradise, Sexual Paradise? Meditation on ‘Why Women have Better Sex Under Socialism’ by Kristen Ghodsee." European Studies Conference Selected Proceedings; Proceedings ISSN# 2476-0269 (2020). Online at

  • "Concerning a Manuscript from Czech Immigrant’s Trunk: Postil by Johannes Spangenberg (1557)." Kosmas. 2.2 (2019): 22-41. Print.

  • "Eda Kriseová and Her Prophecy of the Velvet Revolution: ‘The Gates Opened’ (1984)." Kosmas. Czechoslovak and Central European Journal. 2.2 (2019): 59-76. Print. 

  • “Thank you, samizdat!." Czech Language News, International Association of Teachers of Czech, Fall 2019, Number Fifty-One, p 4-7. ISSN 1085-2960.
  • “Remembering Prague Spring at University of Nebraska-Lincoln." Czech Language News, International Association of Teachers of Czech, Fall 2018, Number Forty-Nine, p.2-4. ISSN 1085-2950.
  • “Performing Captivity, Performing Escape. Cabarets and Plays from the Terezin/ Theresienstadt Ghetto, edited and with an Introduction by Lisa Peschel, London: Seagull Books, 2014” in Kosmas 29.1 (fall 2017), pp.78-81. ISSN 1056-005X 
  • “Asian American Belonging Revised in Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth and Hamid’s Reluctant Fundamentalist. Ostrava Journal of English Philology. 7.2 (2015). 19-31.
  • “Kořeny stoleté české tradice v Nebrasce“, in Krajiny češtiny. (Dům zahraniční spolupráce, Praha červenec 2015), p.18-21. ISSN 1804-3238.
  • “East Meets West: The Eastern Preoccupation with National Identity. The Subaltern, Problematic Postcoloniality, and Postnationalism in Meena Alexander’s Nampally Road”, in Hradec Králové Journal of Anglophone Studies. (University of Hradec Králové, 2014), pp. 73-81. ISSN 2336-3347.
  • “Transnationality in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth”, in: Gregory Jason Bell, Katarína Nemčoková, and Bartosz Wójcik (Eds.) From Theory to Practice 2012: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Anglophone Studies. Zlín Proceedings in Humanities. (Zlín: Tomas Bata University, 2013), pp. 269-277. ISBN 978-80-7454-276-3.
  • “Vita Reactiva Sidonie Nádherné. Intimní návod pro krásu moderní ženy”, in FEMA ( no. 6-7/winter-spring 2011/2012), p.62. ISSN 1804-5340.
  • “Z Trinidadu do americké diplomacie: S Brendou Flanaganovou o dětství v Karibiku, Obamovi a Evě Švankmajerové”. (Praha: Respekt Publishing, 2012),
  • (with Věra Eliášová and Pavla Buchtová), “Using Statements of Teaching Philosophy in the Literature Classroom”, in Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, (Cantebury, UK: IATEFL University of Kent, 2011), pp. 18-19. ISSN 1814-6945.
  • “Gendered Representations in Eastern Cultural Production: Construct of the Indigenous Woman Gauri in Lagaan and the Impacts of Nationalism and Cultural Globalization on South Asian Womanhood”, in American and British Studies Annual (2011), vol. 4, pp. 158-170. ISSN 1803-6058.
  • “The Identities of Critical Cosmopolitans in Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake”, in Litteraria Pragensia 20.39 (2009), pp. 115-131. ISSN 0862-8424.
  • “Body, nature and roots in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things; Bodily Trauma, and Abjection as Defining Eastern Subjectivity”, in Pandanus 3.2 (2009), pp. 151-162. ISSN 1802-7997.
  • “Critical cosmopolitanism and transnational cultural flow in literary contact zone“, in Research in English Language Teacher Education. (Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2009), pp. 119-124. ISBN 978-80-210-4967-3.
  • “On Women Literature in Contemporary India I”, in Messenger 9.1 (2009), pp. 10-12. ISSN 1214-6676.
  • “On Women Literature in Contemporary India II”, in Messenger 9.2 (2009), pp. 13-15. ISSN 1214-6676.
  • “My jsme vetší bojovnice. Rozhovor s indickou malířkou a básnířkou Papiou Ghoshal”, in Respekt 20.33 (2009), pp. 42-45. ISSN 0862-6545.
  • (with Jesse Rester) “The Nails.” (Selection and translation of a Czech short story by Magdalena Platzová), in The London Magazine. A Review of Literature and the Arts. Spring (2009), pp. 46-51. ISSN 0024-6085.
  • “Kořeny, co visí ve vzduchu. Kiran Desaiová zpochybňuje pojmy domova a identity”, in Respekt 19.34 (2008), pp. 48-49. ISSN 0862-6545.
  • “Jak Asijci zápolí s americkým snem”, in Respekt 18 (2007), p.18. ISSN 0862-6545.
  • (with Ondřej Horák) “Gándhíové a kuchyňské nehody. Rozhovor o výuce češtiny na Dillijské univerzitě a o indické culture,“ Tvar 17 (2003), pp. 1-5.
  • "Forced" to self-imposed seclusion? The lives and works of two men of letters, Vladimír Holan and Milan Kundera. The significance of time and place in contemporary Czech literary culture.” Proceedings of the international seminar: A Decade of Change. Reflections in Hungarian and Slavonic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. (Delhi: University of Delhi, 2002), pp. 81-87.
  • (with Vladimír Justl). “Poezie je jedním ze zázraků tohoto světa. Rozhovor s Vladimírem Justlem nejen o Vladimíru Holanovi”, in Host 16.7 (2000), pp. 24-30.
  • (with Petr Mikeš) “Natural Fire. Přirozený oheň. (critical introduction)”, in Krajina Supů, Vultures' Country. (Olomouc: Votobia, 1996), ISBN 80-7198-065-X.