Ilana Hartikainen, M.A. (*1988)

Contact information (landline, work email address)

+420 221 008 180,

Professional Specializations (research themes)

  • Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe, postcommunist transitions, postcommunist successor parties


  • 2012–2014: International Master’s in Russian, Central, and East European Studies, Glasgow University, Erasmus Mundus grant recipient
  • 2013–2014: M.A. in Political Science, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • 2006– 2010: B.A. in English and Slavic Studies, Northwestern University

Professional Experience

  • 2014–present: Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Department of Education
  • 2016–present:, journalist
  • 2013: internship at Respekt magazine, blogging and translating

Teaching experience

  • 2015–present: lectures for visiting student and teacher groups at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (approx. 15 lectures total)
  • 2011–2012: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
  • 2011: Teach and Learn with Georgia, English teaching volunteer

Bibliography (selected)

Educational materials

  • Group of authors. Socialism Realised. Life in Communist Czechoslovakia 1948-1989 [educational application]. Praha: ÚSTR 2016. Available online.

Work published in the media

  • SEELINGER, Lani. „Why the Czech Communists are here to stay“. V4 Revue, 11.7.2014. Available online.
  • SEELINGER, Lani. “Socialism in Translation: The Challenges of Teaching Communist History in the 21st Century.” The Language of Authoritarian Regimes Blog, 03.22.2017. Available online.
  • SEELINGER, Lani. “Civic engagement in another world.” iCitizen blog, 05.18.2017. Available online.
  • SEELINGER, Lani. “The Difficulties of Addressing Memories of Communism.” JHI Blog, 11.10.2017. Available online.
  • Review in Securitas Imperii