Frank Cibulka

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  • Ph.D. in Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1983
  • M.A. in Political Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1976
  • B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language and Literature, The Pennsylvania State University, 1974


  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1974
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 1974
  • Zayed University Provost’s Research Fellowship Award, 2013-14

Brief Biographical Bits:

Dr. Frank Cibulka was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1953. Following the Soviet-led invasion of his country in August 1968 he went into exile in West Germany and subsequently in the United States where he became a citizen in 1974. He received his education at the Pennsylvania State University, obtaining a Ph.D. in Political Science in 1983 with specialty in Soviet and East European Studies. During 1980-1983 he taught as an Instructor at the Pennsylvania State University.

From 1983 to 2001 he was employed in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore, reaching the rank of Senior Lecturer. During 1992-93 he served as an Acting Coordinator of the European Studies Program.

Following the collapse of European communism, Dr. Cibulka has been invited to contribute to the new administration of President Vaclav Havel and in 1992 was appointed as an Honorary Consul of Czechoslovakia in Singapore and, subsequently he served during 1993-1996 as an Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Singapore.

Between 1987 and 1996 and again in 2003, Dr. Cibulka had undertaken many active research trips to the Philippines and eventually developed an expertise on the country’s affairs.  During 2002 to 2004 he was elected as academic visitor at Oxford University as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College. During 2004-2016, and since 2017, he has been teaching at Zayed University, both in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and in the University College. During December 2019-January 2020, he spent several weeks as an invited Foreign Visiting Scholar at China International Affairs University (CFAU) in Beijing. He has been serving as the Chair of the International Studies Department (ISD) since August 2020.

His main research areas are Politics of East Central Europe, Religion in East Central Europe, Soviet/Russian Politics, Post-Communist Transition, and the Politics and Foreign Relations of the Philippines.

Membership in Professional Organizations:

  • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES); formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS)
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)



Research and Professional Activities

Dr. Cibulka has been living a double life as a specialist in Soviet/Russian and East European Affairs with   current main emphasis on the Czech Republic and Slovakia,  and as an Asianist with special focus on the Philippines. His recent work ranged from the exploration of China’s role in Southeast Asia to publications on religion, state and society in East Central Europe. He has been also preparing  a multiple volume publication based on his  thirty years of  recording leadership oral history of the Communist Regimes, Cold War and Post-Communist Transition through exclusive interviews.

Published Books:

Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim and Frank Cibulka eds., China and Southeast Asia in Xi Jinping Era. (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2019)

Valenta, Jiri and Cibulka, Frank, eds., Gorbachev’s New Thinking and Third World Conflicts.  (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1990).

Teaching Areas

Dr. Cibulka has been teaching in the areas of comparative politics, international relations, foundation courses in history and geography, European, East Asian and American politics and foreign policies. He has been a regular faculty in the Master of Diplomacy and International Affairs (MADIA) graduate program. Among the courses he taught recently are:

  • COL .155, People. Places & Traditions
  • GEN 150, Human Geography
  • GEN 185, Methods of Scientific Research and Development
  • POL324, Contemporary World Issues & Problems
  • POL325, Comparative Political Systems
  • HIS633 (MADIA), The Shaping of Contemporary International Affairs
  • HIS623 (MADIA) International Relations

Recent Publications:

  •  ‘Czech Republic’, in Happy Ever After? Life in Post-communist Europe after EU Membership, eds. Donnacha O Beachain, Vera Sheridan, and Sabina Stan. (Routledge, 2012)
  • ‘The Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia: Survival of a Minority Faith in a Secular Society’, in Orthodox Churches and Politics in Southeastern Europe: Nationalism, Conservatism, and Intolerance, ed. Sabrina P. Ramet (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
  • Religion and Transitional Justice in the Czech Republic’ in Church, Memory and Justice in Post-Communism, eds. Lucian Turcescu and Lavinia Stan (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 202


Current Projects:


  • Liberals, Conservatives and Mavericks in the Christian Churches of Eastern Europe and Russia since 1980. A Festschrift for Sabrina P. Ramet, Frank Cibulka and Zachary Irwin, eds., (Central European University Press, forthcoming, 2021)
  • The Filipino Labor Migration in the Gulf: Case Study of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)    (A monograph to be completed in 2021; to be published by Hong Kong University Press)