Frank Cibulka

Visiting Associate Professor
AUH Campus

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1983

  • East European and Russian Politics, Religion, State and Society in the Czech Republic, Philippines Domestic and Foreign Policies, China and Southeast Asia Relations, Elite Oral History

Employment History:

  • 2020-2021

    Chair of the International Studies Department, Zayed University

  • 2017 – 2020

    Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University College, Zayed University

  • 2004 – 2016

    Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zayed University

  • 1983 – 2001

    National University of Singapore (NUS)

    Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science,

    Concurrently attached in teaching and administrative capacity to the European Studies Program (1991 – 1998)

    Acting Coordinator, the European Studies Program, NUS (1993 – 1994)

  • 1980 – 1983

    The Pennsylvania State University

    Instructor, Department of Political Science

Diplomatic Service:

  • The Honorary Consul of Czechoslovakia in Singapore (1992)

  • The Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Singapore (1993 – 1996)

Professional Activities:

  • Confidential negotiator between the Philippine Administration of President Corazon Aquino and the exiled President Ferdinand Marcos & Imelda Marcos in June 1989

  • Initiated, along with Parris Chang, co-Chair of the ROC Legislative Yuan Foreign Affairs Committee, the resumption of unofficial relations between the Czech Republic and the Republic of China (Taiwan), 1993

  • Participant in the Europe-Asia Forum on University Relations in 1997-98

  • Invited observer to Forum 2000 Conference in 1996, 2000 and 2015

  • Co-Liaison in the United Arab Emirates of the St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, 2012

  • Faculty, the Diplomatic Training Program, Zayed University, 2008-2010

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)

  • Philippines Studies Group (PSG) of the Association for Asian Studies

  • Czechoslovak Studies Association (within ASEEES)

  • Slovak Studies Association (within ASEEES)


  • Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim and Frank Cibulka eds., China and Southeast Asia in Xi Jinping Era. (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2018)

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

  • 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., (in production with Central European University Press (CEUP), to be published, 2023)

Book Chapters:

  • ‘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, 2020)

  • ‘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)

  • ‘In Search of the Relevant Past; China and Southeast Asia Forty Years Ago’, in China and Southeast Asia in Xi Jinping Era, eds. Alvin Cheng-Hin and Frank Cibulka (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2019)

  • An essay under ‘Beyond Westphalia’ section in Big Questions of Our Time. The World Speaks, eds. Sundeep Waslekar and Ilmas Futehally (Mumbai: Strategic Foresight Group, 2016)

  • ‘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 Philippines in the Eye of the Political Storm’ in Southeast Asian Affairs 2007, Daljit Singh and Lorraine Carlos Salazar, eds., (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007)

  • ‘Nationalism and Globalisation in the Russian Federation at the Millennium’ in Nationalism and Globalization: East and West, ed. Leo Suryadinata, (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2000).

  • ‘The Radical Right in Slovakia’, in The Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989, ed. Sabrina P. Ramet (University Park: The Pennsylvania University Press, 1999).

  • ‘Changes in Soviet Policy Toward the Third World’ in Changes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: Implications for the Asia-Pacific, eds. Lau Teik Soon and Bilveer Singh (Singapore: Singapore Institute of International Affairs, 1992).

Refereed Journal Articles and Reviews:

  • ‘The Philippine Foreign Policy of the Ramos Administration: The Quest for Security of a Weak State’ in Asian Journal of Political Science, Issue 1, and Vol.7 (June 1999): pp. 108-134 (Singapore).

  • ‘China and the World in the 1970s’, a review article in Polity. The Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Vol. XIV, no.1 (Fall 1981), pp. 142-152 (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)


  • Phi Beta Kappa (1974)

  • Phi Kappa Phi. (1974)

  • Zayed University Provost’s Research Fellowship Award, 2013-2014

  • Zayed University Research Incentive Fund (RIF), 2005

  • POL623 International Relations

  • POL633 Diplomatic History: Shaping of Contemporary International Affairs

  • POL616 Area Studies: East Asia