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Work experience

2004 - Present

Professor of intercultural communication science, Faculty of Communication studies

Riga Stradīņš University

- Organising international debates on memory politics and media in Europe (2019 presentation of the volume of articles in Helsinki university, 15 January 2019)

- Conducting research on European 18th-19th century cultures (arts politics, opera politics and women`s politics in the 18th century);

- Analysis of nationalism in Europe

- Analysis of media politics in the 18th century Europe

- Preparing and holding public lectures (with on-line broadcast) on the European culture of the 18th century

- Organizing media events at the University (including hosting guest lectures and workshops by international journalists and media researchers)​

- Planning and organizing international conferences and debates, workshops on

- Advising the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia on the issues of Russian media and politics of history in the post-Soviet space (2013-2014)

- Preparing and presenting public lectures on the politics of history in Latvia (lectures held at the Cabinet of Ministers for youth and media representatives) in four languages (Russian, German, English, Latvian)

- Cooperation with international scientific foundations dealing with media politics in Russia (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)

- Interpretation (Latvian-English/Latvian-German) of public scientific events

Part time occupation, approx. 10 hours a week, including 3-4 weekends per semester​

2009 - 2014

Coordinator of international projects. Interpreter. Friedrich Ebert Foundation Latvia Office

Friedrich Ebert Foundation Latvia Office

- Media coaching (including Russian-speaking media in the Baltic countries and Russia)

- Expert on media politics and society integration issues for LTV1, LTV7, Radio 1, Radio 3 and Radio 4 (Russian-speaking and Latvian-speaking public radio and TV)

- Development of cooperation with trade unions of journalists in the three Baltic states and Russia

- Participation in the establishment of media analysis platform "Aggression index" (Latvia)

- Management of projects on monitoring of hate speech in Latvian media (in cooperation with the Ombudsman)

- Facilitating the development of the Baltic section of the European Journalism Observatory (2012-2013) via project management for the development of the Baltic section.

- Analysis of the Baltic media landscape, briefing of MPs from German Parliament on the situation of the Baltic media and democracy in the region

-Elaboration of training programs and tools for journalists (including web journalism) in cooperation with the Head of the Latvian Trade Union of Journalists

- Writing annual reports on the political situation in Latvia, including freedom of speech and capacities and needs of journalists

- Presentations moderation of conferences and workshops, analytical work (reports, articles, annual overviews of political situation and media content) etc.

- Organization of media campaigns and public awareness projects in cooperation with Latvian media (including Russian-speaking media) on the issues of combatting hate speech in web journalism.

- Development of cooperation networks with international and national partners of the Foundation, including parties, MPs and NGOs, media.

Full time occupation​, approx. 40 hours a week

2003 - 2008

Head of European Anti-Discrimination Policy Department at the Secretarial of the Minister for Special Assignments for Society Integration Affairs

Secretarial of the Minister for Special Assignments for Society Integration Affairs

- Analysis and monitoring of trends and developments of Russian-speaking media world, including Russian-speaking media in the EU and Russian diasporas in the Baltics

- Organization of "media breakfast" and other media events

- Preparing statements and surveys on various issues of media politics and human rights for ministers and senior staff members of the Secretariat

- Advising ministers of integration affairs on Russian media politics

- Representing the Ministry at international media conferences in Russia (2005-2007)

- Elaborating state policy planning documents for the Cabinet of Ministers in the field of politics of Russian-speaking media and society integration affairs​- Translating and interpreting summaries and other papers related to issues of human rights and equality

- Representing the Republic of Latvia in international human rights organizations, such as Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) Vienna, EU DG Employment and Social Affairs, experts group on tolerance and media policy, Brussels

- Managing international projects on human rights (EC project "Latvia- equal in diversity")

Full time occupation, approx. 40 hours a week

1999 - 2004

University lecturer, Department of German culture

Latvian Academy of Culture

- Teaching academic courses: History of German culture and literature (till the end of the 18th century); European nationalism discourses

- Organizing international scientific conferences and seminars in cooperation with Germany based foundations and cultural institutions (Goethe institute in Riga, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung)

- Interpreting (German-Latvian) ​

Part time occupation, approx. 10-15 hours a week

Education and training

2001 - 2003

Doctoral degree in humanities and arts. (Dr. art.) (sub-section theory of culture/history of media), defended cum laude. Thesis title: “Newspaper "Baltic Herald" – the cultural forum for Latvian middle class”). Thesis analysed the discourse on the concept of the Latvian nation in the 19th century, printed media and political discourse on German aristocracy in the Baltics and middle class.

Latvian Academy of Culture

Main subject: History of European literature and culture; Theory of culture, postmodern theories, media history, English language, German language, 19th century Latvian history, history of religion, theory of theatre, intercultural communication, philosophy, academic writing, sociology

1999 - 2001

Master’s degree in humanities. Specialization: theory of culture.

Latvian Academy of Culture

Main subjects: European philosophy; Theory of culture, anthropology, Russian literature, history of European theatre, psychoanalysis, etc.

1995 - 1999

Bachelor’s degree in humanities. Study programme: International cultural relations Great Britain-Latvian/ Germany Latvia (additional bachelor`s programme courses)

Latvian Academy of Culture

Main subjects: English language (advanced level), German language (advanced level), theory of culture, psychology, academic writing, social research methods, presentation skills, history of theatre, classical (Greek and Roman) literature, European literature, Russian culture and literature, American English, history of English literature, history of the USA, history of German literature, history of Latvia

2016 - 2016

Visiting Fellow, The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, scholarship of the Kone Foundation

University of Helsinki, Collegium for Advanced studies/ Faculty of Art, University of Helsinki

Visiting program included 4 months of intense preliminary research on the theme "French Revolution 1789 as a media event". Teaching responsibilities included academic course "Negative cultural heritage in Europe" together with Prof. Renja Suominen-Kokkonen.

Research work in Helsinki National library, library of the University.


Education for educators. Training "Intercultural communication and issues of migration"

Latvian Centre for Human Rights

Issues of intercultural teaching, work with multi-ethnic audience and school children, work with people of migrant background. Seminar keynote speaker: Prof. Joseph Held, University of Tuebingen, Germany

2013 - 2013

Certificate of attendance. Course "Web Journalism"

Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journalistes (CFPJ)

Major topics of the course: internet platforms, patterns of cyber communities

2012 - 2012

Education for educators: Yad Vashem centre "Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future". Certificate of participation

Yad Vashem

Major topics: History of Israel, Jewish culture and traditions, history of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, theory of intercultural communication, human rights

2007 - 2007

International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States Department of State. "Managing Diversity in a Multi-Ethnic Society"

United States Department of State

Human rights, intercultural communication, history of American culture & literature, civic activism


Course "Racially motivated violence"

United States of America, Department of State, U.S. Embassy Riga

2002 - 2003

PhD. Scholarship of the Parliament of Berlin, Germany

Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin/Parliament of Berlin

Research in the libraries and archives of Berlin on the issues of media history and nationalism in the 19th century Europe.



Anda Rožukalne
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Sergejs Kruks
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Sandra Mihailova
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ritma Rungule
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ilva Skulte
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Anda Laķe
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ivans Jānis Mihailovs
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Klāvs Sedlenieks
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Alnis Stakle
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ruta Siliņa
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff, Board Member
Taņa Lāce
Academic Staff
Vita Savicka
Academic Staff
Ieva Puzo
Senior Researcher