Michal Vašečka is a sociologist with special interests in topics related to ethnicity, race, migration studies, populism, extremism, social movements, and civil society. Since 2015 he has been an Associate Professor at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA) and since 2018 he has been heading Media Studies at the Pan-European University in Bratislava. He is also a program director at the Bratislava Policy Institute.
Previously Vašečka thought at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and at the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of Comenius University in Bratislava.
As a visiting scholar he spent time at the New School University in New York, University of London, the Georgetown University, Washington DC, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and he was an ISGAP Scholar-In-Residence at the Oxford University.
Michal Vašečka founded the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK) and served as its director from 2006 to 2012.
Since 2012 Michal Vašečka has been Slovakia’s representative in the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), human rights body of the Council of Europe.
He serves as a vice-chairman of the governmental committee VRAX tackling extremism and racism in Slovakia.
Vašečka is a chairman of the Editorial Board of the Denník N, major daily newspaper in Slovakia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Prague-based Aspen Review Central Europe.
In 2018 Michal became a laureate of the Award for special contribution in the field human rights by Minister of Justice of Slovakia.