Karen von Kunes

Senior Lector, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Film Studies and Media Programme


Karen von Kunes teaches and writes on Czech language, literature, film and culture. She is currently working on a book entitled In Search of Existential Possibility: Milan Kundera and Milos Forman, which will be published by Lexington Publishers. In addition, she is the author of short stories and a novel, Among the Sinners.

Von Kunes is the author of academic publications including the Practical Dictionary Czech-English/English-Czech, published through Hippocrene Books. She conducts research in a number of European languages and speaks fluent Czech, English, French, Russian, and Slovak. Her academic awards include a listing in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review’s The Best 300 Professors.

Von Kunes is a native of Prague, and received a Ph.D. from McGill University. She has also studied at Oxford University and Georgetown University, and received a business degree from the University of Texas in Austin. She has taught Czech and Russian at Harvard University, and now teaches courses at Yale on Czech language, literature, film, and culture, including seminars on Milan Kundera and Milos Forman. In addition, she teaches a summer course in Prague, “In Kafka’s Spirit: Prague Film and Fiction.” She is a fellow of Jonathan Edwards College.