It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Zachary John Kramer, a doctoral student at the Institute of Political Studies FSV UK. In his research, Zack focused on the political economy of the post-Soviet space and Central and Eastern Europe. In his dissertation, he focused on Ukraine’s changing foreign trade in connection with relations with Russia. Last year, he successfully passed the state doctoral examination and worked on completing his dissertation. Zack also worked at the IPS Centre of Doctoral Studies. He taught the Master’s course Approaches to Modern Conflict, for which he received the Golden Course award. He worked as a researcher at the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), and was a holder of a doctoral scholarship under the PSSI-funded Oldřich Černý Scholarship project. We believe that if you had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with Zack, you appreciated his helpfulness, passion, and determination with which he approached his research, teaching, and other tasks. He was a nice and helpful colleague and we will miss him.
Zack’s family appreciates the University’s support through this difficult time for them and they sincerely hope that a little part of Zack and his commitment to positive international relations will remain with every student and associate that he had the fortune to interact with. Zack loved his time here in Prague and developed a deep appreciation of Czech culture.If you have a memory of Zack that you wish to share with his family, please, add it to this condolence book.