Patricia (PK) Hajek

Visiting Professor
Department of Political Science
VC/UCF Downtown Campus
(& VC West Campus)

As an explorer of politics, policies, and people, I have traveled the world and lived in many different countries and cities. It is my goal to inspire students and facilitate critical thinking of state-society relations in different political environments by drawing on my teaching, research, and life experiences in working with local community actors, conducting field research, and living abroad in various countries.

I have stories from all kinds of places and people that I have interacted with in my life. I hope to share some of my stories, as well as to hear about your experiences. As my mother always told me, "We are the sum of our experiences." I look forward to hearing about your diverse experiences and creating an inclusive classroom environment. 

Teaching and Research Interests Include:

Political Economy; Modes of Governance; Interest Groups, Policy Development & Implementation; Data Analysis, Scope and Methods; Democratization, Democratic Consolidation; Identity Politics; Urban Development, Urban Regimes; State Politics; Political Philosophy; Foreign Policy; Area Studies; European Union Policy; and Developing/Developed Countries.


-Doctorate of Political Science (ABD), University of Illinois at Chicago
-Masters of Political Science, University of Central Florida
-Bachelor of Political Science, University of Central Florida


-Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Certification (State of Illinois, December 2009)
-Digital Professor Certification (Valencia College, Florida, May 2020)
-Associate Faculty Certification (Valencia College, Florida, 2020-2021/2021-2022)
-Destination 2021: Equity-Minded Practice (Valencia College, Florida, June 2021).

Professional & Membership Affiliations:

-American Political Science Association
-Midwest Political Science Association
-Southern Political Science Association
-Gypsy Lore Society
- Phi Kappa Phi

Best way to contact me:

Email or FaceTime Audio call with that email (I do not have a number for a physical office).


Remote & In-Person
N/A--No Physical Office
Faculty WebSite


Zoom: Monday 9AM-12PM; Thursday 6-9PM

In-Person: Tuesday and Thursday 1-2PM, DTC, Union West, Room 303; Friday 9-10AM, WC, Bldg 7, Room 216

Or by Appointment through Email