Jiří Kocian is a coordinator of the Malach Center for Visual History at the Institute for Formal and Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University as well as a research assistant at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He deals with minorities, identity building, (post-)communist transformation, Jewish minorities in Romania/South-East Europe and oral history.
He has done study stays at Babeș-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca) and an internship at IOS Regensburg. He was a co-investigator of a GAUK project on Romanian policies towards the Hungarian minority after 1945, currently is a co-investigator in GAČR with Dr Králová and has co-edited/co-authored publications in the Czech Republic and abroad. His latest co-edited work with Martin Mejstřík and Michal Kubát is entitled "Populism in the Times of Crisis" (in Czech).