Jan Jirák is Deputy Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Charles University and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Centre for Media Studies at Charles University, as well as a faculty member of the Department of Mass Communication and the Department of Social Sciences. He is also the former chairman of the Czech Television Council, the editor of KMIT Quarterly and a translator of English-language movies for Czechoslovak TV Broadcasting. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Charles University in English and Czech language and literature and has a Ph.D. from Charles University in comparative linguistics. Since 1992, he has taught Czech communications, media, and language classes at Charles University. He holds professional affiliations with the Syndicate of Journalists of the Czech Republic, the Czech Union of Translators, and the Czech Circle for Modern Philology.