Maciej Ruczaj was born in Poznań, Poland, and in 1998, he became a “Prague Pole”. He studied English at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University – his MA thesis dealing with Flann O’Brien received the Mathesius Award – and political science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. In 2015, he completed his doctoral studies at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures and defended his dissertation on the works of Patrick Pearse from the perspective of political theories. He used to work as a journalist, and he is currently the director of the Polish Institute in Prague. He regularly contributes to Czech newspapers and magazines, mainly on Polish history, literature, and society.