Bruce Vlk received his MPA in 2010 from James Madison University and his BA in political science in 1999 from George Mason University. In 1998 he studied Czech history and politics for a summer at Charles University under Martin Palous, among other professors. Bruce works at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He has researched and documented the Czech and Slovak-American community of Prince George, Virginia, and started an annual festival with grant funding that continues to this day. He has been an active member of SVU since 2010.