I am a historian specialising in contemporary history. I completed my secondary school in Bratislava, and graduated from the Comenius University Bratislava in 1993.
For six years, I used to be a teacher at a private school in Galanta city. I spent the academic year 1999 to 2000 as a teacher of history at Ashville College Harrogate (North Yorkshire) an independent day and boarding school run by the Methodist Church. When I returned home, I spent six years as a teacher in my previous secondary school in Bratislava. I gained my PhD. at my alma mater in Bratislava in 2004. I became an Associate Professor of History (Docent) at the History Department of the Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Hungary, in April 2015. From November 9, 2015 until February 2020 I served as Vice-Dean for Science at the Faculty of Education of the J. Selye University. Since April 2016, I have been a member of the international Advisory Board at Professor Csaba Békés's Cold War History Research Center at the Corvinus University Budapest. In 2019, I established a PhD. school in History Didactics at the History Department of Faculty of Education of J. Selye University. In September 2019 I received the Rector's Award for ,,outstanding scientific publication” at the Selye University. Since 2009, I have been a Member of the Editorial Board of "Történelemt@nítás" - Online Journal on History Didactics. Since 2020, I have been a Member of the Sientific Editorial Board of the journal Človek a spoločnosť, published by Spoločenskovedný ústav of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Košice.
Since 2005, I have been researching & teaching at the Department of History at the University of J. Selye, Komarno, Slovakia. I have been focusing on two main fields of interest: history of the Cold War (incl. international relations, media propaganda and urban developement in communist towns), and History Didactics (incl. research of history textbooks).
To date, I have published 14 books, including:
Sigmund Freud, as author (2005);
Famous Political Speeches of the 20th Century, as editor (2006);
Famous Hungarian Political Speeches, as editor (2007);
Introduction to History Didactics and Methodology of History Teaching, as author (2009);
Komárom/Komárno International Research Project, as author and editor (2008);
Radio Free Europe [in Hungarian], as author (2011);
Radio Free Europe [in Slovak], as author (2013);
Hidegháború es európai integráció [Cold War and European Integration] as author (2015);
Vajda Barnabás–Gaucsík István (eds.): Várostörténeti fejezetek a csehszlovák szocializmus korából. Az urbanizáció formái Dél-Szlovákiában. Kapitoly z dejín miest za československého socializmu. Formy urbanizácie na juhu Slovenska. Chapters of urban studies from the communist Czechoslovakia. Forms of urbanization in Southern Slovakia [a tri-lingual book] as author and editor (2015).
Vajda, Barnabas et al.: Forms of Political and Media Propaganda in Central Europe, Czecho-Slovakia and Hungary (1938-1968). as editor, author and co-author. This volume inludes co-authors suh as: David Schriffl (Austria), Milan Olejník (Slovakia), Simon Attila (Slovakia), Tatsuya Nakazawa (Japan), Popély Árpád (Slovakia), Peter Jašek (Slovakia), Karl P. Benziger (USA), Marína Zavacká (Slovakia), Révész Béla (Hungary).
Vajda, Barnabás: A csehszlovákiai ideológiai harc természetéről (1948–1989) O charaktere ideologického ťaženia v Československu (1948–1989)(2017)
Vajda, Barnabás as Assistant Editor: Bibliography of New Cold War History (international online publication by the Cold War History Research Center Budapest (2017)
Vajda, Barnabás: Bevezetés a történelemdidaktikába és a történelemmetodikába (2nd Edition, 2018)
Privately: I am a native Hungarian, with fluent Slovak and English language skills. I am a Calvinist Protestant as far as my religion is concerned. With my wife and two children we live in Dunaszerdahely / Dunajská Streda, Slovakia.