Michael Andrew Kukral is the author of one of the few published books detailing the experience of an American student during the 1989 Velvet Revolution in what was then communist Czechoslovakia. From 1988 to 1991, Kukral was a doctoral student in geography at the University of Kentucky and among the first small group of Fulbright Scholars in Prague.
Born in the rural town of Richfield, Ohio to Clarence and Ada (Nemer) Kukral, he first graduated from Ohio University with degrees in Geography, Environmental Science, and Political Science. He attended Revere High School in the same class as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He is featured as a central character in Derf Backderf's graphic novel "My Friend Dahmer". Kukral was later inducted into the Revere Hall of Fame for contributions to education and writing. In the 1980s he appeared as an extra in the Holiday Classic "A Christmas Story", appearing in the crowd outside when the main character's father receives the "leg lamp" award.
Kukral is also the author of several best selling study guides for college students of geography as well as articles on Czechs in America.
In addition to publications on Czech topics, Mike Kukral is a noted authority on the player piano, especially regarding the Welte-Mignon reproducing piano, and is former editor and publisher of the Bulletin of the Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA). His home is ofen open to demonstrations of these instruments.
Kukral started a local chapter of Faculty without Borders in 2012 and traveled to Kenya as part of a team of engineers and scientists and established contacts at Egerton University.
- Kukral, M.A. 1997. Prague 1989: Theater of Revolution. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-88033-369-3.
- Kukral, M.A. 2003. Study Guide for the Human Mosaic. New York & Boston: Freeman.
- Kukral, M.A. (ed.) 2003-08. Bulletin of the Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association, all issues. San Francisco: AMICA Publications.
- Kukral, M.A. 2005. "Czech Settlements in 19th Century Cleveland, Ohio,"East European Quarterly.
- Kukral, M.A. 2010. "Prague 1989: Theater of Revolution," in The Czech Reader, Bazant and Starn, eds. Durham: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-4794-1.