Selected Alumni Profiles

Jakub Gawkowski

April 20, 2021

Jakub Gawkowski finished his MA in Comparative History in 2019. He works as a curator at the Modern Art Department of the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. At the museum, he curates temporary exhibitions and co-curates the permanent display of the collection of 20th and 21st-century art. Before CEU, he also studied at the University of Warsaw and the University of Silesia in Katowice.

Yulia Karpova

March 2, 2021

Yulia Karpova (MA 2009, PhD 2015) is a historian of Soviet and European art and design. In 2016-2018 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark. Later she worked as a visiting lecturer at CEU and as an assistant archivist at Open Society Archives. Her book, Comradely Objects: Design and Material Cculture in Soviet Russia, 1960s–80s, was published by Manchester University Press in 2020.

Victor Taki

December 14, 2020

Victor Taki (MA 02, PhD 2008) has taught at the University of Alberta (2009 – 2010), Dalhousie University (2010 – 2011), the King’s University (2014 – 2019) and Concordia University of Edmonton (since 2016). Victor’s first book, Tsar and Sultan: Russian Encounters with the Ottoman Empire (based on his post-doctoral research at the University of Alberta in 2011 – 2013), was published by IB Tauris in 2016.

Adrian Grama

June 21, 2020

Adrian Grama (PhD 2017) is Principal Investigator of the DFG funded project “Dominant Fictions” at the Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung in Regensburg, Germany. His first book was a social history of metalworkers and miners in postwar Romania.

Caroline Mezger

Caroline Mezger is a historian at the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) in Munich. She holds degrees in history from Yale University (BA, 2010) and Central European University (MA, 2012), as well as a PhD in History and Civilization from the European University Institute in Florence (2016). Her research focuses on the twentieth-century history of Central and Southeastern Europe, World War II and the Holocaust, borderland minorities, migration, communication, and the history of childhood and youth.