Where are they now?

A sample of CEU History Graduates and their subsequent itineraries

Class of 2019

Ivana Pruchova (Czechia)

MA thesis (2019): Farce After Velvet: Satirical Programmes in the First Years of Czech Public Television

PhD student, ZARAH project, Central European University.

Class of 2018

Steve Westlake (United Kingdom)

MA thesis (2018): Human rights radios? : Radio Free Europe, the BBC external services and the "Helsinki Process", 1973-1978

PhD student, University of Bristol.

Stanislav Mohylnyi (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2018): Knowledge and imperial governance: fighting cattle plague in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Russian empire

PhD student, Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

Anna Smelova (Russia)

MA thesis (2018): The temperance movement: alcohol and politics in fin-de-siecle Russia

PhD student, Georgetown University.

Kateryna Pasichnyk (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2018): Official physicians within the Medical landscape of the Russian empire (1760s)

PhD student at the International Graduate School "Verbindlichkeit von Normen der Vergesellschaftung”, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Stefan Gužvica (Croatia/Serbia)

MA thesis (2018): Learning Leninism: factional struggles in the Communist Party of Yugoslavia during the Great Purge (1936-1940)

PhD student, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg.

Ewelina Sikora (Poland)

MA thesis (2018): Diplomatic Intermediaries During Rákóczi’s War of Independence, 1703–1711

PhD student, Central European University, Budapest.

Eda Güclü (Turkey)

PhD thesis (2018): Urban tanzimat, morality, and property in nineteenth-century Istanbul

Winner of the Best Dissertation Award at CEU in 2018.

Ivana Mihaela Žimbrek (Croatia)

MA thesis (2018): Mirrors of the City: Department Stores, Urban Space and the Politics of Retail in Socialist Yugoslavia (1950s-1960s)

PhD candidate, Central European University, Budapest.

Zsolt Györegy (Hungary)

MA thesis (2018): Polite Carnival: Purim Festivities within the Sephardi Community of Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam

Currently taking a gap year in order to prepare for a  PhD application in Hispanic Studies.

Henry Blood (USA)

MA thesis (2018): Religious History in an Atheist State: Teaching the Reformation in the German Democratic Republic

PhD student, New York University.

Class of 2017

Christopher Wendt (USA)

MA thesis (2017): Schwaben, Banater, Deutsche: Formulating Germanness in the Greater Romanian Banat, 1918-1935

PhD student, European University Institute, Florence..

Maria Telegina (Russia)

MA thesis (2017): Ceremonial Representation in Cross-Confessional Diplomacy: The Ottoman Embassy of a Christian Ambassador to Moscow in 1621

PhD student, Georgetown University.

Bogdan Pavlish (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2017): Confessionalization from below: the Dormition Confraternity at the Forefront of Orthodox Confession Building in Early Modern Lviv

PhD student, Northwestern University.

Csaba Olasz (Hungary)

MA thesis (2017): The interconnectedness of the social and natural sciences: Hungarian refugee scientists in defense of the autonomy of science

PhD student, University of California, San Diego.

Ksenia Litvinenko (Russia)

MA thesis (2017): Building Socialist Vyborg: Architectural Encounters on the Soviet-Finnish Border, 1958-1983.

PhD student, Architecture, University of Manchester.

Frederik Oerskov (Denmark)

MA thesis (2017): 'In wenigen Stunden dort': The Tourist Association for Denmark and its Promotional Efforts in Nazi Germany, 1929-1939

PhD student, Centre of European and Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki.

Sofia Lopatina (Russia)

MA thesis (2017): From Komsomol Activists to Clandestine Reformists: the Leningrad Underground Group “Kolokol” (1961-1965)

PhD student, IMPRS ANARCHIE, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

Andrew Mike Cragg (United Kingdom)

MA thesis (2017): A Socialist Schism: The response of British leftists to the collapse of Yugoslavia, 1989-2000

PhD candidate, Central European University, Budapest.

Adrian Grama (Romania)

PhD thesis (2017): Laboring Along: Industrial Workers and the Making of Postwar Romania (1944-1958)

Postdoctoral researcher, Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, University of Regensburg.

Olga Kartashova (Russia)

MA thesis: Holocaust History between Liberation and Sovietization: The Publications of the Central Jewish Historical Commission in Poland 1945-1947

MA student in Holocaust Studies, Haifa University, Israel.

Robert Elliot (USA)

MA thesis: Chasing the Specter in Anatolia: Politics and the Discourse of Communism and Anti-Communism in Early Cold War Turkey

PhD Student, Duke University.

Class of 2016

Lucian George (Great Britain)

MA thesis (2016): A Comparative Study of Two Peasant Revolts in 1930s Poland

Doctoral student (DPhil) at Oxford.

Željka Oparnica (Croatia)

MA thesis (2016): Localize and rule Politics and practice towards the Jews in the Serbian princedom 1838-1868

PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London.

Christos N. Aliprantis (Greece)

MA thesis (2016): The Austrian Centennial of Emperor Joseph II in 1880

PhD candidate, Cambridge University.

Panagiotis Delis (Greece)

MA thesis (2016): Violence and civilians during the Balkan Wars (1912-1913)

PhD candidate, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia.

Meltem Safak (Turkey)

MA thesis (2016): Tracing Modernization in the Ottoman Literature: The New Ideal in Ottoman Turkish and Armeno-Turkish Novels

PhD candidate, Comparative Literature, University of Georgia.

Class of 2015

Roxana Maria Aras (Romania)

MA thesis (2015): Sacred Smellscapes: The Olfactory in Contemporary Christian and Muslim Lebanese Communities

PhD candidate, Anthro-History Department, University of Michigan.

 Jian Zhang (China)

MA thesis (2015): Deal with the Supreme, Authoritative Space and Commercial Space in Sung Kaifeng and Renaissance Florence

PhD, Arizona State University.

Harrison King (USA)

MA thesis (2015): The (Un)making of Soviet Kirovabad: Pogroms and the End of the "Friendship of Peoples" in Azerbaijan

PhD candidate, University of California Berkeley.

Vedran Sulovsky (Croatia)

MA thesis (2015): Holy, Roman, Frankish: A Sketch of the Political Iconography of Frederick Barbarossa

PhD candidate, Cambridge University.

Zachary Rothstein-Dowden (USA)

MA thesis (2015): Unraveling the Cord: The Schedography of Nikephoros Basilakes

PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics, Harvard University, .

Ludmila Sharaya (Russia)

MA thesis (2015): Proclamations of Nicholas I. Political Ideas, Rhetorical Strategies, Functions

PhD candidate, University of Maryland, College Park.

Klara Volarić (Croatia)

MA thesis (2015): Carigradski glasnik : a forgotten Istanbul-based paper in the service of Ottoman Serbs, 1895-190

PhD candidate, Loughborough University.

Class of 2014

Kata Bohus (Hungary)

PhD dissertation (2014): Jews, Israelites, Zionists The Hungarian State's Policies on Jewish Issues in a Comparative Perspective (1956-1968)

Fellow of the Jewish Museum Frankfurt am Main, responsible for the development of the temporary exhibit “Jews in post-war Europe (1945-1950).”

Daria Kovaleva (Russia)

MA thesis (2014): The Trope of Kyra as a Jewish Female Intermediary in the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Imperial Harem: Theory and Practice, Fiction and History

PhD candidate, Harvard.

Franka Horvat (Croatia)

MA thesis (2014): Artistic Transfers from Across the Adriatic Sea: The Thirteenth Century Frescoes in the Church of Saint Chrysogonus in Zadar

PhD candidate, UCLA.

Cosmin Tudor Minea (Romania)

MA thesis (2014): An Image for the Nation: Architecture of the Balkan Countries at 19th Century Universal Exhibitions in Paris

PhD candidate, University of Birmingham.

Isaac D. Moore (USA)

MA thesis (2014): Subverting Modernity: Francoist Spain's Rescue of Sephardim in Greece and Budapest during the Holocaust

Faculty Assistant, Harvard Law School.

Tyler Conklin (USA)

MA thesis (2014): The Politics of Loyalty: The Confessional and Ethnic Loyalties of the Kurds in Seventeenth-Century Eastern Anatolia

PhD candidate, Yale University.

Class of 2013

Marijana Mišević (Serbia)

MA thesis (2013): The Social, Political and Linguistic Context of the Emergence of Aljamiado Literature in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Bosnia: The Case of a Lexicographer and Poet, Mehmed Heva'I Uskufi

PhD candidate, Harvard University.

Ana Sekulic (Croatia)

MA thesis (2013): Boundary Entrepreneurs: Manipulating Difference on the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman-Venetian Border

PhD candidate, Princeton University.

Ana-Teodora Kurkina (Russia)

MA thesis (2013): The Problem of the Appurtenance of Dobruja Region, 1913-1940: Bulgarian and Romanian Methods of Claiming Rights over the Territory

PhD candidate, University of Regensburg.

Class of 2012

Caroline Mezger (Switzerland)

MA thesis (2012): Hitler's Messengers: The Hitler Youth and the Propagation of Nazi Ideology Amongst Ethnic Germans of the Batschka

PhD candidate, European University Institute’s Department of History and Civilisation.

Reyhan Durmaz (Turkey)

MA thesis (2012): "To go there seven times in faith is like going to Jerusalem": Hagiographical Traditions and Hierotopical Perceptions in Tur 'Abdin in the Middle Ages

PhD candidate (ABD), Brown University, USA.

Roy Kimmey (The USA)

MA thesis (2012): Protestantism and Protest: The Lutheran and Reformed Churches in Rural East Germany

PhD candidate, University of Chicago.

Timothy Helmick (USA)

MA thesis (2012): Regaining the Homeland How Middle-Class Soldiers and Officers Came To Fight For Karolyi and Kun

Principal at the International School of Budapest.

Ievgeniia Sakal (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2012): Teraturgema by Afanasij Kalnofoyskyi: The Problem of Inter-Confessional Borrowings

PhD candidate, Yale University.

Class of 2011

Bogdan C. Iacob (Romania)

PhD thesis (2011): Stalinism, Historians, and the Nation: History-Production under Communism in Romania (1955-1966)

Associate Researcher at the Center for the Study of Postcommunist Societies (University of Maryland-College Park) and in the international project „Socialism Goes Global” at the University of Exeter.

Courtney Krolikoski (USA)

MA thesis (2011): Malady or Miracle? The Influence of St. Francis on The Perception of Leprosy in the High Middle Ages

Teaching Assistant at McGill University, Canada.

Class of 2010

Pavel Vasilyev (Russia)

MA thesis (2010): Poisons of Civilization, Remnants of Capitalism, or Jewish Disease? Drug Addiction in Russian and German Medical Texts from the 1870s to the 1930s

Postdoctoral Fellow at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel. Has been a postdoctoral Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Human Development and a Visiting Researcher at the Hebrew University.

Ira Roldugina (Russia)

MA thesis (2010): An Attempt at Social Disciplining in Eighteenth-century Russia: The Kalinkinsky House. A Case Study

DPhil Student, Oxford.

Class of 2009

Anca Mandru (Romania)

MA thesis (2009): Cultural Nationalism alongside Official State-Building: The Romanian Cultural League in the Interwar Period

PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ljubica Spaskovska (Macedonia)

MA thesis (2009): Defeated Demos - On the Anti-Nationalist, Reform and Democratizing Initiatives and Tendencies in Yugoslavia 1989-1991 (with Focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia)

Earned her PhD degree at the University of Exeter, currently Associate Research Fellow at Exeter University, United Kingdom.

Aaron Ostrovsky (USA)

MA thesis (2009): Peace Planning for Poland and the United States during WWII

PhD candidate, Biomedical Informatics at Rutgers University.

Amy Brouillette (USA)

MA thesis (2009): Remapping Samizdat: Underground Publishing and the Hungarian Avant-Garde, 1966 to 1975

Amy Brouillette is the research and editorial manager of the Ranking Digital Rights project and a fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society. Her articles have appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Los Angeles Times and The Denver Post.

Muhammed Fatih Calisir (Turkey)

MA thesis (2009): A Long March: the Ottoman Campaign in Hungary, 1663

Completed his Ph.D. at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 2016. Currently an Assistant Professor at İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, Department of History, İstanbul.

Máté Rigó (Hungary)

MA thesis (2009): Survival Strategies, Ghettoization and the Persecution of Jews in Budapest, 1944

Earned his PhD at Cornell University. Currently an Assistant Professor at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.

Ozde Celiktemel-Thomen (Turkey)

MA thesis (2009): The Curtain of Dreams: Early Cinema in Istanbul, 1896-1923

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Centre of Intercultural Studies, UCL.

Anna Mazanik (Russia)

MA thesis (2009): Second in the Empire: Social Topography of Moscow and Budapest in the Early Twentieth Century

PhD dissertation (2015): Sanitation, Urban Environment and the Politics of Public Health in Late Imperial Moscow

Currently a Samizdat Archivist at Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives.

Yulia Karpova (Russia)

MA thesis (2009): The Stilyagi: Soviet Youth (Sub)Culture of the 1950s and its Fashion

PhD dissertation (2015): Designer Socialism: The Aesthetic Turn in Soviet Russia after Stalin

Postdoctoral Researcher at Aarhus University.

Class of 2008

Anton Kotenko (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2008): The Construction of Ukrainian National Space by the Intellectuals of Russian Ukraine, 1860s-1870s

PhD dissertation (2014): The Ukrainian Project in Search of National Space, 1861 - 1914

Associate Professor at HSE Campus in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of History.

Ioana Toma (Romania)

MA thesis (2008): Radio Free Europe in Paris: The Paradoxes of an Ethereal Opposition

Junior Research Fellow at Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives.

Irina Denischenko (USA)

MA thesis (2008): Towards a Reconciliation of the Carnivalesque with Bakhtin's Christian Weltanschauung

Language and Literature Instructor at Columbia University in the City of New York.

Jovana Babovic (USA)

MA thesis (2008): The Quest for Serbia's Imagined Phallus: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Yugoslavia's Socialist Family, 1945-1991

Earned her PhD in modern European history from the University of Illinois. Currently an affiliated scholar at the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. 

Kateryna Ruban (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2008): Revolution as Art: Lviv Intellectuals and the Alternative Festival "Vyvykh-1990"

PhD Candidate, History at New York University.

Anette Dujisin (Hungary)

MA thesis (2008): Representing the Spanish Civil War: Socialist Realist Nonfiction Filmmaking

Film programmer at Venice International Film Critics' Week. Project manager at Filmin Portugal.

Class of 2007

Ádám Mestyán (Hungary)

MA thesis (2007): Art and Empire: Khedive Ismail and the foundation of the Cairo Opera House

PhD dissertation (2012): "A garden with mellow fruits of refinement" - Music Theatres and Cultural Politics in Cairo and Istanbul, 1867-1892    

Assistant Professor of History at Duke University. Previous to his appointment he was Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Bálint Varga (Hungary)

MA thesis (2007): Contested Lieux de Mémoire in Central Europe: The Case of Devín and Brasov

Earned his PhD at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Currently a research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History.

Maria Alina Asavei (Romania)

MA thesis (2007): Rewriting the Canon of Visual Arts in Communist Romania: a case study

Lecturer at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague.

Oxana Zemtsova (Russia)

MA thesis (2007): Educational factor in the process of Christianization of Non-Russian Peoples of the Middle-Volga Region in the second half of the 19th century

Earned her PhD from the European University Institute. She currently works as a senior researcher at the Mari State UniversityRussia.

Uku Lember (Estonia)

MA thesis (2007): Domesticating the Soviet Regime: Autobiographic Experiences of the "Post-war" Generation in Estonia

PhD dissertation (2014): Silenced Ethnicity: Russian-Estonian Intermarriages in Soviet Estonia (Oral History)

Lecturer at Tallinn University, School of Humanities.

Zsófia Lóránd (Hungary)

MA thesis (2007): Feminism as Counterdiscourse in Yugoslavia in Two Different Contexts

PhD dissertation (2015): Learning a Feminist Language: The Intellectual History of Feminism in Yugoslavia in the 1970s and 1980s

Currently an early Career Fellow, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen.

Zsombor Tóth (Hungary)

MA thesis (2007): The Portrait of a Young Man as a Survivor: Mihály Cserei (1690-1697). A Case Study in Historical Anthropology

Faculty Member at Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Literary Studies.

Ionut-Florin Biliuta (Romania)

MA thesis (2007): Between Orthodoxy and the Nation. Traditionalist Definitions of Romanianness in Interwar Romania

PhD dissertation (2014): The Archangel's Consecrated Servants. An Inquiry in The Relationship Between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Iron Guard (1930-1941)

Currently a researcher at Gheorghe Șincai Institute for Social Sciences and the Humanities, Târgu Mureș, Romania.

Lukas Pribyl (Czech Republic)

MA thesis (2007): Salaspils: A Case Study

Film director, political scientist and historian – has published on various aspects of Jewish history and curated exhibitions at the Jewish Museum of Prague, Czech Republic. Currently works as the director of the Czech Cultural Center in Tel Aviv.

Petar Mitrić (Serbia)

MA thesis (2007): Film and Socialism in the Post-War Poland

PhD Fellow at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen.

Sofiya Grachova (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2007): The Past of Ukrainian Jews in Local and National Histories in Post-Soviet Ukraine

Earned her PhD in history from Harvard University in 2014. Currently a Katz Center Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stevo Đurašković (Croatia)

MA thesis (2007): Fascism in Central Europe: The Organisation of Yugoslav Nationalists- ORJUNA, 1921-1929.

Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb.

Victoria Harms (Germany)

MA thesis (2007): Monument discourse and the Hungarian case: Political interpretations of monuments for the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Earned her PhD at University of Pittsburgh. Currently a Post-Doc at Leibniz Graduate School, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg.

Class of 2006

Anca Glont (Romania)

MA thesis (2006): The Guardians of Life and the Guardians of Death: A Comparison between the Discourse of the Romanian Orthodox Church and that of the Legion of Archangel Michael 1931-1937

Assistant Professor at University of Dayton, USA.

Gábor Szegedi (Hungary)

MA thesis (2006): The Apologetic Discourse in the Making: Ernst von Salomon’s Der Fragebogen and West German Collective Identity in the early 1950s

PhD dissertation (2014): Good Health is the best Dowry: Marriage Counseling, Premarital Examinations, Sex Education in Hungary 1920-1952

Gábor Szegedi studied in Turku/Åbo, Berlin, and Durham. He has worked as policy analyst at the Australian Embassy in Budapest.

Oana Sinziana Paltineanu (Romania)

MA thesis (2006): Between Assimilationist Pressure and Political Tactics: The Transylvanian Gazette during the Dualist Period

PhD dissertation (2013): Calling the Nation. Romanian Nationalism in a Local Context: Brasov during the Dual Monarchy

Writer and historian based in Heidelberg.

András Rác (Hungary)

MA thesis (2006): Cultural Historical Aspects on Anti-Semitism in the 19thCentury Hungary: Case Study of the 1882-1883 Tiszaeszlár Blood Libel

Journalist, Video and Film Producer at Lyonsdown Ltd., an exclusive partner of The Telegraph.

Benjamin Shingler (Canada)

MA thesis (2006): National Interests and the International Peace Movement French Pacifism and the Question of Alsace-Lorraine (1871-1914)

Journalist and reporter, has worked with Associated Press, Al Jazeera Media Network, CBC.

Slavka Otcenasova (Slovakia)

MA thesis (2006): The Construction of the Collective Identity of the Czechs and Slovaks in History Textbooks

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Šafárik University Košice, Slovakia.

Class of 2005

Teodora Shek Brnardić (Croatia)

PhD dissertation (2005): The Enlightened Officer at Work: The Educational Projects of the Bohemian Count Franz Joseph Kinsky (1739-1805)

Senior research associate at the Croatian Institute of History.

Bohdan Shumylovych (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2005): Money and its Images: the Case of The Former Soviet Union

Head of the Urban Media Archive at the Center for Urban History in Lviv.

Asligul Berktay (Turkey)

MA thesis (2005): The 'Anti-Nationalist' Liberation of the Turkish Historiography on the Balkans: The Contributions of Three Turkish Historians to an Understanding of the Byzantine Legacy

Earned her PhD at Tulane University, currently Global Perspectives on Society Teaching Fellow at NYU Shanghai.

Gábor Almási (Hungary)

PhD dissertation (2005): The Uses of Humanism. András Dudith (1533-1589), Johannes Sambucus (1531-1584), and the Humanist Network in East Central Europe

Researcher at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Austria.

Maria Falina (Russia)

MA thesis (2005): Religious Discourse in Serbian Politics: 1890's – 1914

PhD dissertation (2011): Pyrrhic Victory: East Orthodox Christianity, Politics and Serbian Nationalism in the Interwar Period

Lecturer in modern European history at the School of History and Geography, Dublin City University.

Class of 2004

Adam Kozuchowski (Poland)

MA thesis (2004): The Images of Austria-Hungary in the Inter-War Historiography

Assistant professor at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw since 2009. He’s been a Koerber Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Wien (2006), Fulbright Visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington, Seattle (2011–2012).

Oksana Sarkisova (Russia)

PhD dissertation (2004): Envisioned Communities: Representations of Nationalities in Non-Fiction Cinema in Soviet Russia, 1923-1935

Research Fellow at Blinken OSA Archive, Director of Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest, and co-founder of the Visual Studies Platform at CEU.

Balázs Trencsényi (Hungary)

PhD Dissertation (2004): Discourses of Nationhood in Early Modern Europe

Professor at the History Department of CEU.

Emese Lafferton (Hungary)

PhD dissertation (2004): A History of Hungarian Psychiatry, 1850-1908

Assistant Professor at the Department of History, CEU. Previously she has served as a Lecturer in History and Sociology of Medicine, Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh.

Y. Doğan Çetinkaya (Turkey)

MA thesis (2004): The "1910-1911 Muslim Protest:" A Study on the Social Origins of a Popular Movement

Received his PhD at Leiden University (Netherlands) in 2010, currently Assistant Professor at Istanbul University, Faculty of Political Sciences.

Deyan Kolev (Bulgaria)

MA thesis (2004): Shaping Modern Identities: Social and Ethnic Changes in Gypsy Community in Bulgaria During the Communist Period

Chairman of the AMALIPE Centre for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance Association.

Elitza Stanoeva (Bulgaria)

MA thesis (2004): The Building of a Nation-State  Capital: Unity, Division and Interaction in Urban Space - Sofia (1879-1934)

Received her Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin. She has held postdoctoral fellowships in Konstanz, Potsdam and Sofia.

Ferenc Laczó (Hungary)

MA thesis (2004): Hungary's Self-Limiting Opposition: The Impact of Poland, K.O.R. and Solidarity on Hungary in the early 1980s

PhD dissertation (2011): Between Assimilation and Catastrophe:Hungarian Jewish Intellectual Discourses in the Shadow of Nazism

Currently assistant professor in modern and contemporary European history at Maastricht University, formerly researcher at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (2010 to 2015).​

Markian Prokopovych (Ukraine)

PhD dissertation (2004): Architecture, Cultural Politics and National Identity: Lemberg 1772-1918. Entangling National Histories

Currently Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Marko Zubak (Croatia)

MA thesis (2004): "Polet" - Youth Press in Late Communist Yugoslavia

PhD dissertation (2013): The Yugoslav Youth Press (1968-1980): Student Movements, Subcultures and Communist Alternative Media

Researcher at the Croatian Institute of History.

Natalia Timus (Moldova)

MA thesis (2004): National Identity Discourse and Foreign Policy Attitudes in the Republic of Moldova

Head of Innovative Teaching and Learning Design at Virtual Center for Innovative Pedagogy, University of Cote d'Azur, France.

Simina Badica (Romania)

MA thesis (2004): Queuing in Narratives about the 1980s in Romania

PhD dissertation (2014): Curating Communism. A Comparative History of Museological Practices in Post-War (1946-1958) and Post-Communist Romania

Head of Ethnological Archives at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant. Managing editor of Martor. The Museum of the Romanian Peasant Anthropology Review.

Zachary Levine (USA)

MA thesis (2004): Redefining Jewish Cultural Space in Hungary: New-Type Jewish Leaders and the Reorientation of Hungarian-Jewish Identity

Earned his PhD at NYU. Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Building Museum and an Independent Museum Consultant.

Edward Krudy (Hungary)

MA thesis (2004): On the Road to Democracy. Hungarian Sociography 1900-1980

A journalist with Reuters news agency in New York, was recently awarded a prestigious Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University.

Class of 2003

András Mink (Hungary)

PhD dissertation (2003): The "Kopjas"" The Culture of Counterrevolution.

Worked as a journalist for the weekly Beszélő, where he was chief editor between 2003 and 2007. Currently works at Blinken OSA Archive at Central European University as an archivist and historian.

Anca Sincan (Romania)

MA thesis (2003): Local Ecumenism in 1960's Transylvania from the Orthodox Church Perspective

PhD dissertation (2012): Of Middlemen and Intermediaries, Negotiating the State Church Relationship in Communist Romania - The Formative years

Researcher at the Gheorghe Sincai Institute of the Romanian Academy.

David Marno (Hungary)

MA thesis (2003): Apocalypse Lost: Fiction and History in the Making in Daniel Defoe's

Journal of the Plague Year

Earned his PhD at Stanford University; currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Domagoj Madunić (Croatia)

MA thesis (2003): Vinko Pribojevic and the Glory of the Slavs

PhD dissertation (2012): "Defensiones Dalmatiae: Governance and Logistics of the Venetian Defensive System in Dalmatia During the War of Crete (1645 - 1669)"

Research fellow at the Croatian Institute of History.

Elena Magdalena Craciun (Romania)

MA thesis (2003): An Old Miner: Stories from the Romanian Jiu Valley Mining Region

Researcher at the Anthropology Department, UCL, London.

Gábor Kármán (Hungary)

MA thesis (2003): The Image of Turks in 17th Century Transylvania

Research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History.

Gergely Baics (Hungary)

MA thesis (2003): "Airing Opinions:" Radio Broadcasting and Revolutionary Crisis. Hungary, 1956

Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Olga Baranova (Belarus)

MA thesis (2003): Collaboration in Belarus during the Nazi Occupation of 1941 – 1944

Teaches Contemporary History at Gonzaga University in Florence.

 Class of 2002

Andrei Cusco (Moldova)

MA thesis (2002): Representations of the Identity of the Bessarabian Romanians in the Russian Historiography, 1812-1918

PhD dissertation (2008): Between Nation and Empire: Russian and Romanian Competing Visions of Bessarabia in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century

Lecturer in the Department of World History of the Ion Creanga State Pedagogical University in Chisinau

Hanna Szemző (Hungary)

MA thesis (2002): Tests of Social Control: Accidents on the Streets of Budapest at the Turn of the Century

Working at the Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, focusing on research and consultancy in the fields of urban development, social inclusion, and housing policy.

Oana Maria Mateescu (Romania)

MA thesis (2002): Making Persons, Placing Objects: Narratives of Theft in Southern Romania.

Earned her PhD at the University of Michigan. Professor in Sociology and Social Work at the University of Bucharest.

Victor Taki (Moldova)

MA thesis (2002): Time and Change in Political Theory of Machiavelli

PhD dissertation (2008): Russia on the Danube: Imperial Expansion and Political Reform in Moldavia and Wallachia, 1812-1834

A lecturer at Concordia University of Edmonton.

Tõnis Liibek (Estonia)

MA thesis (2002): Estonian Photography, 1857-1895: Developments, Personalities, Influences

Researcher at Tallinn University of Technology.

Class of 2001

Bálint Balázs (Hungary)

MA thesis (2001): Images of the Interwar Press in Hungary

Managing Director and Senior Research Fellow of Environmental Social Science Research Group and Lecturer of Environmental Sociology at St. István University, Gödöllő, Hungary.

František Šístek (Czech Republic)

MA thesis (2001): The Restoration of Montenegro in the Plans of the Montenegrin Political Representation in Exile (1916 - 1922)

Research fellow at the Institute of History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.

Gabor Berczeli (Hungary)

MA thesis (2001): An Imperial Statesman's Perspectives on Central European Nation States in the Making, 1917-1919

Acting Director at Robert Schuman Institute, Budapest.

Vincze Hanna Orsolya (Romania)

MA thesis (2001): The Making of a Prince. The Figure of Bethlen Gábor in Contemporary Written Sources.

Associate Professor at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj.

Jakub Szántó (Czech Republic)

MA thesis (2001): From Czech National Fascism to Pro-Nazi Collaboration: The Vlajka, 1928-1946

Journalist, Czech TV Middle East News Reporter.

Martin Klesment (Estonia)

MA thesis (2001): The Emergence of Estonian Economic Nationalism

Senior Researcher at Tallinn University, School of Governance, Law and Society, Estonian Institute for Population Studies.

Raili Nugin (Estonia)

MA thesis (2001): The Implementation of Stalinist Art Model in Estonia in 1945-1950

Researcher at School of Humanities, Tallinn University.

Class of 2000

Anikó Eszter Bartha (Hungary)

MA thesis (2000): Center, Periphery, Eastern Europe: The Social Theory of Immanuel Wallerstein and its Implications for Twentieth-century Eastern European History

PhD dissertation (2008): Alienating Labor: Workers on the Road from Socialism to Capitalism in East Germany and Hungary (1968-1989)

Assistant Professor at the Department of Eastern European History, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest.

Katherine Sorrels (The USA)

MA thesis (2000): Eugenics and the Transylvanian Saxon Nationalist Response to Assimilationist Pressure, 1880-1925

Associate Professor of the history of modern German-speaking Europe at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dasha Shkurpela (Kyrgyzstan)

MA thesis (2000): Kazimir Malevich's White on White

Program associate with the Open Society Public Health Program. She is also a fellow at the Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

László Csősz (Hungary)

MA thesis (2000): From Emancipation to Exclusion. Jewish Fate in the Jaszsag in 1944.

Senior historian at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Budapest (Hungary). Co-editor of The Holocaust in Hungary, a source volume in the Documenting Life and Destruction series by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2013).

Marge Mardisalu-Kahar (Estonia)

MA thesis (2000): The Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939: Main Controversies in German and Post-Soviet Russian Historiographies

Director of the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership since summer 2013. She previously held various positions in the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Marie Crhová (Czech Republic)

MA thesis (2000): The Jewish National Politics in Czechoslovakia (1918-1935)

PhD dissertation (2008): Modern Jewish Politics in Central Europe: The Jewish Party of Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938

Assistant Professor at the Kurt and Ursula Schubert’s Centre of Jewish Studies at the Palacký University in Olomouc.

Petr Roubal (Czech Republic)

MA thesis (2000): Display and Disguise: The Place of the Czechoslovak Spartakiads, in Socialist Regime and Society

PhD dissertation (2008): Embodying Communism: Politics of Mass Gymnastics in Post-War Eastern Europe

Senior researcher at Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague.

Iryna Vushko (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2000): The Polish Readership in the Nineteenth Century (Case Study of the Ossolinski Library)

She received her Ph.D. at Yale University, and currently teaches at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY).

Natalia Kovalchuk (Ukraine)

MA thesis (2000): Neo-Slavism and the Ukrainian Question in Late Imperial Russia (1908-1910)

Director of the Liberal Arts Program at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Yuriy Malikov (Kazakhstan)

MA thesis (2000): Policy and Economy. The State's Intervention in the Economy of a Backward Country as the Necessary Prerequisite for its Successful Catching up.

Associate Professor of History at SUNY Oneonta.

Class of 1999

Bojan Aleksov (Serbia)

MA thesis (1999): The Dynamics of Extinction: The Nazarene Religious Community in Yugoslavia after 1945

PhD dissertation (2006): Religious Dissent in the Age of Modernization and Nationalism: The Nazarenes in Hungary and Serbia 1850s-1914

Associate professor at University College London School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies.

Yulia Bardun (Russia)

MA thesis (1999): Institutional Structure of Soviet Unofficial Art in Post-Stalin Russia

She is a founding director of “Tranzit”, a non-governmental non-profit agency for support of cultural initiatives in the Kaliningrad region.

Kateryna Dysa (Ukraine)

MA thesis (1999): A Witch Before the Court and Before the Community:  Official and Popular Image of Witch in Germany and Ukraine in the Early Modern Period

PhD dissertation (2004): Witchcraft Trials and Beyond: Right Bank Side Ukrainian Trials of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Associate Professor at National University of 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy'. She is also the director of the Center for Polish and European Studies of NaUKMA.

James Krapfl (USA)

MA thesis (1999): Reflections on the Revolution in Czechoslovakia

Earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently Associate Professor of modern European history at McGill University in Montreal.

Katarina Keber (Slovenia)

MA thesis (1999): Cholera as Phenomenon in Nineteenth-Century Europe and a Case Study of the First Cholera Epidemic in Pest in 1831

Senior research fellow at Milko Kos Historical Institute, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Mihai Chioveanu (Romania)

MA thesis (1999): Regional Co-operation and Nation Building in Eastern Europe: The Case of Greater Romania 1918-1938

Professor and Director of the Department of Political Science, International Relations and Security Studies, University of Bucharest.

Natalia Shlikhta (Ukraine)

MA thesis (1999): The Church under Conditions of Khrushchev's Anti-Religious Offensive: The Ukrainian Situation and its Polish  Parallel

PhD dissertation (2004): The Survival of the Church under Soviet Rule: A Study in the Life of the Ukrainian Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church, 1945-1971

Associate Professor at the History Department at the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy".

Nikolai Vukov (Bulgaria)

MA thesis (1999): The Uses of Folklore for Nation-Building Purposes in Bulgarian Periodicals of the 1860s and 1870s

PhD (2005): Monuments between Life and Death: Memory and Representation in Monuments of the Socialist Past in Bulgaria

Researcher at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Class of 1998

Alexander M. Semyonov (Russia)

MA thesis (1998): Empire Through Liberal Eyes: Liberal Doctrine and Politics in the Context of the Russian Empire:1905-1914

PhD dissertation (2005): The Political Language of Russian Liberalism: The Liberation Movement, Constitutional-Democratic Party, and Public Politics in late Imperial Russia

Currently Professor at the Department of History of National Research University-Higher School of Economics in St. PetersburgSemyonov is also co-editor and co-founder of Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space.

Balázs Szalontai (Hungary)

MA thesis (1998): De-Stalinization in Eastern Europe, 1953-1958

Currently Assistant Professor at Korea University, Sejong Campus.

Borbála Zsuzsanna Török (Romania)

MA thesis (1998): Minority Alternatives to Cultural Politics in Interior Romania

PhD dissertation (2004): The Informal Politics of Culture: Transylvanian Learned Socities, Civic Networks and the Formation of the Nation-State, 1790-1914

Associate Research Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz. She has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.

Cristina Petrescu (Romania)

MA thesis (1998): Intellectual Dissent in Romania (1977-1989)

PhD dissertation (2003): From Robin Hood to Don Quixote. Resistance and Dissent in Communist Romania

Lecturer in Comparative Politics and Recent History, Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest.

Dragos Petrescu (Romania)

MA thesis (1998): The Threat from Below: Workers' Protest in Communist Romania

PhD dissertation (2003): The Collapse of Romanian Communism. An Explanatory Model

Director at CNSAS (National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives, Romania) and lecturer in Comparative Politics and Recent History in the Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest.

Emil Kerenji (Serbia)

MA thesis (1998): Anti-Semitism and Corporatism in the Writings of Dimitrije Ljotic

Emil Kerenji received a Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan. He is currently an applied research scholar at the Washington Holocaust Museum.

Irina Gigova (Bulgaria)

MA thesis (1998): Political Usage of Culture: Cultural Policies of the Bulgarian Communist Party in the Sixties and Seventies

Received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Currently Associate Professor at the College of Charleston, USA.

Liviu Chelcea (Romania)

MA thesis (1998): Overcoming Shortage Under Socialism: Consumers and  Goods in a Romanian  Village in the 1980's

Graduated from the anthropology doctoral program of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently Professor and Chair at the Department of Sociology, Bucharest University.

Silvana Rachieru (Romania)

MA thesis (1998): Britain and the New Europe: British Attitudes towards Central Europe, 1920-1925

She is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest, she also served as the Director of “Dimitrie Cantemir” Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Istanbul between 2011-2015.

Borbála Juhász (Hungary)

MA thesis (1998): The Memory of 1956 Gendered Transcript

Vice President of European Women’s Lobby, Hungary. She was formerly Head of Gender Equality Department at the Ministry of Equal Opportunities (Hungary).

Marius Turda (Romania)

MA thesis (1998): From Federalism to Nationalism: The Case of Aurel C. Popovici (1863 -1917)

PhD dissertation (2002): Contesting National Superiority: Racial Thinking, Social Darwinism and Nationalism in Fin-de-Siecle Hungary

Reader in 20th Century Central and Eastern European Biomedicine at Oxford Brookes University and Director of its Centre for Medical Humanities.

Gábor Ébli (Hungary)

MA thesis (1998): Dissent vs. Conformism in Kadarist Hungary. Mental Reservation as an Intellectual Strategy of Survival

Associate Professor and Head of the MA Program in Art and Design Management, Institute for Theoretical Studies at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest.

Igor Fedyukin (Russia)

MA thesis (1998): Certain Aspects of Noble Ethos in 18th Century Russia: A Study Based on the Materials of the Legislative Commission of 1767

Received his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina. Currently Associate Professor of History at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He was Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Russia in 2012-2013.

Ildiko Éva Gelencsér (Hungary)

MA thesis (1998): The United States Foreign Policy During the Balkan Conflict

Project evaluation expert at the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.

Jelena Lakus (Croatia)

MA thesis (1998): The Process of Nation Building in Dalmatia in the First Half of the 19th Century

PhD dissertation (2006): Books, Society and Culture, Religious and Political Order in Dalmatia (1815-1848)

Associate Professor at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Osijek, Croatia.

Olga Klymenko (Ukraine)

MA thesis (1998): The Urbanisation of Kiev from the End of the Eighteenth to the Middle of the Nineteenth Century: the Distinguishing Features of Urbanisation and the Impact of the Integration in the Russian Empire

Researcher at Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre.

Vsevolod Bashkuev (Russia)

MA thesis (1998): The Great After-Effects of World War I: Failure of the Wilsonian Principles in Central Europe, 1917-1920: A Case Study of Hungary

Senior research fellow at the Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan studies, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Rūstis Kamuntavičius (Lithuania)

MA thesis (1998): Description of Lithuania by French Travellers at the Second Half of the 17th Century

Associate Professor at the History Department and head of the Czesław Miłosz Center at Vytautas Magnus University.

Class of 1997

Andris Spruds (Latvia)

MA thesis (1997): Foreign Policy of a Small State: Latvia in the International System, 1918-1922

Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs.

Alexander Astrov (Estonia)

MA thesis (1997): The State and Nature of Realist Tradition:  The State of Nature as the Myth of Origin in International Relations Theory

Has received his PhD from the department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Currently Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations at CEU.

Izabella Main (Poland)

MA thesis (1997): The Celebrations of Polish National Holidays by the State and the Church between 1944 and 1980

PhD dissertation (2002): National and Regional Holidays as a Clashing Point of the State, the Church and Opposition in Poland, 1944-1989: the Case of Lublin

Studied social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Currently Assistant Professor in the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

Kinga-Koretta Sata (Romania)

MA thesis (1997): Transylvanism as Minority Ideology. Study of the Hungarian Minority in Romania in the Early 1920's.

PhD dissertation (2003): József Eötvös's post-revolutionary political ideas and their reception, 1850-1913

Lecturer at the Political Science Department of Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj- Napoca.

Kateryna Smagliy (Ukraine)

MA thesis (1997): The Development of the Ideas of Ukrainian Nation and State in the Political Writings of Viacheslav Lypynsky.

Currently the Director of the Kennan Institute Kyiv Office.

Kristin Faurest (USA)

MA thesis (1997): A Society Erased: Jewish Life in Balassagyarmat Between the Wars.

She has worked and studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England. Author and editor of several books, including most recently Community-Built: Art, Construction, Preservation and Place (Routledge, 2017).

Mila Mancheva (Bulgaria)

MA thesis (1997): The Muslims and the National Relations in Bosnia-Hercegovina during the Time of Austro-Hungarian Rule 1878-1918

PhD dissertation (2003): State-Minority Relations and Education of Turks and Pomaks in Inter-War Bulgaria, 1918-1944

Currently working on migration-related projects at the Center for the Study of Democracy (Bulgaria).

Dubravka Mlinarić (Croatia)

MA thesis (1997): The 17th Century Cartographic Representation of the Territories of the Kingdom(s) of Dalmatia, Croatia and Slavonia in Central European and Mediterranean Context

Senior researcher at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb.

Nataša Štefanec (Croatia)

MA thesis (1997): The Ascend of the Zrinski Family and their Role in the Spread of Protestantism in the Second Half of the 16th Century

PhD (2004): Diet in Bruck an der Mur (1578) and the Estates on the Croatian, Slavonian and Kanisian Military Border

Researcher at the Institute for Croatian History of the Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb.

Ostap Sereda (Ukraine)

MA thesis (1997): The Question of Ukrainian National Identity in Galician Public Discourse 1860-1869

PhD dissertation (2004): Shaping of a National Identity: Early Ukrainophiles in Austrian Eastern Galicia (1860-1873)

Associate Professor at the Department of Modern and Contemporary Ukrainian History, Ukrainian Catholic University (L’viv) and a Recurrent Visiting Professor at the History Department of CEU.

Valentina Gulin Zrnić (Croatia)

MA thesis (1997): Gender History in the Statutes of the East Adriatic Communes

Senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore, Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

Class of 1996

Svetla Baloutzova (Bulgaria)

MA thesis (1996): The Perceptions of Pre-nuptial Love and Pregnancy in the Early Modern English Society

Continued her studies at the University of Cambridge, currently editor atAspasia. The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History’.

Jaroslav Miller (Czech Republic)

MA thesis (1996): Libri Citationum et Sententarium Olomucensis and Royal (Free) City - Nobility Relations in Early Modern Moravia and Central Europe

PhD dissertation (2004): Between Middle Ages and Modernity: Urban Societies in East-Central Europe

Currently a Professor of History and the Director of the Historical Institute at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Liliya Berezhnaya (Russia)

MA thesis (1996): Eschatological Notions in the Polish Orthodox and Catholic Culture of the 17th Century

PhD dissertation (2004): Sub Specie Mortis: Perception of Death and the Afterlife in the Catholic and Orthodox Cultures of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 16th-17th Century

Teaches East European history at the University of Münster.

Constantin Iordachi (Romania)

MA thesis (1996): The Anatomy of a Historical Conflict: Romanian-Hungarian Diplomatic Relations in the 1980's

PhD dissertation (2004): From the "Right of the Natives" to "Constitutional Nationalism": The Making of Romanian Citizenship, 1817-1919

Professor of History at the Central European University, and co-director of Pasts, Center for Historical Studies.

Nora Milotay (Hungary)

MA thesis (1996): Women's Journals and their Image of Women in the second half of the 18th Century in Hungary

She received her PhD at the University of Cambridge, currently policy analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).

Zoran Velagić (Croatia)

MA thesis (1996): Religions and Nationalities Seen in Danubian Region by Croatian Jesuit Missionaries (17th and 18th Centuries)

Associate Professor of book history at the University of Osijek, Croatia.

Rebekah A. Klein-Pejšová (USA)

MA thesis (1996): The Response of Austro-Hungarian Jewry to the Early Zionist Movement

She earned her PhD at Columbia University, currently Associate Professor of History at Purdue University.