• Professor
    Director of Jewish Studies
    Professor at the Nationalism Studies,

    Professor at the Nationalism Studies and Jewish Studies Program at the Central European University, Hungary.

  • Professor
  • Associate Professor

    Michael L. Miller is an associate professor in the Nationalism Studies program at Central European University in Budapest. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, where he specialized in Jewish and Central European History. His research focuses on the impact of nationality conflicts on the religious, cultural, and political development of Central European Jewry in the nineteenth century. He has recently published articles in Slavic Review, Austrian History Yearbook, Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, and Múlt és Jövő. Miller’s book, Rabbis and Revolution: The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation, was just published by Stanford University Press.

  • Professor

    Anton Pelinka was full professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, from 1975 to 2006 and visiting professor at Harvard University (Schumpeter Fellow), Stanford University (Austrian Chair), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the University of New Orleans, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies). His research fields include Comparative Politics and Democratic Theory.

  • Assistant Professor
    Director, Nationalism Studies Program

    Szabolcs Pogonyi is an Assistant Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University.

  • Associate Professor
    Research Fellow

    Julia Szalai obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1986 and her degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in Sociology in 2007, both from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Policy Studies of the Central European University, and also Head of the Welfare Research Unit of the Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

  • Associate Professor
    2YMA Program Director

    Carsten Wilke's academic background combines a training in Jewish Studies, obtained at the University of Cologne and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a diploma in comparative Religious Studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris. Before coming to CEU in 2009, he taught at the Universities of Heidelberg, Düsseldorf, and Brussels, and held research positions in France, Germany, Mexico, and the USA. Most of his publications are contributions to the intellectual and cultural history of European Jewry, with focus areas in medieval Jewish exegesis and mysticism, Jewish-Christian relations, early modern Iberian crypto-Judaism, and nineteenth century religious modernization.

Visiting Faculty

  • SHLOMO AVINERI, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is a graduate of the Hebrew University and the London School of Economics, and served as Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the first government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He held visiting appointments at Yale, Cornel, University of California, Cardozo School of Law, Australian National University, Oxford and Northwestern University; and has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, both in Washington, D.C., the Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow, and Collegium Budapest.
    He is Recurring Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Budapest.
    In 1996 he received the Israel Prize, the country's highest civilian decoration.
    Among his books: The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx, Hegel's Theory of the Modern State, Israel and the Palestinians, Karl Marx on Colonialism and Modernization, The Making of Modern Zionism, Moses Hess: Prophet of Communism and Zionism, and Communitarianism and Individualism.
    His most recent book is an intellectual biography of Theodore Herzl (in Hebrew).

  • Florian Bieber is a political scientist working on inter-ethnic relations, ethnic conflict and nationalism, focusing on Southeastern Europe. He is a Professor in South East European Studies at the Center for South East European Studies of the University of Graz. Previously, he was a Lecturer in East European Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. From January to May 2009, he held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and in Spring 2010, he was a visiting fellow at LSEE – Research on South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics. He is the editor in chief of Nationalities Papers .

  • Rogers Brubaker is Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles. Brubaker has written widely on social theory, immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and ethnicity. His first book explored the idea of rationality in the work of Max Weber, while his essays on Pierre Bourdieu helped introduce Bourdieu to an English-speaking audience. His next two books analyzed European nationalism in historical and comparative perspective. Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany (1992) sought to explain the sharply differing ways in which citizenship has been defined vis-à-vis immigrants in France and Germany and helped establish what has since become a flourishing field of citizenship studies; Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the New Europe (1996) compared contemporary East European nationalisms with those of the interwar period, both emerging after the breakup of multinational states into would-be nation-states. Subsequently, in a series of analytical essays, many of them collected in Ethnicity without Groups (2004), Brubaker has critically engaged prevailing analytical stances in the study of ethnicity, race, and nationalism and sought to develop alternative analytical resources. These informed his collaborative book Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town (2006), which examined the everyday workings of ethnicity in a setting of highly charged ethnonational conflict. Brubaker is currently working on integrating the study of religion more closely with the study of ethnicity and nationalism, exploring the ambivalent consequences of newly popular genetic modes of explaining human differences for both the everyday experience and the politics of ethnicity, race, and nationhood, and analyzing the relation between economic structures and processes and politicized ethnicity and nationalism.
    Brubaker has taught at UCLA since 1991. Before coming to UCLA, he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows of Harvard University (1988-1991). He has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (1994-99), a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (1994-99), and Fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1995-96) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1999-2000). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. Brubaker is a Senior Editor of Theory and Society and a member of the Editorial Board of numerous journals. He serves as a Recurring Visiting Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program of the Central European University in Budapest.

  • Visiting Professor

    Selim Deringil is Recurrent Visiting Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University in Budapest.

  • Recurrent Visiting Faculty in Nationalism Studies Program

    Christian Joppke holds a chair in sociology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. Previously he taught at the University of Southern California, European University Institute, University of British Columbia, International University Bremen, and American University of Paris. He has also held research fellowships at Georgetown University and the Russell Sage Foundation, New York. Among his recent books are Citizenship and Immigration (Cambridge: Polity, 2010), Veil: Mirror of Identity (Cambridge: Polity, 2009), and Selecting by Origin: Ethnic Migration in the Liberal State (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005).


    CJ is a comparative political sociologist. His past and present research interests cover social movements and the state, citizenship and immigration, most recently religion and politics, especially Islam in Western societies.

  • Visiting Professor
    Recurrent Visiting Faculty in Nationalism Studies Program

    Will Kymlicka received his B.A. in philosophy and politics from Queen's University in 1984, and his D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University in 1987. His career has focused on how democratic countries address issues of ethnic, racial and religious diversity, with a special focus on the theory and practice of multicultural citizenship. He is the author of six books published by Oxford University Press, including Multicultural Citizenship (1995), Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada (1998), and Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (2007). He is also the co-editor of Citizenship in Diverse Societies (2000), and Multiculturalism and the Welfare State (2006). He is currently the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University, and a visiting professor in Nationalism Studies at the Central European University in Budapest. A frequent advisor to governments and international organizations, his works have been translated into 32 languages.

  • Visiting Faculty

    Senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna (since 2011)
    Faculty member of the Initiative College “European Historical Dictatorship and Transformation Research”, Faculty for Historical and Cultural Studies and Faculty for Social Sciences, University of Vienna (since 2009)
    Associated lecturer at the Postgraduate Program “Master of European Studies”, University of Vienna (since 2008)
    Visiting faculty at the Nationalism Studies Program, CEU Budapest (since 2012)
    Visiting fellow at the Jean Monnet Chair, Comenius University Bratislava (since 2006)

  • Antal Orkeny is professor of sociology at the Social Sciences Faculty of the Eotvos Loránd University of Budapest. Since 1996 Antal Orkeny is the chair of the ELTE-UNESCO Minority Studies Department which offers an MA program in ethnic and minority studies, from 2006 he is the director of the Institute for Social Relations including three departments (Minority Studies, Social Psychology, Cultural Anthropology), and from 2011 he is heading the Post Graduate (PhD) Program in social sciences at the ELTE.
    His major research fields are cross-national surveys on popular perceptions of social Justice, national identity and national stereotypes, and inter-ethnic relations. Two books of him were published in English: one in 1992 with Gyorgy Csepeli, titled Ideology and Political Beliefs in Hungary. The Twilight of State Socialism. London and New York: Pinter Publishers, and the other in 2000 with Gyorgy Csepeli and Maria Szekelyi, titled Grappling with National Identity. How Nations See Each Others in Central Europe. Budapest, Akademiai Kiadó. He has also published ten monographs in Hungarian language including his two new releases in 2011: one of social integration of different migrant groups into the Hungarian society, and the other on social justice and generational equity in contemporary Hungary.

  • Visiting Professor

    András László Pap (JD 1998, MA 1999, M.Phil., Ph.D. 2005, Habil. 2009) is Recurrent Visiting Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University in Budapest.

  • Visiting Professor
    Recurrent Visiting Faculty in Nationalism Studies Program

    Michael Stewart is is Recurrent Visiting Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University in Budapest.

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Luca Váradi is a guest lecturer in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University in Budapest. She recently finished her PhD in sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and is currently a research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Humboldt University. Her research focuses on ethnic prejudices and especially on the formation of prejudice in adolescence. She wrote her dissertation about the attitudes of Hungarian teenagers towards the Roma minority which was based on a survey of 1000 students. She also works on questions regarding the role of the school in the formation of intergroup attitudes and she is starting a research project on the public perception of the police. Luca Váradi has graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and specialized in ethnic and minority studies. Between 2006 and 2008 she was involved in research on migration issues and worked for the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Institute of Ethnic and National Minorities and for the Menedék Organisation for Migrants. In Germany, she participated in the Interdisciplinary Institute for Conflict and Violence Research’s study on Group-Focused Enmity in Europe. Luca Váradi also works together with teachers and NGO-s helping to utilise research results for school-based intervention programs against prejudice.