MA Theses Submitted at the Department

What Our Alumni Say

Maria Fedorova (MA 2013-2014)

Data Analyst at International Organization for Migration

Sharon S. Belli (MA 2014-2016)

PhD Researcher, Political Science Dpt., University of Antwerp, Belgium

Ivan Nikolovski (MA 2015-2017)

Junior researcher at the Institute for Democracy ‘Societas Civilis’ – Skopje and President of JEF Macedonia – Macedonian national section of the Young European Federalists movement

Martin Molder (PhD 2012-2017)

Researcher, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu

"I will always look back at CEU with fondness and gratitude. By now I have been working and studying at different universities for around 15 years. From all that, my time at the Department of Political Science at CEU clearly stands out."

Zainiddin Karaev (PhD 2001-2004)

Operations Officer, State and Peacebuilding Fund, the World Bank

"For me, experience at CEU and Budapest has been transformative in every way. CEU offered enabling learning environment"

Maximilian Spinner (2007, PhD)

Foreign Policy Department of the Federal Chancellery, Berlin

“For me CEU was a very intense and enriching experience, both academically and personally. "

Armin Haeberle (MA 2004-2005)

Head of Corporate Development
Frankfurt Business Media - Part of the F.A.Z. Publishing Group, Frankfurt, Germany

"CEU was a great experience for me. While the academic level was really demanding, the atmosphere was always friendly and the support and interaction with the professors and university staff a real pleasure. "

Juliane Sophie Stein (MA 2012-2014)

Researcher, Institute for Political Science - Centre for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Science

"One of my major motivations for choosing CEU's Department of Political Science was the attractive combination of excellence in teaching and research on the one hand, and the good range of scholarships on the other. "

Olga Victorovna Smirnova (MA 2001-2002)

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University

"My life can be divided into before and after CEU. This was a truly transformative year for me as a student of Political Science."

Anna and Dave McKeever (MA 2011-2012)

Anna is Research Associate at Ulster University, while Dave is PhD candidate at University of Ulster

"We studied together on the Political Science MA program and married two years after meeting for the first time. CEU education, the outstanding staff, the resources at the department, and the intense workload (there is no point in pretending otherwise) change people"

Benedek Kurdi (MA 2012-2013)

Doctoral Candidate, Social Psychology, Harvard University

"The curriculum of the Political Science MA program at CEU offers a reasonably broad and, at the same time, in-depth introduction to the social sciences. "

Aliya Abbasi (MA 2012-2013)

PhD candidate, University of Queensland

"Every day spent at CEU was full of learning, challenges, opportunities, motivation and a sense of achievement"

Batlang Seabo (MA 2012-2013)

Lecturer in Political Science, University of Botswana

"Studying at CEU, in the Political Science department, is indeed a rare privilege that will potentially open up opportunities for me in the future, particularly for my career in research. It is a life-changing experience, an investment in my future."

Andrej Nosko (IRES MA 2005-2006, PhD 2013)

Director for Europe at PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law

"To succeed in the current world, you need transferable skills, which will enable you to succeed in many walks of life. "

Stela Garaz (MA 2004-2005, PhD 2005-2012)

Consortium Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at Habitat for Humanity EMEA

"CEU contributed greatly to my professional growth due to its committed faculty, access to a great variety of resources, and high quality of teaching."

Daniel Horn (MA 2003-2004, PhD 2004-2010)

Senior Fellow, Institute of Economics, Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

"CEU is a true academic and intellectual community. Meeting people from all around the world and contrasting approaches from all around the scientific spectrum helped me to develop personally as well as academically."

Grigorii Golosov (MA 1993-1994)

Professor of Political Science, Project Director, Center for Democracy and Human Rights Helix, St. Petersburg

"I spent the 1993-1994 academic year at CEU Pol Sci Department, then newly formed. Academically, the time spent was more than worth it"

Peter Bajomi-Lazar (MA 1995-1996, PhD 1997-2004)

Professor of Mass Communication, Budapest Business School University of Applied Sciences

"My years as an MA and a PhD student at CEU's Department of Political Science have taught me that social scientists have a certain responsibility toward society, and they have to do their best to help open and free societies develop in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe."

Annamaria Orban (PhD 1999-2003)

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Communication, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

"The CEU PhD program helped a mother of two kids near 40 to speed up her academic carrier… "

Evgeni Evgeniev (MA 2000-2001, PhD 2001-2007)

First Secretary at Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the European Union

“CEU is a meeting place for people of different cultures, knowledge and experience. "

Mano Toth (MA 2010-2011)

PhD, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

"My time at CEU was very rewarding. Engaging in thought-provoking debates expanded my vision and allowed me to go beyond the rather top-down learning experience of my undergraduate years"

Jennifer Yip (MA 2010-2011)

Supervisor, Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP), Refugee Services of Texas

"CEU has allowed me develop my capacity in many ways. The activities organized on and off campus made me more socially active and the courses more academically-driven. "

Miles Maftean (MA 2010-2011, PhD 2012)

Lecturer, Eotvos Lorand University

"My experience at CEU led me to develop a whole different idea of what learning actually is - it isn't simply obtaining and retaining truth and justifying this truth, but understanding what truth means to all different groups of people around the world"

Winne Ko (MA 2010-2011)

Project and Policy Officer at International Diabetes Federation Europe

"CEU is truly global and the 10 month experience not only filled up my intellectual capacity, but also changed my way of thinking about the wider world"

Yuliana Palagnyuk (MA 2003-2004)

Head of the Jean Monnet Department, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Policy and Management, Institute of Public Administration, Black Sea Petro Mohyla State University in consortium with “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

"CEU was a wonderful experience as it helped me to grow both professionally and personally. "

Endre Danyi (MA 2002-2003)

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

"The Central European University is all about transformation and movement. It is about the fascination with the ways in which societies, places and practices transform – sometimes slowly, sometimes overnight."

Emilia Lubenova (MA 2007-2008)

Business Development Expert at New - I JSC, Bulgaria

"CEU and my Budapest experience are very precious to me, I will always keep them in my heart. You helped me to be what I am now - I feel young and successful and it is sure that you contributed a lot to this feeling of mine"

Sule Chousein (MA 2006-2007)

PhD Candidate, Atatürk Institute on Modern Turkish Studies, Bogazici University

"I regard my one year MA experience at the CEU as the best experience of my life. CEU is indeed a unique home which blends academic excellence with her truly dedicated, friendly and professional academic staff with equally exceptional students from all over the world."

Mariana Sireteanu Gustavsson (MA 2000-2001)

Postdoc in Political Science, Linköping University, Sweden

"Looking back I can describe CEU as a great meeting place for people, for different cultures, knowledge and experience"

Hairong Lai (PhD 2003-2008)

Executive Director, China Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories

"Central European University opened up a new world of research in political science to me."

Peter Stamatov (MA 1995-96)

Associate Professor of Social Research and Public Policy and Distinguished Researcher and Santander Endowed Chair at the Carlos III-Juan March Institute for the Social Sciences (Madrid)

"I remember the year I spent at CEU as an exciting time of exposure to ideas and people new to me"

Peter Vagi (MA 2002-2003)

Senior Adviser, Policy Making, Strategy and Reform at OECD - OCDE / SIGMA, Paris, France

"Studying at Central European University was one of the greatest journeys of my life. Being a Hungarian myself, it was also a great experience to explore my home city, Budapest together with foreigners from all over the World"

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MA Theses 2017/18

One-year MA in Political Science

Arican, Yunus The Politics of the Organizing the 'Unorganized' in Turkey
Bornat, Marleen Women to the Rescue: Is There a Glass Cliff in Politics?
Elliott, Claire Is Consensus Democracy Better for the EU? A Multilevel Analysis of Euroscepticism
Fisher, Avonlea Selling Sex Cells: Dignity, Autonomy, And The Market Of Human Gametes
Giacoletto, Thomas An offer they can refuse? Nudging against advertising
Gurmankin, Daniel Sustainability and the Welfare of Future Generations
Güner, Cagla The Impact Of Adverse Incorporation And Social Exclusion On Precarization: A Case Study On The Syrian Migrant Workers In Turkey
Gürsoy, Kaan Pride, Nostalgia, and Fury: Exploring Representations of Contemporary Politics in Entertainment Television
Hasker, Sien From Welfare State to Participation Society: Studying Social Service Access and Equity in the Netherlands
Hassan, Muhammad Ahmad Protesting on the Streets while in Parliament? Exploring Extra-Parliamentary Activity of a Within-System Political Party in Pakistan
Hawlader, Alamgir Mangrove Governance and Resource Conflicts: A Case Study of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh
Hickey, Paul Accounting for Job Automation in Advanced Economies: An Overview of Impact, Contingent Resolution Options, and a Case Study of the UK
Jison, John Raymond Analyzing Mobilization and Outcomes of People Power Movements in Non-Democratic Regimes. The Interplay of Political and Discursive Opportunity Structures in Asian People Power Movements (1970s-1990s).
Lecamwasam, Hasini National Integration in Sri Lanka: Capital Accumulation, Spatial Politics, Intermarriages, and Religion in Nation-Building Among the Kandyan Sinhalese
McNeill, Zoie The Making of a Queer of Color Critique of Lesbian and Gay Politics: In/Exclusion and the Black Pride 4
Mladenovic, Andrija The Unwanted Intellectual Elite: What Is Other Serbia?
Moradi, Mohammad Eschatology and Community in the Radical Reformation:The Political Thought of Hans Hut and Hans Hergot
Mukherjee, Nirjhar Chantal Mouffe's Agonism- A Theory For Democratic Socialism?
Ozorai, Fanni Can Theories Of Mainstreaming Travel From West To East? A Comparative Study Of The French National Front And Jobbik Movement For A Better Hungary
Özgül, Mahur Capacity Building or Resource Dependence: The Effect of Foreign Aid on the Power Dynamics of Turkish Civil Society
Petrushev, Hristijan Capitalism in the Yugoslav Successor States: Slovenia and Macedonia
Poltoratskaya, Viktoriia Accountability of federal systems: Factors of Budgetary Performance in Russia and Germany
Popp, Livia-Angela Nonresponse to Politically-Sensitive Questions Across Political Regimes
Shaw, Daniel Beyond Necessity: State-Sponsored Terrorism and Organized Crime.
Shida, Junjiro Dealing with the Hybrid War
Shishov, Aleksandr Identifying the Heideggerian Footprint in Post-Communist Russia's Radical Political Thought: the Case of Aleksandr Dugin
Simsek, Caner Populism as Distant Relative of Terrorism
Skrynnyk, Mykola Politics Through the Lens of the Internet: Does the Internet Affect Citizens' Trust in Government?
Slukvin, Mykhailo Pro-democracy in the sheets but less in the streets: social movement protest alliances of Ukrainian Maidan 2013-2014
Stanwix, Christopher The Role of Solidarity Initiatives During Times of Economic Crisis and Austerity: Alternative Forms of Resilience and Resistance in Greece and Italy
Suga, Mirella Today's Hong Kong, Tomorrow's Taiwan: Social Movements and Social Media
Tariq, Rabia "State of Exception": Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan
Todoric, Nikola Institutional Dynamics and Bureaucratic Agencies: Adoption of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the Western Balkans

Two-year MA in Political Science 

Ali, Hager Making and Breaking Regimes. Reconceptualizing the Role of Armed Forces in Regime Change.
Bagi, Eszter The Newly Religious Populist Radical Right of Contemporary Europe? The Case of Germany and Hungary
Bajnay, Zsófia Kadar's People- Post-socialist legacy and economic populism in Hungary
Davidovic, Jovana Unraveling the Black Mountain: Authoritarian Submission and Party Preference in Montenegro
Madlovics, Bálint István The Epistemology of Comparative Regime Theory: An Austrian Critique
Petranova, Darina Othering, Stereotyping and Dehumanization- Online Discourse on Minority Groups in Slovakia
Priyadarshini, Vidita Decentralised Land Governance: Role of Subnational Institutions in Mediating Conflicts Over Land-Use Change in India
Stefanelli, Alberto The "Irrationality" of Populist Voters. Testing Spatial Models of Electoral Competition Using Populist Attitudes
Tóth, Gergő Social Interaction As Cues: A Low-Cost Tool For Changing Political Opinion
Triantafyllou, Zsuzsanna Political Campaigning in the Age of Populism: The Hungarian National Election of 2018