What Our Alumni Say

Akop Gabrielyan (MA 2012-2014)

Executive Assistant to Founder & CEO at Teach For Armenia Foundation

Hani Sulastri Hamid & Marko Kukec (MA 2012-2013)

Hani is Planning, Learning and Accountability Coordinator at Rikolto Indonesia & Marko is Post-doctoral researcher at Helmut Schmidt Universität, Hamburg

Bruno Castanho Silva (PhD 2012-2017)

Post-doctoral researcher, Cologne Center for Comparative Politics, University of Cologne

Gergo Zavecz (MA 2010-2011, PhD 2011-2017)

Junior Research Fellow, Central Bank of Hungary

Imre Szabo (MA 2009-2010, PhD 2011-2016)

Post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin

Bogdana Buzarnescu (MA 2009-2010)

Principal Assistant - Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe
"CEU, and in particular, it’s political science department, has been an enriching and truly formative period for me. Firstly, it has been a year of intensely demanding yet intellectually stimulating studies.

Constantin Manuel Bosancianu (MA 2008-2009, PhD 2011-2017)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, “Institutions and Political Inequality”, Political Economy of Development research area, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany.

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 Part-Time Lecturer at Ulster University "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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We are glad to have the opportunity to address you again through the newsletter.

We welcomed two new faculty members in September, 2018 at the Department. Gabor Simonovits completed his MA at CEU and received his PhD in Politics from New York University in 2018. Now he returned to his alma mater as an assistant professor and teaches courses on research methods, political communcation and political behavior. You can read an analysis by Christopher Ingraham in Washington Post based on the original research Responsiveness without Representation: Evidence from Minimum Wage Laws in U.S. States co-authored by Gabor.

As Anton Pelinka retired this year, both Nationalism and Political Science Department eagerly looked for a professor who can live up to the expectations set by Anton, therefore, Daniel Bochsler was offered the opportunity to join both departments as a joint appointment. Daniel was a post-doctoral researcher at CEU and received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Geneva. His research deals with the effect of political institutions and social diversity, particularly ethnic diversity, mostly in democracies in Central and Eastern Europe, and worldwide. He immediately dived into the life of the department and has been promoting CEU at two recruitment trips, in Kyiv and Sarajevo.

We imagine that you might be interested in the group of students following your footsteps, studying political science. As student ambassadors, six of them created encouraging videos conveying their proud message about their path at CEU.

We are proud to announce that this year the Danube Award (Danubius Award) was awarded to Béla Greskovits. The award goes to people who have done outstanding scientific research in the context of the Danube Region. You can read his acceptance speech here.

On the 24th  WAML Annual Congress held on September 2-6, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel Judit Sándor was elected as a Governor of the World Association of Medical Law.

Furthermore, many of the faculty members published the results of their research in various platforms. Levi Littvay is one of the minds behind the trending “How Populist are You?” page published in Guardian. The team of scholars have designed a questionnaire that allows one to know her populist traits. Levi was surprised to see such a gender difference, which he described as “a small but certainly meaningful difference”.

Nenad Dimitrijevic’s new publication “Democracy disembedded” appeared in Philosophy & Social Criticism. As the paper states, “[d]emocracy is in serious difficulties. Three features of the crisis stand out. First is the dominant culture of disillusionment in democracy, which transpires as the mistrust in constitutionalist institutions and values. Second, political authority, both at domestic and international levels, is largely substituted by the rule of non-transparent and unpredictable social powers. Third, democratic states are deprived of much of their capacity to govern, but they retain a non-negligible capacity to coerce.”

If you are interested neurointerventions in criminal justice, we recommend you to read Andres Moles' co-authored chapter “Neurointerventions, Morality and Children” in the book Treatment for Crime published in November, 2018.

Last but not least, Zsolt Enyedi, also Pro-Rector for Hungarian Affairs, who indefatigable represents CEU during this difficult time, published the article “Democratic Backsliding and Academic Freedom in Hungary” in Perspectives on Politics, which is definitely worth reading.

Finally, we remain thankful for - and continue to rely on - your help in attracting the next generation of talented PolSci students. The application deadline for our MA or PhD programs is 31 January, 2019. If you know someone who might be interested in studying Political Science at Central European University, please recommend them to visit our webpage.

Thank you very much for everything – and, please, do not forget: we always love to hear from you and we’ll be delighted to promote your academic activities, achievements, publications and projects on our social media platforms (FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram), if you can forward these to

With warmest regards, 
Zoltan Miklosi
Associate Professor of Political Science 
Head of Department


As a tradition, we would like you to ‘meet’ again one of your faculty members – this time Carsten Schneider sends you his personal message.

“Dear alumni, dear friends

Some might still recognize me on this picture. Since 2004, with occasional interruptions due to sabbatical leaves, I am teaching at your Political Science Department. My courses are still located in Comparative Politics and in Methodology. As some of those courses are mandatory, many of you will have had no choice but cope with me and my difficult-to-read handwriting on the white board. Not even CEU’s new and fancy smart boards have been able to fix this legibility problem. It is nevertheless a joy to teach in CEU’s stunning new facilities.

How long will we be able to be in this marvelous new building right in the middle of beautiful Budapest? As I am writing these lines, nobody except perhaps the Hungarian prime minister, can tell for sure. The hopes for a continued and unconditional presence in CEU’s home town are dwindling. Even the biggest optimists are admitting that the list of intentionally harmful measures taken by the current Hungarian government are simply too long to be ignored or to be interpreted as honest and well-intended attempts at improving higher education in Hungary. Despite the continued support we receive from many sides – including from you as alumni – the environment for us in Hungary is increasingly hostile and intolerable. And not only for CEU. Other educational institutions are under pressure as well. From the beginning CEU’s fight for its own rights has been cast as a fight for academic freedom for everyone. It is both with sadness and astonishment that I register how fast and blatantly obvious this statement has become true - visible for everyone who is not blinded by government propaganda.

I am fully convinced that CEU will continue to exist. We at our department, and CEU in general, owe this to you as our alumni. CEU will change, though. It will create an existence in a different city: Vienna. It will be a university with undergraduate programs. And it will be a university that has gone through attacks that only few universities world-wide have been exposed to and that even fewer have survived. CEU will be different in the future. We hope it will be even better. This is what we are working towards and this is where we continue to rely on your support. Even if some of the painful decisions that CEU will unavoidably have to take in the upcoming months and years are not exactly what you expected your alma mater to do, please do not let this hamper your loyalty to us. Keep in touch with us and send us bright and interested young people whom you think would profit from studying at CEU and at our department.

I think our Department of Political Science is as well prepared as one can be for the challenges to come. We continue to attract very good students; our standing in global ranking continues to be very good and among the best at CEU; we are able to hire faculty from prestigious places; our placement record both for MA and PhD students is very good; and our students are very active both in academic and in societal terms. Just now, in the middle of tensions about the future of CEU in Hungary, many of our students were among the driving forces behind the organization of innovative protests for academic freedom. I feel tremendously proud and honored to work with such bright and dedicated young people – just like I remember you when you studied Political Science at CEU.”

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