Since August 2018, I am the DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. I am grateful to the DAAD, especially Michael Thomanek, and Professor Peter Jelavich for the opportunity to work alongside an amazing cohort of colleagues and to teach such smart, kind, committed, hard-working and fun student.
Post-Doc, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg.
For three years, from July 2015 to July 2018, I was a post-doc researcher at the Herder Institute in Marburg. I am grateful to my colleagues Svetlana Boltovska, Jana Gleich, Theresa Schnurbus, Christian Lotz and Elke Bauer, Silke Fengler, Adrian Mitter, and Vera Volkmann for their support, advice, and collaboration.
Between 2016 and 2018, I also had the pleasure of teaching and working with inspiring and engaging students at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. I am an associate member of the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture, where I served as postdoc rep on the Executive Board. For their support and inspiration, I am indebted to Paul Vickers (now Regensburg) and Katharina Stornig.
PhD, History Department, University of Pittsburgh, 2009-2015.
On 3 April 2015, I defended my PhD thesis “Destined or Doomed? Hungarian Dissidents and their Western Friends, 1973-1998.”
I am truly grateful to my advisor Gregor Thum and committee members Evelyn Rawski, Bill Chase, Jonathan Harris and Árpád von Klimó (CUA) for their patience and unceasing commitment to my PhD project. I would also like to thank Gabriella Ivács at the Open Society Archive, Ilse Lazaroms at the Center for Jewish History, and at the University of Pittsburgh Madalina Veres, Katja Wezel, and Pernille Røge for their comments and support.
At Pitt, I have had the great opportunity to teach early American, Russian and 20th century European history. I am sincerely grateful to Scott Smith, Lannie Hammond and Gregor Thum for sharing their teaching experiences. I am indebted to my students in “Western Civilization II” (spring 2015), “World War II in Europe” (fall 2014), and “Europe since 1945” (spring 2014). They have been my greatest motivation and inspiration.
Thanks to the encouragement of then DAAD professor Árpád von Klimó, I arrived in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2009. With the generous support of a Social Science Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, I spent the academic year 2011-2012 in Europe doing extensive research in Hungary, Germany, Austria, the U.S., the Czech Republic, Croatia, and France. While in Budapest, I could rely once more on support from my dear friends Zsófia Lóránd, Stevo Ðurašković as well as staff and faculty at the Central European University .
MA, Central European University in Budapest, 2006-2007.
In 2007, I graduated from the Central European University in Budapest/ Hungary. I wrote my Master’s thesis on “Monument discourse and the Hungarian case: Competing political interpretations in Budapest’s monuments for the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.” I have been very fortunate to have received kind support and generous advice from professors István Rév and Balázs Trencsényi, who despite my initial ignorance and naïvité helped me with a project that originally I neither knew nor understood much about.
A group of extraordinary friends, among them Zsófia Lóránd, Stevo Đurašković, Danilo Šarenać, Uku Lember and Sinziana Paltineanu, and several outstanding professors initiated me to the history of Central Europe. They also inspired me to pursue my dissertation on the complex history of this region. I am grateful for the inspiration from my mentors István Rév, László Kontler, Alfred Rieber, Constantin Iordachi, Nadia al-Bagdadi and Balázs Trencsényi.
BA, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), 2003-2006.
In 2006, after four semesters at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)/ Germany, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Cultural and Social Sciences. Professor Gangolf Hübinger and Dr. Klaus Große Kracht (then at the Center for Contemporary History, Potsdam) advised me on my undergraduate thesis on “Tannenberg. Aufstieg und Fall eines deutschen Erinnerungsortes“ [Tannenberg. Rise and Fall of a German lieu de mémoire].
Having grown up in a wealthy town near Bonn, the former capital of West Grmany, I embraced the change of living in Frankfurt (Oder), approx. 60 miles east of Berlin on the Polish border. Dear friends taught me more than one could ever learn from textbooks about growing up in the GDR and the hardships that have hit the city since 1990. The founding idea of the Viadrina that sought to integrate the unified Germany and its eastern neighbors intrigued me. I was lucky to witness the dynamic and progressive presidency of Prof. Gesine Schwan, whose vision and activism earned the university national and international renown.