Year of enrollment: 2011/2012
I am currently a second year PhD candidate, in the Comparative Politics track. My work focuses on income inequality in advanced industrial democracies, and how this phenomenon impacts patterns of political participation and democratic representation in these countries. I also try to keep a secondary interest in data visualization, and how it can help make complex political problems and choices understandable to as wide of an audience as possible.
I obtained my BA degree in Political Science from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Graduate work in political science was pursued at the Central European University (Budapest, 2008/2009), and at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) in 2009/2011.
Junior Research FellowYear of enrollment: 2009/2010
Diana E. Burlacu is a PhD Student at the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations, Central European University, Political Science, Budapest and an Early Stage researcher at ELECDEM (Training Network in Electoral Democracy funded by the European Commission 7th FP) since September 2009. She holds a MA in Political Behaviour from the University of Essex, UK and a BA in Political Science from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between voting behaviour and the quality of governance. Research interests: voting behavior, public opinion, comparative politics, and quantitative methods.
Year of enrollment: 2010/2011
Mihail Chiru is a PhD Candidate in the Comparative Politics track since October 2010. He holds a BA in politics from the Bucharest University and a MA in political science from the CEU, with a certificate in electoral politics.
He published several articles and book reviews in journals such as European Union Politics, European Political Science Review, CEU Political Science Journal and The Romanian Journal of European Affairs.
His main academic interests are located in the fields of legislative studies (legislative recruitment, roll-call analysis, party discipline), and voting behavior.
Since October 2010 he is a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC)
Zsolt Enyedi received four M.A.’s in comparative social sciences, history, sociology and political science (from the University of Amsterdam, ELTE University, and Central European University) and a PhD in political science (from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). The focus of his research interests is on party politics, comparative government, church and state relations, and political psychology (especially authoritarianism, prejudices and political tolerance). He published more than fifty articles and book chapters, and (co)authored two and coedited three volumes on these topics.
Levente (Levi) received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006 where he also studied Survey Research and Methodology. He has held visiting positions in the US, Croatia and Hungary and taught a number of workshops on applied statistical topics. Predominantly a methodologist, Levi’s research strives to find new analytical strategies to complex problems in any field of science. Past research has included evolutionary game theory through agent based models and macro-comparative assessment of the relationship between corruption and democratic performance. Current work focuses on the genetics of social and political behavior. Active member of APSA, ISPP, Behavior Genetics Association and the International Society for Twin Studies. Levi also plays mandolin in a bluegrass group.
Oana Lup received her BA in Philosophy from Bucharest University and her MA in Political Science from Central European University, Budapest. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Political Science, International Relations, and Public Policy. Her PhD dissertation investigates the relevance of personal social networks for individual political behaviour and knowledge. Her main research interests are political behaviour, social capital, and quantitative research methods.
Oana has worked as a researcher on various European-funded projects and excellence networks: INTUNE, CONNEX, and Civicactive.
She has recently published a chapter in the Routledge edited book 'Political Discussion in Modern Democracies: A comparative perspective' (http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415548458/).
Visiting LecturerPhD Student, Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Imperfections in DemocraciesYear of enrollment: 2006/2007
Kristin Makszin is teaching Research Design and Methods in IR. She is a PhD candidate near completion at the Political Science and International Relations departments and specializes in political economy. Kristin's research applies both quantitative and qualitative methods, especially how to use quantitative methods in social science for researching topics with limited available data or limited number of cases. Her dissertation research investigates the characteristics of the political parties in government for determining instances of reform and continuity of welfare states in Central and Eastern Europe. She also teaches statistics and political science at McDaniel College Budapest and has worked as a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Imperfections in Democracies (DISC) at CEU.
Year of enrollment: 2012/2013
I have a BA and an MA in comparative politics from the University of Tartu (Estonia) and I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Central European University's Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations. My present work is mostly focused on how we should think of and measure the political differences between parties.
Teaching AssistantPhD StudentYear of enrollment: 2009/2010
Sebastian has an MA in Political Science from the Political Science Department at CEU. His research covers a variety of topics such as: the determinants of political information; the role that political knowledge plays in voting behavior; measurement of political information; data quality; and the influence of genetics on political attitudes and behavior. The common denominator of all these projects lies in the fact that they all are based on the analysis of large datasets.
Year of enrollment: 2008/2009
David Pupovac is a PhD Candidate in the Comparative Politics track. He holds a BA in philosophy from the Belgrade University and a MA in political science from the CEU, with a certificate in electoral politics. His main academic interests are the ideology and types of European radical right parties; the electoral support of radical right parties; voting behavior; electoral systems; political methodology and especially quantitative methods (clustering methodology, hierarchical models and time series/panel data analysis).
ProfessorRecurrent Visiting Professor at CEUHead, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Eotvos Lorand UniversityAffiliate Professor, Department of Statistics, The University of Washington
Tamas Rudas is Dr. rer. nat. (mathematics), Eötvös Loránd University; Candidate of Science (mathematics), Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He completed his Habilitation (sociology), Eötvös Loránd University and holds a Széchenyi Professorship. He is also a Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (sociology). Tamas Rudas had visiting positions at Pennsylvania State University; University of Toledo; Educational Testing Service, Princeton; Center for Surveys, Methodology and Analysis, Mannheim; Fields Institute, Toronto; University of Graz; Central Archive for Empirical Social Research, Koeln; University of Erfurt; University of Ljubljana; and the University of Washington. His research interests are in multivariate statistics, analysis of categorical data, survey methodology, and applied statistics.
PhDYear of enrollment: 2009/2010
Daniela is a Doctoral Candidate at Political Science Department, Comparative Politics track.
ProfessorHead of Department
Gabor's research interest is primarily in the interaction between voting behavior and the performance of democratic institutions. He is also interested in public opinion, survey methodology, and East European politics. He is co-author of Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and author or co-author of over five dozen articles on electoral behaviour, public opinion, political parties and democratic consolidation in edited volumes, political science and sociology journals.
Paul is a Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow and a PhD candidate in the Comparative Politics track since October 2009. He received his MA from CEU in July 2009, with a major in research methodology. He is currently investigating the effect of the citizens' level of political literacy on their political attitudes and voting behavior. His main research interest is in political behavior (mostly voting behavior), but he is also interested in quantitative research methodology and in the emerging field of behavioral genetics.