Andrea Peto


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Andrea Peto is a Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Vienna, Austria, and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

In 2005, she was awarded the Officer’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary by the President of the Hungarian Republic and the Bolyai Prize by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2006. In 2018 she was awarded the All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values and in 2022 University of Oslo Human Rights Award.

She is Doctor Honoris Causa of Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. 

She is teaching courses on European comparative social and gender history, gender and politics, women’s movements, qualitative methods, oral history, and the Holocaust.  Author of 7 monographs, editor of 31 volumes, and 327 articles and chapters in books published in 23 languages. Her articles have appeared in leading journals including East European Politics and Society, Feminist Theory, NORA, Journal of Women’s History, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Clio, Baltic Worlds, European Politics and Society, International Women’s Studies Forum, Central European History, Nashim, Immigrants and Minorities, Comparative Migration Studies, Politics and Governance, Journal of Genocide Research, Contemporary European History, Journal of Intelligence History.

She wrote a chapter in the main Handbooks of her field: Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism  (2021), The Routledge Handbook of Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia. (2021), Handbuch Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung (2018), The Cambridge Global Handbook of Sexuality (forthcoming in 2024)  and edited the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, Gender/ War (2017).

She is on the editorial board of 7 international and 2 Hungarian academic journals including Women's Studies International Forum and Contemporary European History. She also serves as an associate editor for The European Journal of Women’s StudiesShe is the editor in chief of East European Holocaust Studies.

She is serving on the Scientific Council of Foundation of Progressive Studies, the European Feminist Platform  of the Böll Foundation in Brussels, in Vienna, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, Kiev, European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI), Amsterdam.

Peto is an anchor of the influential podcast series in English, Hungarian and German about the history and memory of the Second World War available on CEU Podcast Library. With colleagues, she is regularly discussing in the podcast series by the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Center entitled: Sleepwalking on assault on democracy and Standing up to the Assault on Democracy challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world today.

She has also been a guest professor at the universities of Toronto, Buenos Aires, Novi Sad, Stockholm, Frankfurt, and Jerusalem. She was a distinguished fellow at the Institute of Contemporary History, München, and ZIF of the University of Bielefeld.

Her recent monograph is Forgotten Massacre: Budapest 1944. (DeGruyter, 2021) and The Women of the Arrow Cross Party. Invisible Hungarian Perpetrators in the Second World War. (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2020). Das Unsagbare erzählen (Wallstein Verlag, 2021). She is the author, with Ildikó Barna, of Political Justice in Budapest after WWII (2015) and co-editor, with Ayşe Gül Altınay, of Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories: Feminist Conversation on War, Genocide and Political Violence (2016) and edited the volume on War in the Interdisciplinary Handbook: Gender series (Macmillan, 2017).

She has an extensive list of publications in internationally renowned e-journals as OpenDemocracy, Queries, Social Europe, Political Critique, Conversations, The Huffington Post, Der Standard, Project Syndicate, Geschichte de Gegenwart, Public Seminar, Le Monde, Haaretz, University World News, Eurozine, TheLoop and on popular blogs in Hungarian as Galamus, AzonnaliDinamo, Kettős Mérce, Mandiner, Qubit contributing to the discussion on progressive politics.

She served as a coordinator of training as a Core Group Member of GenderSte, COST Network of Women in Science, Technology and Environment and member of Horizon2020 Societal Challenge Advisory Group (2014-2016, 2016-2018) and as a member and Vice Chair of Advisory Group on Gender (2014-2016, 2016-2018). She also served as a board member (2009-2014), and co-president (2011-2014) of Atgender, The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation.

In the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, she was the chair of the subcommittee on the history of Second Word War and, member of the Presidential Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on Female Researcher’s and Life Course and the Committee on History of Life Sciences. She served in the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (2018-2021).



Dr. Sc. Doctor of Science, 2014, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Dr. habil. Contemporary history, Eötvös University, Budapest, 2005
Ph.D. (Doctor universitatis) summa cum laude, in Contemporary history, Eötvös University, Budapest, 2000
Doctor universitatis (Ph.D) Summa cum laude, in Contemporary history, Eötvös University, Budapest, 1992
M.A. sociology, Marx University of Economics, Budapest, 1989 with honours
M.A. history, culture and civilization, State Licence, 1987 with honours, Eötvös University, Budapest

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