PhD supervisors 2024-2025

Gender Studies faculty with specific calls for PhD students for 2024-25

The PhD program in Comparative Gender Studies at CEU invites applications that propose dissertation research across the broad and interdisciplinary field of gender studies. Below is a list of faculty who especially welcome new PhD students in specific fields of research to begin in academic year 2024/2025. However, the department's supervisory capacity is not limited to the faculty members below. For the full list of faculty and their profiles, please look HERE. Also, please note that applicants do not need to secure or decide on a supervisor in advance.

Erzsébet Barát

I am interested in supervising research projects that explore feminist debates about the politics of using the category of identity (collective and/or individual) in the context of contemporary neoliberalism’s political rationality. I am also seeking research projects that would make use of critical studies of discourse in exploring the relationship between meaning and ideology, predominantly concerning sexual citizenship and hate-speech in radical rightwing populism. I am also interested in projects studying neoliberal postfeminist femininities articulated in popular culture and media. 

Éva Fodor

I am interested in supervising dissertations with a social science orientation and an interest in how gender and gender inequality shape and are shaped by social and political regimes.   More specifically, my work is in the field of paid and unpaid work, social inequalities, the welfare state, poverty and social reproduction.  Currently, I work on the gig economy, on the transformation of paid and unpaid work after the pandemic and I am exploring new ways of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.  I can best supervise students who have a firm commitment to producing clearly formulated empirical research, which seeks to connect novel empirical findings to boarder social concepts.   

Andrea Pető

Besides topics of gender history, especially the intersection of memory, politics, and violence, I am interested in supervising dissertations addressing root causes and different forms of global attacks on equality in different historical periods. Applicants are encouraged to address the complex relationship between national, and transnational actors, the impact of digital activism, and how the intellectual legacy of anti-enlightenment movements and key thinkers are appropriated by these dark movements. I am particularly interested in proposals analyzing counter strategies, movements, and activists in the past and today. Topics exploring contested historical legacies and gendered forgetting are also welcome.

Judit Sandor

I am interested in supervising projects in a range of areas involving new developments in the complex relationships between science, law and gender; and the impact of emerging technologies on recent bioethical thinking. I am also familiar with biopolitical studies, and the connections between genes, gender and society. Within the framework of my current ERC Synergy Project,  I am involved in exploring comparative European history of bioethics and public health.

Elissa Helms

I welcome applicants with a background in anthropology or a related discipline who offer outstanding proposals on gender/sexuality and borders or belonging in relation to Europe, whiteness, race/racism, migrant/refugee status, or nationalisms. Research on gender and ethnicized war violence, NGOs, or activism can also be considered. I am especially interested in proposals grounded in ethnographic and discursive methods, including the incorporation of social media into ethnographic worlds. Regionally, I have most to offer students dealing with Bosnia-Herzegovina, former Yugoslavia, Central-Eastern Europe more broadly, or the Balkan Route of migration and the EU border regime. Particularly exciting would be a proposal from someone with the right language and cultural skills to do research among migrants and refugees trying to make it to the EU through the Balkan Route.