Institute of Hungarian
Indiana University is home to a distinguished group of professors who
specialize in fields related to Hungarian studies. Below is a list of active and retired
professors and teachers who in the last few years have contributed to the quality and
prestige of Hungarian Studies at IU.
Specialization/Research Interests: Comparative Uralic linguistics; area linguistics; global linguistics; Uralic peoples and languages; history of the Hungarian language.
Major Publications: The Uralic Protolanguage : a Comprehensive Reconstruction, (Eurolingua, 1990); Müncheni Kodex (1466): a négy evangélium szövege és szótára, Décsy Gyula olvásata alapján a szöveget sajtó alá rendezte és a szótári részt készitette Szabó T. Ádám; (Budapest: Europa Könyvkiadó, 1985); Global Linguistic Connections, ed. Gyula Décsy. (Eurolingua, 1983).
Current Project(s): Turkic protolanguage
Courses Regularly Taught: Uralic peoples; Uralic languages; Folklore and Mythology of Siberian peoples; Mordvin language; Finno-Ugric and Siberian Mythology and Religion
Specialization/Research Interests: Mongolian and Inner Asiatic studies; languages and cultures including Old Uygur, Tibetan, Manchu, Evenki; Altaic Philology
Major Publications: Mongol Majar Toli, (Budapest: Terebess, 1998). 718 pp.;"Zhiyuan yiyu", in: Acta Orient Hung., XLIV(1990), pp. 279-314; Berliner Turfantexte VIII-VIII, (Berlin: Akademie, 1976, 1978), 112 and 148 pp. (With Peter Zieme); Books of the Mongol Nomads (in Russian), (Moscow: Nauka, 1972), 227 pp.; Chants d'un barde mongol, (Budapest: Akadémiai, 1970), 349 pp.
Current Projects: The Mongol and Manchu Manuscripts and Xylographs in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. A detailed description; Mediaeval Mongol Fragments in St. Petersburg. A new edition
Courses Regularly Taught: Classical Mongolian; Mongolian Literature & Folklore; Mongolian Paleography; Traditional Culture; Mongolian Dialects; Evenki Language
Specialization/Research Interests: American and European theatre in the 20th century. Theories of theatre and drama.
Courses Regularly Taught: Beginning Hungarian, Intermediate Hungarian and Advanced Hungarian.
Specialization: Instrumental Conducting
Conducting Repertoire: US conducting debut in 1973 with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Has conducted major orchestras in the USA and Europe such as New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Israel Philharmonic, St. Louis Opera, San Francisco Opera and Canadian Opera, Berlin State Opera, Dortmund Opera, and Frankfurt Opera.
Specialties/Research Interests: The rise and fall of cultural canons, Conservatism, Modernity and Populism in Hungarian Culture
Recent Publications: Epoche - Text - Modalitat : Diskurs der Moderne in der ungarischen Literaturwissenschaft, herausgegeben von Ernő Szabó und Mihály Szegedy-Maszák. (Tubingen: Niemeyer, 1999);Tanulmányok Kosztolányi Dezsőről. szerkesztette Kulcsar Szabó Ernő, Szegedy-Maszák Mihály. (Budapest: Anonymus, 1998);Irodalmi Kánonok [Literary Canons], (Debrecen: Csokonai Press, 1998); Mint a szőnyegen:a műértelmezés esélyei, (Budapest: Balassi Press, 1995); "Az irástudók felelősége Közép-Europában [The Responsibility of Intellectuals in Central Europe], " Alföld 46:4 (April 1995); Geza Ottlik, (Bratislava: Kalligram, 1994, monograph); "The Philosophy of Language in Dezső Kosztolányi," Alföld 45:8 (1994); "Romantic Drama in Hungary, " Romantic Drama, (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1994); "Conservatism, Modernity, and Populism in Hungarian Culture," Hungarian Studies 9:12 (1994).
Courses Regularly Taught: Hungarian Literature from its Beginnings to 1900, Modern Hungarian Literature, Hungary between 1890 and 1945; Hungary from 1945-Present, Hungarian Readings
Indiana University is also home to several East European specialists who assist IU students with research on Hungary.
Maria Bucur (assistant professor of history) specializes in contemporary East European history and regularly teaches courses related to Hungary, such as Eastern Europe 1918-present, Colloquium in East European History 1945-1989, and Body Politics: Gender in Modern Europe.
Jack Bielasiak (professor of political science) specializes in transitions to democracy and post-communist electoral systems. His courses include,
Owen Johnson (professor of journalism) researches mass media in East Central Europe.
Ilinca Zarifobol-Johnston, (associate professor of comparative literature) has taught a course entitled Writing Under Repression in Eastern Europe
Jean Robinson (professor of political science) does work on family reponses to state policies in post-socialist societies.
Beverly Stoeltje (professor of folklore) teaches nationalism, difference and gender in East Europe.
Specialization/Research Interests: Contemporary Hungarian history, Soviet-American relations, diplomatic and political history.
Major Publications: "Rollback, Liberation, Containment, or Inaction? US Policy and Eastern Europe in the 1950s.", Journal of Cold War Studies (Fall 1999); Megalkuvás es erőszak: Az egyesült Államok és szovjet térhóditás Magyarországon (1944-1949), (Debrecen:Kossuth University Press, 1997); "NATO expansion: a Hungarian perspective." (Maryland:Center for Political and Strategic Studies, 1997).
Courses Taught: Hungary between 1880 and 1945, Hungary from 1945 to the present, Hungarian Statesmen of the 19th Century, Hungarian Statesmen of the 20th Century.
Specialization/Research Interests: Intellectual History of Western Europe, Historiography of the Modern Times. Church History
Major Publications: Reformácio és történelmi hagyomány. A genfi reformáciokép történeti jelentésrétegei a XVI. és a XX. század között [Reformation and historical tradition. The Image of the Genevan Reformation and its historical perspectives from the 16th to the 20th century] Budapest, Osiris, 2001. "La naissance du "protestantisme genevois" au XIXe siecle." [The Birth of the Genevan Protestantism. The Beginnings of the Genevan 'Kulturprotestantismus'] Bulletin de la Societe de l`Histoire de la Archeologie de Genieve, 1999. "Magyary Zoltán és a tatai mintajárás közigazgatáspolitikai vonatkozásai." [Magyary Zoltán and the aspects of the administration-policy of the Model-District of Tatai.] Valoság [Reality]1998/11. "Protestantizmus és protestantizmuskép a XIX-XX. századi Franciaországban." [Protestantism and image of the protestants in the 19th-20th Century in France] Protestans Szemle 1996/4. "A történetiirás müvelödéstörteneti jelentösége a XX.századi fráncia historiográfia tükröben." [The importance of the Cultural History in the mirror of the 20th Century French Historical Writing.] Valoság 1995/8. "A moldvai magyarság kutatása a kilencvenes években." [Researches on Hungarians of Moldavia in the '90s.] Protestans Szemle, 1995/3.
Specialization/Research Interests: Intellectual History of 19th century Hungary.
Major Publications: The Social History of the Hungarian Intelligentsia 1825-1914, Atlantic Research and Publications and Columbia University Press Atlantic Studies on Society in Change 89 (New York, 1997); Pochwala Historii Powszechnej, (Warszawa, 1996) , 89-99. A jó polgár [The good citizen], co-authored & edited by János Mazsu. (Debrecen, 1996); "Kiváltság vagy közszolgáltatás - a magyar felsőoktatás" [Privilege or Public Service - The Hungarian Higher Education], Századvég, új folyam 1994/1, 117-130. "Industrialization and Alphabetization"; "Iparosodás és modernizáció" [Industralization & Modernization], edited by János Mazsu. (Debrecen, 1991).
Specialization/Research Interests: Diplomatic and political history, Interwar Hungary, István Bethlen, 20th century Hungarian history.
Major Publications: Magyarország története a XX. században, (Budapest: Osiris, 1999); Geopolitics in the Danube Region : Hungarian Reconciliation Efforts, 1848-1998, edited by Ignác Romsics and Béla K. Király. (Budapest:Central European University Press, c1999); Integraciós törekvések Közép és Kelet-Europában, (Budapest:Teleki László Foundation Press, 1997); Nemzet, nemzetiség és állam : Kelet-Közép- és Délkelet-Europában a 19. és 20. században, (Napvilág: Budapest, 1998); István Bethlen: a Great Conservative Statesman of Hungary, 1874-1946. translated by Mario D. Fenyő. (Boulder, Colo. : Social Science Monographs ; Highland Lakes, N.J. : Atlantic Research and Publications ; New York :Distributed by Columbia University Press, 1995).
Specialization: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Ottoman History; Hungarian History; Ottoman Philology
Recent Publication: "A hatvani szandzsák adóösszeírása 1570-böl: Defter-i mufassal-i Liva-i Hatvan. Hatvan: Hatvany Lajos Múzeum," 14 (1998); Pashas, Begs and Effendis: A Historical Dictionary of Titles and Terms in the Ottoman Empire, (Istanbul: The Isis Press, 1997); "The Hungarian Letters of Ali Pasha of Buda: 1604-1616," Bibliotheca Orientalis Hungarica 36 (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1991); Alo Raun bibliography, compiled by Gustav Bayerle. (Koln : Brill, 1980); Ottoman Tributes in Hungary: According to Sixteenth Century Tapu Registers of Novigrad, (The Hague, Mouton, 1973).
Current Project(s): Historical sources of the Ottoman Empire
Specialization: European and American folklore and Hungarian-American identity.
Recent Publications: "A Calumet Vidék magzarságának nyelve és kultúrája." in Andrew Vázsonyi and Miklós Kontra's Túl a Kecegárdán. Calumet vidéki magyar szótár. (Budapest, 1995); Hungarian Folktales: The Art of Zsuzsanna Palkó. (New York, 1994); "Rituals of Dissent: A Participant Observer's Musing at the Funeral of Imre Nagy," Narodna umjetnost 30, 1993.; "The Institutional Application of Folklore in Hungary. Hungarian Studies 6/2, 1990; "Uses of Folklore as Expression of Identity by Hungarians in the Old and New Country." Journal of Folklore Research 21, 1984; "Kakasd Revisited: Ethnicity and Folklore Revival." New Hungarian Peasants: An East Central European Experience with Collectivization. ed. M. Hollós and B.C. Máday. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1983); "The Ethnicity of Hungarian-Americans." Fifth International Congress of Finno-Ugrists. (Turku, 1980); "Two letters from Home." Journal of American Folklore. 91, 1979; Four Lives: People in the Tobacco Belt,(1975).
Specialization: International business; economic transformation and business culture of formerly centrally planned economies.
Recent Publications: "Hungary's Economic Transformation, 1990-1998," in Aurel Braun and Zoltan Barany (eds.), Dilemmas of Transformation: The Hungarian Experience (New York: Roman and Littlefield, 1999); Transforming the Core: Restructuring Industrial Enterprises in Russia and Central Europe, Co-author. (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996); "GE Acquires and Restructures Tunsgram: The First Six Years (1990-1995)," Co-author. Trends and Policies in Privatization, Vol. III, No.1 (1996); "Comparative Privatization and Restructuring in Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic, 1989-1995," In Ivan Berend (ed.), Long-Term Structural Changees in East Central Europe (Munich and Los Angeles: Sudosteuropa Gesellschaft and UCLA); "Sustainable Forint Convertibility for Hungary : What Type, and When and How to Introduce it," edited and written by Gábor Oblath and Paul Marer. (Indianapolis: Hudson Institute, 1992).
Specialization/Research Interests: Philosophy and American studies, contemporary Hungary.
Specialization: Linguistics and semiotics studies.
Recent Publications: American Signatures : Semiotic Inquiry and Method, edited by Iris Smith , (University of Oklahoma Press, c1991); Semiotics in the United States, (Indiana University Press, c1991); Contributions to the Doctrine of Signs, (Maryland: University Press of America, c1985); The Play of Musement, (Indiana: Indiana University Press, c1981); How Animals Communicate, edited by Thomas A. Sebeok. (Indiana University Press, c1977); Current Trends in Linguistics, edited by Thomas A. Sebeok. (The Hague, Mouton, 1963-1976); Myth: a Symposium, (Pennsylvania: American Folklore Society, 1955); Spoken Hungarian, (New York: Holt, c1944-45); Spoken Hungarian, Basic Course: Guide's Manual, (Published for the U.S. Armed Forces Institute by the Linguistic Society of America and the Intensive Language Program, American Council of Learned Societies, 1945).
Specialization: Uralic and Altaic history.
Major Publications: Studies in Medieval Inner Asia. (London: Ashgate-Veriorum, 1997); Essays on Uzbek History, Culture, and Language, edited by Bakhtiyar A. Nazarov and Denis Sinor with Devin DeWeese. (Indiana University, Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 1993);Essays in Comparative Altaic Linguistics. (Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Studies, 1990); The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia, edited by Denis Sinor. (Cambridge University Press; New York, 1990); Aspects of Altaic Civilization III : Proceedings of the Thirtieth Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, June 19-25, 1987, edited by Denis Sinor. (Bloomington: Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Indiana University, 1990); Tanulmanyok, (Budapest: Akademiai Kiado, 1982); Modern Hungary : Readings from the New Hungarian Quarterly, edited by Denis Sinor. (Indiana University Press, c1977.); History of Hungary, (New York: A. Praeger, 1959).
The Institute would like to pay special tribute to two distinguished professors of Music, György Sebök and Jean Sinor, who passed away in 1999. Their personal dedication and outstanding achievements touched the lives of many students, colleagues and friends. Both individuals will be greatly missed at Indiana University.
|György Sebök (1922-1999)||Jean Sinor (1946-1999)|
Below is a list of current graduate students at IU who specialize in subjects related to Hungary.
Below is a partial list of alumni who specialized in subject(s) related to Hungary while attending Indiana University. In selected cases, quotes about alumni experiences at IU are included.
IU URAL MA June 1966, thesis: Hungarian-Slovak Relations to Trianon: The Feasibility
IU CEUS MA 2001
IU REEI MA, 1996, essay: Slovaks and Hungarians in the Slovak
Republic: A Case Study in Nationalist Politics. Jennifer Baker is currently working
for private business in Indianapolis.
IU SLIS MLS 1998. Zoltán Balázs was a Debrecen exchange participant 1988-89.
IU CEUS MA, 1999, SPEA M.P.A., 1999, thesis: Making Way for a New
Era: The Downfall of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party. Charles Bankart is
currently working as Program Manager/Assistant Director at the IU Office of International
"Aside from joining the U.S. Peace Corps after college, I would
have to say that the best life-decision I have made, from both a professional and personal
perspective, was to pursue a double Masters degree in Hungarian Studies and Public Affairs
at IU. While people often do not see the connection between the two, I have found that the
deeper cultural/historical/political background that I acquired from a rigorous area
studies program, combined with the practical tools of a professional degree program, have
given me a level of sensitivity, awareness, and well-rounded competency that both enhances
my professional life and the personal benefits that I derive from my work. I highly
recommend such a course of study!" 4/19/2000
IU URAL MA, 1970; CMLT Ph.D., 1983, MA thesis: Emperor Joseph II:
Tragic Hero of Two Hungarian Historical Dramas; dissertation: Hungarian Grotesque-Absurd
Drama: Contacts and Parallels with Western Theatre of the Absurd to 1972. Gizelle
Matulef became a high school teacher in California after completing her IU degree.
IU BUS MBA, 1992. Andrew Bergher lived and worked in Hungary from 1993 to 1996 and now does corporate finance consulting for Ernst & Young in Munich, Germany.
IU URAL MA 1977; Library Science MLS, 1979, thesis: A Survey of
Hungarian Language Teaching Materials in English. Roger Blaine is working at the
Bittersweet branch of the Mishewaka Public Library in Indiana.
IU URAL Ph.D., 1982, MA thesis: Literary Trends in Hungary During
the Hunyádi Era; dissertation: Social Change and Creativity in Late Nineteenth Century
Hungary. Dr. András Boros-Kazai is Associate Professor at Beloit College.
IU URAL MA 1975, thesis: Western Travelers to Hungary in the Sixteenth Century.
Mary Boros-Kazai is working at the registrar's office at Beloit College.
IU POLS MA, 1985. Dennis Bowden served on the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest in
the early 1990s.
IU URAL Ph.D. 1979, dissertation: The Emancipation of the Peasants of North Hungary
in 1848: A Study in Social Reform and Nationalism.
IU CEUS MA, 1998, thesis: Uncovering Hungarian Music of the Ancient Past.
IU URAL Ph.D., 1971, thesis: Native Hungarian Words of Ob-Ugric and of Older Origin.
Director of the Kazakh and Kyrgyz Services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberation.
IU CEUS MA, 1994, thesis: Re-examining Trianon: Eduard Benes and the Determination
of the Hungarian-Slovak Frontiers.
IU ECON Ph.D., 1983; REEI Cert. 1983, thesis: A Comparison of
Foreign Trade Decision-making in Poland and Hungary. Dr. Keith Crane is CEO of
"Indiana University's stellar reputation for expertise on Central and Eastern Europe, especially Hungary, has greatly contributed to my career. Because of the support of Professor Paul Marer and Professor Robert Campbell, I received an IREX Fellowship to conduct my dissertation research in Hungary and Poland. My expertise on Central Europe enabled me to obtain a position at the RAND Corporation after completing my Ph.D. At RAND, I remained heavily involved in evaluating the Hungarian economy and society, especially the incipient moves towards transforming the Communist government that gathered force in the late 1980s. During this period, I retained close ties with IU, hosting a number of Hungarian economists at RAND who were referred to me by Professor Marer.
I am currently Chief Operating Officer of PlanEcon, Inc., an economic
consultancy specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics. We
have been heavily involved in a small way in many of the major investments in Central and
Eastern Europe. The skills and knowledge I developed at IU have stood me in good stead at
PlanEcon. They enabled me to write a key analysis of Hungarian electric power and gas
distribution companies just as the companies were sold on the Hungarian stock market.
I continue to be heavily involved in Hungary. PlanEcon provide economic analysis on Hungary on a monthly basis, analysis that is purchased by most major investment banks. I am currently involved in investing in a credit-rating agency in Hungary in conjunction with the World Bank and Duff and Phelps, a leading U.S. credit rating agency. I have been blessed with a rich and interesting career, none of which would have been possible without the training and connections to Hungary made possible by IU programs." 4/28/00
IU, BUS Ph.D., 2000. Dr. Wade Danis is currently assistant business
professor at Marquette University.
"The Hungarian studies program at IU has been an integral part of my educational experience since I began my Ph.D. studies at the business school in 1995, after working for two years in Hungary. Because my research involves Hungarian-Western business relations, it is important for me professionally to supplement my business training with instruction in Hungarian language, history, and culture. The result is that my otherwise narrow perspective is broadened by interaction with faculty and classmates from a variety of disciplines. Through my involvement with Hungarian studies I have had access to intellectual and financial resources that have positively impacted my career. These include an outstanding library, IU-sponsored conferences where I can present and discuss my work, and financial support for field research in Hungary. Tangible results of my involvement with the IU program have included teaching positions in Budapest, Warsaw, and Sarajevo, as well as several publications. My wife Ildikó (who is Hungarian) and I are also active participants in the many social and cultural events sponsored by the Hungarian studies program. Our involvement with the Hungarian community at IU helps ease the pain we feel when we are away from our beloved Hungary for long periods, and has resulted in a number of personal friendships. Our experience has been tremendously gratifying, both professionally and personally."
IU CEUS MA, 1998. Leslie Davis is the coordinator of International
Studies and visiting associate professor of international studies at Wabash College.
"Like many of my classmates, I came into the Hungarian Studies program after having spent a few years in Hungary. The Hungarian language instructors at IU are always first-rate and taking Hungarian here finally allowed me to pin down many of the more difficult aspects of the language that I didn't have time to learn when I was in Hungary. When I went back to Hungary after a year of studying the language at IU, my friends said, "most értesz mindent!"--now you understand everything!"
IU JD, 1970. Stephen Eastham worked as an adviser to the Hungarian state property
agency in the early 1990s.
IU URAL MA 1976, thesis: Frigyes Karinthy: His Search for Objectivity as Reflected
in Six Major Works.
IU BUS Ph.D., 1982. Dr. John Garland is a professor at University of Kansas.
IU LING MA, 1992; still working on PhD. Mark Garton was a Debrecen exchange participant
IU POLS Ph.D., 1965; REEI Cert, 1962, thesis: The Populist Current in Hungarian
Politics, 1935-1944. Dr. Charles Gati is currently a professor of Political Science.
IU REEI MA, 1989, essay: How Reform Affects Defense Priorities: The Case of Hungary.
Shaun Gelsinger is working as an analyst for the Department of Defense.
IU POLS Ph.D., 1965. Dr. George Graham spent 1995 on a Fulbright in Budapest, currently
Professor at Vanderbilt University.
IU REEI MA, 1995, essay: Hungarian Exile Movement in the United
States During WWII and the American Response. Brad Gutierrez is serving as a major in
the United States Air Force, and is completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at UC San
IU CEUS MA, 1969, thesis: The Mongol Invasions of Hungary.
IU URAL MA 1993, thesis: The Syntax of the Mosha Lative Cases in
Contrast with their Hungarian Counterparts based on H. Passonen's Text Collections.
IU URAL MA, 1979, thesis: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: His Early Life in Hungary 1895-1919.
IU URAL MA, 1972; Hungarian Linguistics Ph.D., 1974, thesis: The
Idea of 'Ability' as Expressed in Hungarian and English: A Contrastive Study.
IU SLIS MA, 1966; History MA, 1968. Dr. László Kovács is a retired
subject librarian and professor at Purdue University. Fellow, IU Institute of Hungarian
IU SLIS MLS 1989. Timothy Larson works in Indiana University library cataloguing.
IU SLAV MA 1993, IU CEUS MA 1996, thesis: The Harmonization of Slavic Loanwords in
IU BUS Ph.D., 1962).
IU URAL MA 1972, thesis: Excerpts from the Synopsis Historiarum of Ioannes Scylitzes
Concerning the Pechenegs: Translations and Commentary.
IU URAL MA, 1977, thesis: A Grammatical Analysis of Selected Hungarian Historical
IU SLIS MIS, 2000. Tim Martin is currently working for marchFIRST as a Web
Developer/Consultant in Indianapolis, Indiana.
IU URAL Ph.D. 1975, dissertation: The Evolution of the Socialist 'New Man' in
Hungary. A Study of Political Socialization of the post-1956 Generation.
IU REEI MA, 1997, essay: The Evolution of a Refugee Protection
System: Hungary, a Case Study. Allison Mindel is a program officer at the Institute
for Sustainable Communities in Montpelier, Vermont.
IU URAL Ph.D., 1991, dissertation: Babits on Ady: A Study in Hungarian Literary
IU HIST Ph.D., 1989; REEI Cert, 1981, dissertation: Battling Bishops:
Religion and Politics in Transylvania on the Eve of the Ausgleich. Dr.
James Niessen wrote and defended his dissertation under the guidance of
Professor György Ránki and was a Debrecen exchange participant in spring
1987 when Ránki gave a talk there about his career as an historian. He
is currently World History Librarian in the Alexander Library at Rutgers
University and responsible for the university's Hungarian collections.
Within H-Net he is the lead editor of the HABSBURG list for East Central
European history and also Vice President for Research and Publications
of that organization.
IU POLS Ph.D., 1994, dissertation: Revolution From Within: The
Hungarian Socialist Worker's Party`Reform Circles' and the Transition From Socialism.
Dr.Patrick O'Neil is currently a professor of Political Science.
IU URAL Ph.D., 1980, dissertation: German Loan Words in Estonian, Finnish, and
IU REEI MA, 1993, essay: From the Alfold to the Carpathians: A
History of the Railroad Between Debrecen and Yasinya. Jeff Pennington is Assistant
Director and Outreach Coordinator of the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center
at Indiana University.
IU URAL MA, 1968, thesis: The English Equivalents of Hungarian Már.
IU URAL Ph.D. 1987, dissertation: The Effects of Ottoman Expansionism on Hungarian
State Policy, 1365-1526.
IU URAL Ph.D., 1995, dissertation: The Serbs of Hungary Ethnicity and Government
Policy in a Transitional Society. Kristina Rusnik is currently an associate professor
at University of Szeged.
IU HIST Ph.D., 1971, dissertation: Hungary and the Coming of the
European Crisis, 1937-1938. Dr. Thomas Sakmyster is professor of history at the
University of Cincinnati, concentrates on international relations, foreign policy and
"During my graduate work in History at IU, the Hungarian Studies program offered me a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the study of Hungary - its language, history, culture, and much more. No other program in the United States has offered such a comprehensive and thorough training in Hungarian Studies." 4/21/00
IU FOLK MA, 1974. Marsha Siefert is Director of Communication Studies at Central
European University, Budapest.
IU REEI MA, 1998, essay: The Hungarian Transformation 1989-1997: A Personal
Perspective of the Political, Economic, and Social Changes.
IU ECON Ph.D., 1989; REEI Cert, 1989, dissertation: Economic Reform:
a Comparison of the Polish and Hungarian Experiences. Dr. Benjamin Slay is Senior
Researcher at PlanEcon.
"My interest in Hungary really began at IU, when I participated in the IU-UConn social science exchange program at Kossuth Lajos Egyetem in the summer of 1982. Upon my return to Bloomington that fall I began three years of Hungarian language study at IU. This allowed me to develop proficiency that was sufficient to conduct my Hungarian dissertation research - which was funded by IREX and Fulbright grants - in Budapest during 1986-1987. The films, lectures, and many other aspects of IU's Hungarian studies program played a key role in the development of my understanding of Hungary and things Hungarian. I have never been too far from research on the Hungarian economy since my dissertation defense in 1989. During the 1990s I wrote on macroeconomic stabilization, privatization, and the development of competition policy in Hungary for a number of publications. Since coming to PlanEcon in 1998 I have had the opportunity to be PlanEcon's primary specialist on the Hungarian economy. Without IU's Hungarian Studies program, none of this would have happened."
IU URAL MA 1982, thesis: Hungarian-Turkish Relations, 16th Century. Theodore
Unwin was a Debrecen exchange participant fall 1986-87.
IU CEUS MA, 1994, thesis: The Image of Admiral Horthy in Historiography.
IU CEUS MA 1998, thesis: Motherhood, Church and the "Shield of
Christendom": The Marian Nationalism of József Cardinal Mindszenty. Daniel is
currently a doctoral student in Bloomington.
IU CEUS MA, 1994, thesis: Nicolae Ceaucescu and the Hungarian Minority in Romania:
1965-1989. James White works in the Pentagon.
IU POLS Ph.D., 1999, dissertation: The European Union, Regime Change and the State:
Hungary and Spain Compared.
IU HIST Ph.D. 1991, dissertation: Hungarian Plans for Danubian Organization,
1849-1925. Samuel Wilson was a Debrecen exchange participant 1987-88.
IU URAL MA, 1966, thesis: An Analysis of A Tardi Hélyzet, The Situation in Tard.
IU SPEA MPA, 1996. Michael Zwecker taught English in Hungary for two years prior to coming to IU. He now lives and works in Budapest as a Training Specialist for Euronet Worldwide, a financial services software company.