Short CV/Education and training

Education and degrees

  • 1993
    Visiting Student, Vilnius University

  • 1994
    Visiting Student, University of Vienna

  • 1995
    Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, MA in His

  • 1996
    Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, MA in Literature and Linguistics

  • 1995 – 1996
    Central European University, Budapest MA in Central European History

  • 1996 – 1997
    School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, MA in Slavonic and East European Studies

  • 1997 – 2002
    Brasenose College, University of Oxford, D. Phil in Modern History


  • 2003 – 2005
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Department II. – Director Lorraine Daston)

  • 2005 – 2007
    Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Essex, Department of History

  • 2007 – 2008
    Research Fellow, Centro Incontri Umani, Ascona, Switzerland

  • 2008 – 2015
    Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Assistant Professor in History, University of Groningen

Fellowships and scholarships

  • 1993
    ELTE – Peregrinatio Scholarship, Vilnius University

  • 1994
    Scholarship of the Aktion Österreich-Ungarn, Vienna University

  • 1995 – 1996
    Soros foundation scholarship, Central European University, Budapest

  • 1996 – 1997
    Foreign Commonwealth Office Scholarship, University of London

  • 1997 – 2000
    Scatcherd European Scholarship, University of Oxford (‘Full scholarship’)

  • 2000 – 2001
    Research Fellowship, King’s College, London, History Department

  • 2001
    Research Fellowship, Herder-Institute, Marburg

  • 2002
    Mellon Research Fellowship, University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Study

  • 2003
    Visiting Fellow, National Europe Centre, Australian National University, Canberra

  • 2002 and 2005
    Junior Fellowship, Collegium Budapest

  • 2008 – 2009
    Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Free University, Berlin

  • 2017
    Fellowship in the Medical Humanities, Brocher Foundation, Geneva

Selected publications

  • Book: Historians and Nationalism: East-Central Europe in the Nineteenth Century, Oxford Historical Monographs, Oxford University Press, 2010, 352 pages, paperback edition 2013

  • Co-authored book: B. Trencsényi, M. Janowski, M. Baár, M. Falina, M. Kopeček: A History of Political Thought in East-Central Europe, Oxford University Press

    Volume I.: Negotiating Modernity in the ‘Long Nineteenth Century’, 2016, 720 pps.

  • Volume II.: ‘Negotiating Modernity in the Short Twentieth Century and Beyond’, forthcoming in 2017

  • Selected articles: Historiography/political thought: ‘Echoes of the Social Contract in Central and Eastern Europe, 1770-1825’, in Avi Lifschitz (ed.), Engaging with Rousseau: Reception and Interpretations from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 95-113.

  • ‘Academic Competitions in National History’, in Ilaria Porciani and Jo Tollebeek (eds.) Writing the Nation. Vol. II. Institutions, Networks and Communities of National History: Comparative Approaches, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 165-182.

  • ‘East-Central European Historical Writing, 1800-0945’, The Oxford History of Historical Writing (general editor Daniel Woolf), Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 326-348.

  • Counter-factual history:

    Abraham Viskaski. The Patriarch of the Ruritanian Nation, Storia della Storiografia 54 (2008), 2-30.

  • History of disability: ‘Disability and Civil Courage under State Socialism: the Scandal about the Hungarian Guide Dog School’, Past and Present in 227:1 (May, 2015), 179-203.

  • History of animals/disability: ‘Prosthesis for the Body and for the Soul: the Origins of Guide Dog Provision in Interwar Germany’, First World War Studies, special issue on Commemorating the Disabled Soldier, Vol. 6:1 (2015), 81-98, open access at

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Rethinking Disability: the Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Historical Perspective

  • History of Political Thought: Core group member of the project Negotiating Modernity: the History of Political Thought in East-Central Europe, ERC Starting Research Grant (principal investigator: Dr. Balázs Trencsényi, Central European University)

  • Eyes that Lead: the History of Guide Dogs for The Blind, project supported by a Wellcome Trust Small Grant in the Medical Humanities

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Nationalities Papers – Associate Editor

Additional qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Slavic languages, Latvian and Romanian

  • 'The Cognitive Dog: Savant or Slacker?', graduate-level course on animal behaviour, Harvard Extension School, Distance Education programme


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