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I’m a DPhil Candidate in Politics, at St Cross College, supervised by Professor Gwendolyn Sasse.
I have long been intrigued by the question of how best to manage ethnic diversity in our increasingly multicultural societies – diverse with ‘old’ and ‘new’ minorities. I have tied this interest into the context of post-communist Eastern Europe for my doctoral dissertation. My research focuses on the Hungarian minority in Central and Eastern Europe: I am comparing the persistence and change of autonomy claims which Hungarian minority elites have made in Romania and Slovakia since 1990, looking at the role of kin-state influence, European pressures and domestic party politics. I was also a visiting doctoral student at the Central European University's (CEU) Nationalism Program in Budapest, Hungary from January - August 2017.
I completed my BA in Political Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I also hold an MPhil in European Politics & Society from Oxford (Merton college). My thesis compared two contrasting minority rights approaches: that of France towards its Muslim minorities and that of Hungary towards its Roma minority. I did this across the policy fields of education and political representation.
Before beginning my doctorate, I spent a few years working in Geneva for the UN’s International Labour Organization, as well as for its Budapest office. I worked on issues touching on employment and education, including a focus on the Roma. I’m keen to maintain a link between the ivory tower and policy world, and to pass on good research and analytical skills to students whom I will teach.
Teaching specialism, interests and experience
In 2017-18 I am teaching:
- Politics of Europe (undergraduate)
- Politics of the European Union (undergraduate)
- Qualitative Methods - NVivo (graduate research methods workshop for Politics Department)
- NVivo Up & Running (IT Learning Centre)
- NVivo Data Analysis & Professional Practice (IT Learning Centre)
I have also completed different professional development trainings including:
- Research Integrity Training
- Admissions Interview Training
- Springboard Development Programme
And additional methods training:
- European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) – Nvivo for Qualitative Data Analysis; July 2017
- ILO Training “School to work transition data analysis for evidence-based policy intervention for youth employment”; July 2014
Best Doctoral Student Paper Award on Central Europe: ASN World Convention, New York May 2018
DPIR Norman Chester Fund 2017
Scatcherd Scholar at CEU - January - August 2017
DPIR Studentship 2015-2017
- Information Note, “Training for Rural and Economic Empowerment (TREE)”, International Labour Organization, 2017.
- Internal Background Paper, "Promoting Decent Work Opportunities for Roma in Central and Eastern Europe", International Labour Organization, Budapest, 2015.
- Working Paper “Comparative Analysis of Youth Employment Policies in Asia and the Pacific”, International Labour Organization, Bangkok, 2015.
- Book Review “Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation” Edited by S. Clarke, R. Powell, and J. Savulescu 2013, New Blackfriars, September 2014.
- Book Review “God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide” by T.J. Howard 2011,New Blackfriars, May 2013.
- How to Protect Minorities: An Individual or Collective Approach? International Council on Human Rights Policy Blog, November 2011. http://www.ichrpblog.org/2011/11/how-to-protect-minorities-individual-or.html
Conference Papers and Presentations
- "The many faces of autonomy: Understanding variation in the Hungarian claims to autonomy in Slovakia", Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) World Convention, Columbia University, New York, USA, May 2018
- "The meaning of Hungarian Autonomy: Qualitative analysis of interviews and newspaper archives", Qualitative Hub, Department of Education, University of Oxford, April 2018.
- "Too Much or Too Little? The Hungarian Quest for Autonomy in Romania and Slovakia - Research Design", CEU's Conflict & Security Research Group, Budapest, Hungary, June 2017
- “Promoting decent work opportunities for Roma youth in Central and Eastern Europe”, panellist, Validation Workshop, International Labour Organization, Budapest, Hungary May 2016.
- “Research on Roma youth employment in Central and Eastern Europe”, Technical meeting, International Labour Organization, Geneva-Budapest July 2015.
- “What works for youth employment: Sharing policies from Asia and the Pacific”, International Labour Organization, Bangkok, Thailand September 2014.