• Professor
    EC member of the Religious Studies Specialization, Director of the Religous Studies Program
    Director, CEU Institute for Advanced Study (as of August 1, 2015)

    Fields: Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, cultural, intellectual and religious History, Early Modern and Modern Period, history of the book and printing, gender and Islam.

    Nadia Al-Bagdadi is Professor of History, whose expertise is in the fields of Islamic, Middle Eastern, Late Ottoman, and Eastern Mediterranean Studies, at the Department of History at Central European University and co-founder of the Center for Religious Studies at CEU. She earned the degree of Dr. phil. in Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin in 1996. She held positions at the FU Berlin, Germany, and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon before joining Central European University in 2002.

  • University Professor
  • Assistant Professor

    Fields: Ottoman/Middle Eastern Studies, Comparative Empire, Social/Cultural History, Early Modern Period, Eastern Mediterranean, Modern Period.

    Tolga U. Esmer is an Assistant Professor of Ottoman, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and Balkan Studies in the Department of History at the Central European University. Dr. Esmer earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago in 2009. He is the author of several forthcoming articles, one of which entitled “Economies of Violence, Governance, and the Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Banditry in the Ottoman Empire, c. 1800” will come out in Past & Present (Oxford University) in August 2014.

  • Associate Professor
    Director, 2YR MA Program

    Karl Hall joined the History Department in 2003, where he teaches courses on Central and East European intellectual history. Trained at Harvard University as a historian of science, he has written primarily about Soviet physics. His research interests include industrial laboratories, intellectual property, and tacit knowledge; post-1945 transformations of East European scientific institutions; Western scientists as anthropologists and critics of the Soviet experiment; the history of the race concept in imperial Russia; national cultural historiographies of science in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Russia (as well as Austria and Germany) before 1945. Hall has held fellowships at the Dibner Institute (MIT) and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science (Berlin).

  • Associate Professor
    Director, History Department Doctoral Program Committee;
    Co-director, Pasts, Inc., Center for Historical Studies;
    Adjunct Associate Professor of History, Business School, BS Non-Business Areas, CEU


  • University Professor

    Born and educated in Budapest, Hungary, I also spent a fair amount of time for study, teaching or research in England, Scotland, North America, Germany and Italy. I have been a member of CEU's History Department since its first MA program in 1992 (and was its head from 1999-2005 and 2006-2008). My acedemic interests focus on intellectual history, especially political and historical thought, inter-cultural communication and reception, and more recently the history of scientific knowledge production, in the early-modern period and the Enlightenment.

  • Professor
    Professor emerita
  • Professor
    Director, Open Society Archives

    On leave in AY 2012-2013.

  • Professor
    Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania
    University Research Professor, CEU
  • Associate Professor
    Chair of Comparative Religious Studies

    Matthias Riedl is an associate professor of history and director of CEU’s Center for Religious Studies. He also holds the privately supported Chair of Comparative Religious Studies. Before coming to CEU Budapest, he taught at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and Duke University, Durham, USA. His research interest is the comparative history of religion, with a focus on the relation of religion and politics.

  • Associate Professor

    Marsha Siefert is a communications and cultural historian, with current research projects on nineteenth-century imperial telecommunications networks and cinematic diplomacy in the Cold War.

  • Associate Professor
    Head of the 1YMA Program

    Fields: Central Europe, Southeastern Europe/Balkans, Intellectual History, Modern Period, Transnational and Global History

    Balázs Trencsényi has been teaching at CEU since 2004. He also serves as Co-Director of Pasts, Inc., Center for Historical Studies. He is Associate Editor of East Central Europe, published by Brill. His main fields of interest are: history of political thought in Central and Southeastern Europe, history of historiography and nationalism studies. Currently he is Principal Investigator of the international research project, "Negotiating Modernity. History of Modern Political Thought in East Central Europe," supported by the European Research Council.

  • Associate Professor
    2YMA Program Director

    Carsten Wilke's academic background combines a training in Jewish Studies, obtained at the University of Cologne and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a diploma in comparative Religious Studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris. Before coming to CEU in 2009, he taught at the Universities of Heidelberg, Düsseldorf, and Brussels, and held research positions in France, Germany, Mexico, and the USA. Most of his publications are contributions to the intellectual and cultural history of European Jewry, with focus areas in medieval Jewish exegesis and mysticism, Jewish-Christian relations, early modern Iberian crypto-Judaism, and nineteenth century religious modernization. CEU has recently granted him its 2016 Outstanding Research Award.

  • University Professor

    Fields: Transnational and Global Labour History, Women’s Activisms both international and in the Habsburg Monarchy, Social Policy and the Welfare State, Internationalism and International Relations, Modern Social and Political History, Gender History and Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

    Susan Zimmermann is a University Professor in the Departments of History and Gender Studies at Central European University. She earned her Ph.D. in History at the University of Vienna in 1993. She was a fellow in 2002/2003 at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany. Her monograph on the history of the Hungarian women’s movement won the Käthe Leichter Award. Susan Zimmermann’s two most recent monographs are Divide, Provide and Rule. An Integrative History of Poverty Policy, Social Policy and Social Reform in Hungary under the Habsburg Monarchy, CEU Press: Budapest-New York 2011; and Overstepping Borders. International Networks, Organizations and Movements and the Politics of Global Inequality. 17th to 21st Centuries (in German), Mandelbaum Verlag: Vienna 2010

Affiliated History Department Professors

Director of Jewish Studies
Professor at the Nationalism Studies,
egyetemi tanár

Professor at the Nationalism Studies and Jewish Studies Program at the Central European University, Hungary.

Associate Professor

Michael L. Miller is an associate professor in the Nationalism Studies program at Central European University in Budapest. He received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, where he specialized in Jewish and Central European History. His research focuses on the impact of nationality conflicts on the religious, cultural, and political development of Central European Jewry in the nineteenth century. He has recently published articles in Slavic Review, Austrian History Yearbook, Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, and Múlt és Jövő. Miller’s book, Rabbis and Revolution: The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation, was just published by Stanford University Press.