Prof. Monroe Price is the chair of the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS). He is Director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research in London. Prof. Price is the Joseph and Sadie Danciger Professor of Law and Director of the Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society at the Cardozo School of Law, where he served as Dean from 1982 to 1991. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale, where he was executive editor of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Associate Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court and was an assistant to Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz.
- Director, Center for Media and Communication Studies
Kate Coyer is the Director of the CMCS, and teaches in the Departments of Public Policy and Political Science of CEU. Previously, she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Kate has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she received her PhD in 2006. Kate's research interests revolve around the relationship between technology and activism, media ownership, and the role of civil society in policy making processes. Her current research projects include work on media policy in Hungary, online free expression, community-based media, and the measurement and evaluation of media development. Besides her academic work, Kate has been producing radio programs and organizing media campaigns for the past twenty years. She has helped build community radio stations, trained volunteers and organized production workshops, and is actively involved in advocating for expanding public access to the airwaves.
- Assistant ProfessorAcademic Coordinator of the Media, Information and Communications Policy Stream
Kristina Irion is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Research Director, Public Policy, at the Center for Media and Communications Studies (CMCS) at Central European University. She obtained her Dr. iuris degree from Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and holds a Masters degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. She has worked in the field of audiovisual media and electronic communications regulation and policy for ten years as an academic and professional.
Éva Bognár is Coordinator and Researcher at the CMCS. As Project research officer of the three-year European collaborative research project "Civicweb - Young people, the Internet and Civic Participation", funded by the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme, Éva ran the project with research assistant Judit Szakács for the CMCS between 2006 and 2009. Éva conducted the Hungarian research for the project BROAD (Broadening the Awareness in Data Protection), a collaboration between Hungarian and Dutch not-for-profit organizations. Recently she has been studying Hungarian minorities and their use of online space. Her background is in sociology.
- Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media
Ellen Hume is the Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at CMCS. Appointed in 2009 by Michael Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Ellen participates in research projects and workshops. She taught “News Media and Political Power: Global Lessons from the American Experience” for the CEU Political Science Department in 2010. Before coming to CEU, Ellen was the Research Director at the Center for Future Civic Media in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, she founded the Center on Media and Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the New England Ethnic Newswire. She also served as executive director and senior fellow at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and as executive director of PBS's Democracy Project, where she developed special news programs that encouraged citizen involvement in public affairs. Ellen was a White House and political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and regular commentator on PBS's Washington Week in Review and CNN's Reliable Sources programs.
- Research Fellow
Joost van Beek has been a research fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at CEU since September 2009. Prevously, he worked at the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) of the Open Society Institute, and Mira Media, a Dutch NGO that promotes the representation of minorities in the media.
- Research Fellow
Amy Brouillette has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) since February 2011. Her current research involves examining Hungary’s new media laws in the European context. Amy has worked as both an on-staff and freelance journalist for more than ten years, reporting for daily, weekly and online U.S.-based publications. Her articles and photography have appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Los Angeles Times and The Denver Post. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2007), and a master’s degree in Central European history from CEU (2009). In 2008, she was a visiting graduate student in Harvard’s Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies (REECA) program, where she studied post-communist media development in Central and Eastern Europe.
- Visiting Professor
Paolo Cavaliere taught Fundamentals of Media and Communications Policy in the Media, Information and Communications Policy stream of the Department of Public Policy in the academic year 2011-12. He earned a Ph.D. in International Law and Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. His doctoral dissertation was on the economics and regulation of the media market. He also holds a law degree from the University of Pavia and an LL.M. in Public Law from University College, London. He has written about different aspects of media law, including “mediacracy” and the democratic deficit of the EU and pluralism. His primary research interests focus on e-democracy, regulation of media pluralism and the relationship between new media and politics. Prior to joining CEU he was a Teaching Fellow at Bocconi University and a Joint Visiting Researcher at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, in Philadelphia.
- Visiting Lecturer
Lina Dencik is a research fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Political Science Department at CEU. She came to the CEU in May 2011 for a six-month stay. Her research focuses on news spaces and politics of the ‘global’. Lina's book Media and Global Civil Society is forthcoming in 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Media, Arts & Performance at Bedfordshire University, an Associate Lecturer at the Department for Communication, Media & Culture at Oxford Brookes University, and a Visiting Tutor at the Department for Media & Communications of Goldsmiths College, University of London. At Goldsmiths College, she completed her PhD last year with a thesis on news practices and theories of global civil society.
- Research Fellow, Project Director "Mapping Global Media Policy"
Arne Hintz was Program Director of the CMCS from 2007 to 2009 and is currently a Research Fellow based at McGill University in Montreal where he conducts the project Mapping Global Media Policy. Before coming to Budapest, he was a research fellow at the Research Centre Media and Politics at the University of Hamburg. He studied Economics, Political Science and International Political Economy at the Universities of Hamburg, Germany, and Warwick, UK, and he holds a PhD in Political Science. He has worked as a journalist and with start-up Internet services, and he has been a media activist with alternative online media, community radio and media campaigns such as Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS).
- Senior Fellow
Markos Kounalakis is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Markos is a print and network broadcast journalist and author who covered wars and revolutions, both civil and technological. He has written three books, “Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton” (1993), “Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism” (co-author, 1999), and “Hope is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era” (2008). He is President and Publisher Emeritus of the Washington Monthly. He served as Chairman of Internews Network (2002-2004), and amongst other positions serves on the Board of Visitors at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and the Board of Advisors at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy.
- Research Fellow
Oliver Leistert joined the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) as a Research Fellow in May 2011, conducting research in the field of civil society and communications and privacy concerns. Specifically, he is looking at obstacles to safe mobile communications and the pros and cons of different on-line and mobile media tools for communication in protest situations. Oliver's book Generation Facebook. Über das Leben im Social Net (co-edited with Theo Röhle) was published in October 2011 by Transcript Verlag. Oliver is currently finishing a doctoral thesis on cybersurveillance and mobile protest media at the University of Paderborn, Germany. In his thesis, he examines what mobile media is used for, where it fails, to what extend it has an impact, how agency changes, how it becomes a danger for protesters, and what repression may follow its use, as well as further questions, drawing from 50 interviews collected around the world.
Oana Lup holds a PhD in Political Science from CEU, as well as an MA in Political Science from CEU and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. In her PhD dissertation she investigated the relevance of political discussion within personal social networks for individual political behavior and knowledge. Her main research interests are political communication and behavior, deliberative democracy and practices, and quantitative research methods. Oana was a fellow of the EUROLAB in Cologne and the ECASS in Essex, and recently published a chapter in the Routledge edited book 'Political Discussion in Modern Democracies: A comparative perspective' .
- Research Fellow
Stefania Milan is a Research Fellow at the CMCS, who joined The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto in September 2011. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs. At The Citizen Lab, Stefania will investigate the development and evolution of grassroots digital infrastructure, and its interplay with power in and governance of cyberspace. Stefania was a visiting faculty member at the Department of Political Science at CEU in 2010-2011, where she taught political communication, digital technologies and society, and digital methods. She was also a research associate at the European University Institute, Italy (EUI), where she worked on the research project ‘Caught in the act of protest: Contextualizing contestation’.
- Senior Research Fellow
Peter Molnar is Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University, a writer and activist, from 1990 to 1998 a member of the Hungarian Parliament, one of the drafters of the 1996 Hungarian media law, legislative advisor since 2002, has taught and lectured at numerous universities around the world since 1994. In 2007, the staged version of his novel, Searchers, won awards for best alternative play and best independent play in Hungary. He is co-editor of The Content and Context of Hate Speech - Rethinking Regulation and Responses, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Research Fellow
Roxana Radu is a a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva and a Research Fellow at the CMCS. She holds a masters’ degree in Political Science from CEU (Budapest), where she received the Best Thesis Award in 2010. Prior to starting her Phd, Roxana worked at the Center for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University (CEU) as program coordinator and researcher. Her expertise includes citizen empowerment, democratic (e)participation, and social uses of new technologies. From March to October 2011, she took part in the Next Generation Leaders program of the Internet Society and collaborated extensively with the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.
- Lidija SabadosVisiting Research Fellow
Lidija Sabados has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) since May 2012. Her current research focuses on community media practices and policies in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Previously, she worked as an editor, translator and advocacy coordinator at an international press freedom organization. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where she is also involved with the work of the Citizen Lab.
- Senior Research Fellow
Stefaan G. Verhulst is the Chief of Research at the Markle Foundation and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Media and Communications Studies. In addition he teaches at the department of Culture and Communications at New York University and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center of Global Communications Studies, Annenberg School for Communications, University of Pennsylvania. Stefaan has served as consultant to various national and international organizations including the Council of Europe, European Commission, Unesco, UNDP, USAID, World Bank, OFCOM, OSCE and DFID; was a Director of the Orbicom (Unesco) Board, and a founding editor of the International Journal of Communications Law and Policy. He is the author and co-author of several books and multiple other publications on the intersection of law, policy and communications.
- Research FellowCoordinator
Rian Wanstreet began work as a Research Fellow and a Coordinator at the CMCS in September 2011. Her research focuses on Internet governance and regulation, Open Internet initiatives, spectrum regulation and the evolving role of the Public Interest concept in policy-making and regulation. She was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar from 2009 to 2011, has an M.A. in Public Policy from CEU, and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of York, UK. Rian comes to CEU with ten years of experience working in Chicago with nonprofit and political organizations in media relations, policy development, legislative lobbying, program management, volunteer coordination, and donor relations. She also served in the Peace Corps.
- Assistant ProfessorDirector, Korea Foundation 'Global E-School in Eurasia' Project
Youngmi received her PhD from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2007. Her main interests are in comparative politics, especially in the study of political parties and party systems, governance and governability, and comparative regionalism. Youngmi was previously Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and has taught at University College Dublin, Ireland. She has been the recipient of several grants, including from the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Japan Foundation, and the Korea Foundation. Youngmi has taught on East Asian politics, Europe-Asia relations, Comparative Political Institutions, Public Administration, Ethics and Public Policy, and China’s foreign policy. Her current research explores the role of information technology in political activism, and the impact of political culture on political behaviour. Her recent and forthcoming publications include Between Institutions and Culture: The Politics of Coalition and Governability in South Korea (Routledge, 2011), Intra-party politics and minority coalition government in South Korea (Japanese Journal of Political Science, 2008), and Pathologies or Progress? Evaluating the effects of Divided Government and Party Volatility (Japanese Journal of Political Science, 2008, co-authored with F. Yap). At CEU Youngmi teaches courses on East Asia in International Relations and Comparative Regionalism in IRES, and Comparative Political Institutions and Global Cities in DPP. Youngmi is the Director of the Global E-School Project on Korean Studies in Eurasia (2012-2017), coordinated by CEU and funded by the Korea Foundation, and was Co-Director of the 2012 Summer School on Comparative Regionalisms at CEU.
- Associate ProfessorDirector of Doctoral Program
Marsha Siefert began teaching courses in international communication and oral history at CEU in 1996. Her research focuses on cultural and communications history, with current projects on nineteenth-century imperial telecommunications networks and film cultures in the Cold War.
- Associate ProfessorDoctoral Program Director, Environmental Sciences and PolicyAcademic SenateChair, Sustainability Advisory CommitteeMember, CEU Doctoral Committee
Tamara's work is focused on teaching and research that are respectively geared toward innovative student-centered learning and action research useful for understanding and supporting social movements for environmental and social justice. In addition to directing the doctoral program in her department and supporting the CEU Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Sustainable Campus Initiative, she is co-founder of the Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group (ACT JUST). ACT JUST involves learning forums and research on the relationship between everyday living, the environment, and social, economic, and political forces. The courses she teaches include: Environmental Politics, Qualitative Research Methods, and Disciplinary Approaches to Environmental Problems.
- ProfessorHead of Department
Gabor's research interest is primarily in the interaction between voting behavior and the performance of democratic institutions. He is also interested in public opinion, survey methodology, and East European politics. He is co-author of Post-Communist Party Systems: Competition, Representation, and Inter-Party Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and author or co-author of over five dozen articles on electoral behaviour, public opinion, political parties and democratic consolidation in edited volumes, political science and sociology journals.
- ProfessorHead of DepartmentChair of the Comparative Constitutional Law Program
Renáta Uitz is Head of the Department of Legal Studies, and Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law program. Her teaching covers subjects in comparative constitutional law in Europe and North America, transitional justice and human rights protection with special emphasis on the enforcement of constitutional rights and on issues of bodily privacy and sexuality.
- Associate ProfessorDirector, Center for Network Science
Dr Vedres teaches sociology at CEU since January 2004. My primary interests are economic sociology, social networks, historical sociology, postsocialism, and methods. I received his PhD in sociology from Columbia University. This is a link to my website.
Visiting Research Fellows
- Ivona Malbasic
- Jessie Labov
- Julia Sonnevend
- Laura Ranca
- Sandor Orban
Past Visiting Fellows