Andras Kovacs

Professor Emeritus
Associate Research Fellow
Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus

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Professor Kovacs studied philosophy and history and completed his PhD in sociology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He has held teaching and research positions at Paderborn University (FRG), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), New York University (New York), TH Twente (The Netherlands), Salomon Steinheim Institut für Deutsch-Jüdische Geschichte, Duisburg , Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna, Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für Jüdische Studien, Potsdam , Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Wien, Institut für Soziologie, Universitat Wien, Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, TU Berlin.

His research interests include minority identities, prejudice, antisemitism, and sociology of post-Holocaust Jewry. In the last years, Professor Kovács has carried out empirical research on antisemitism in post-Communist Hungary, on Jewish identity in Hungary, and on national identity and European integration. From 2002 to 2012, he was a senior researcher at the Institute for Ethnic and Minority Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

He has published over 100 scholarly works, including Anti-Semitism and the Young Elite in Hungary (1996), Antisemitic Prejudices in Contemporary Hungary (1999), Jews and Jewry in Contemporary Hungary: Results of a Sociological Survey (ed., 2004), New Jewish Identities: Contemporary Europe and Beyond (co-editor, 2003), NATO, Neutrality and National Identity: the Case of Austria and Hungary (co-editor, 2003), Stranger at hand. Antisemitic prejudices in post-communist Hungary (2005), Communism's Jewish Question (ed., 2016)

CEU doctoral supervision:

  • Jews, Israelites, Zionists: the Hungarian state's policies on Jewish issues in a comparative perspective (1956-1968) / Kata Bohus (2014)
  • Foreign land as a metaphor of one's own: travel and travel writing in Russian history and culture, 1200s-1800s / Ksenia Polouektova (2009)
  • Between marginal rebels and mainstream critics / Marioara-Camelia Craciun (2009)
  • National assimilation assimilated nation: nationalism and assimilation in Budapest at the turn of the twentieth century / Eszter Szilassy (2006)
  • Modern jewish politics in Central Europe: the Jewish party of interwar Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938 / Marie Chrova (2006)


Ph.D. in Sociology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.
Doctor of Sciences in Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Courses taught by Andras Kovacs

Projects with involvement of Andras Kovacs

Events with involvement of Andras Kovacs

Commissioned Memory - Hungarian Exhibitions in Auschwitz, 1960/1965 - Exhibition opening
September 14, 2023 - 6:00pm
Book Launch of Gergely Kunt's 'A Multi-Perspective History: The Mentalities of Jewish and Non-Jewish Adolescents in Wartime Hungary'
March 23, 2018 - 4:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Daniel Staetsky - Strictly Orthodox Jewish future
January 23, 2018 - 6:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Israel Bartal - Elusive Souls: Jewish Converts and their Predicament in Early Modern Iberia
March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Bożena Szaynok - The Polish- Jewish relations in Poland after WWII (1945-1989)
February 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Gennady Estraikh - Yiddish Cultural Life in Post-Stalinist Moscow
January 17, 2017 - 6:00pm
Invitation - 2016 Jewish Studies Book Launch
December 6, 2016 - 6:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Jessie Labov - Depth of Focus: Ida, Son of Saul and the refraction of Jewish memory in recent Central European cinema
November 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Mihály Kálmán - A Forgotten Jewish Army and/or Soviet Proxies? Jewish Self-Defense and Counterinsurgent Paramilitarism in Civil War Ukraine, 1920-1924.
October 18, 2016 - 6:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett - Curating Between Hope and Despair: Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
March 22, 2016 - 6:00pm
Js Lecture Series - Tamas Visi - Jewish "Renaissance" in Byzantine Italy
March 1, 2016 - 6:00pm
JS Lecture Series - Ada Rapoport-Albert - Female Bodies – Male Souls: Asceticism, Mysticism and Gender in Jewish Tradition
February 9, 2016 - 6:00pm