Áron Szele joined the CENS as a research assistant in November of 2010. His previous training is in the field of comparative social history of Eastern and Central Europe. After receiving his B.A. from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, he gained an M.A. in comparative Hungarian-Romanian history from the Department of History of the CEU. He is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis concerning the right-wing populist movements of contemporary Hungary. His main themes of interest and expertise include entangled histories and relationships of Hungary and its neighbors, populist and right-wing radical movements, and minority issues in East-Central Europe. He is a fluent speaker of Hungarian, Romanian, and English and intermediate in French and Italian.