Zach Rivers

Country of origin: United States

“I studied literature before coming to CEU. But I wanted more of a political and social lens, and the Department of Gender Studies has provided that for me. I think the way studies are handled allows the space to develop your own ideas through the strengths of the faculty as well as the creative environment of CEU. The faculty have varied backgrounds – some are anthropologists, some are sociologists, political scientists, historians, philosophers – and that makes for a wider range of topics that can be covered. Here we have a similar investment in feminism and we collectively strive to advance society. It has been a very empowering experience.”

Central European University’s Department of Gender Studies attracts students from a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and focuses on integrative and comparative approaches to gender studies. Programs aim to critically examine past and present developments related to gender in culture and society. The curriculum in the department emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship on gender and sexuality, particularly in areas such as nationalism, post/ state socialism, queer theory, science studies, literature and popular culture, transnational connections, social movements, war and memory, and policy and global inequalities.

Programs offered

  • Master of Arts in Gender Studies / 1 year
  • Master of Arts in Critical Gender Studies / 2 years
  • Master of Arts in Gender Studies (GEMMA) / 2 years
  • Master of Arts in European Women’s and Gender History (MATILDA) / 2 years

Research areas

  • Globalization, postcolonialism and transnational flows
  • Gender, nationalism and the state
  • Gender and science
  • Feminist theories and epistemology
  • Women’s and gender history
  • Gender, socialism and postsocialism
  • Gender, security, war and memory
  • Queer theory
  • Economic inequalities and gendered labor markets
  • Bioethics, biopolitics and posthumanism
  • Cultural studies
  • Women’s literature

Why CEU?

  • Students and faculty from 116 countries
  • Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
  • Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
  • 8:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Based in Budapest, the heart of Europe

Generous scholarships available
CEU is committed to attracting talented students from around the world and provide generous scholarships and research grants based on merit. In 2015-2016, 85% of CEU students received financial aid.

How to apply
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