|Eszter Kovács has a PhD in Political Theory, and she is currently a
research fellow at the Institute for Minority Studies of the Centre for
Social Sciences in Hungary. She holds master’s degrees in International
Studies (from Corvinus University of Budapest, 2011) and in Nationalism
Studies (from Central European University, 2014). Her research interests
include diaspora communities, and diaspora and kin-state policies.
After my graduation in law from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in February1992, I started to study social policy at the University of Edinburgh where I was admitted to the degree of Master of Science (in Social Sciences: Policy Studies) in November 1993. The same year I started my doctoral studies in sociology at Eötvös Loránd University. My research focused on the effectiveness of legal norms regulating the Hungarian social assistance scheme. As a part of my doctoral research I studied the theoretical foundations of welfare rights as a visiting fellow in the New School for Social Research, New York. I defended my doctoral thesis in 1999 and the same year I was appointed as assistant professor of social policy to the Department of Social Work and Social Policy of Eötvös Loránd University and since then I have been lecturing on Hungarian and international social law and social policy.
From 1999 I have been giving lectures on administration of social security in the European Master of Social Security, a distance learning graduate program of the Catholic University of Leuven.
In 2015 I was appointed dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University for a three-years term.