Jekatyerina (Katya) Dunajeva

Visit Dates: 2020-21

Pámány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. 

Research Interests
  • Education policy
  • Minority and youth politics
  • Roma
  • State and nation-building and state-society relations

Katya Dunajeva is a faculty member of Political Science at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, and a researcher and program manager at the Central European University's Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2014, she obtained her PhD in Political Science from the University of Oregon, where she completed her dissertation, entitled "'Bad Gypsies' and 'Good Roma:' Constructing Ethnic and Political Identities through Education in Russia and Hungary." In addition to her academic roles, Dunajeva has acted as a consultant, advisor, researcher, and policy analyst for international and local NGOs, think tanks, and other institutions. Her work, both academic and applied, revolves around the nexus of youth policy, education, and equality. While at the Nanovic Institute, Dunajeva conducted research for her book manuscript and her ongoing projects about populism in Eastern Europe, the role of education in nation-building, and national identity formation.