Prof. Mária Schmidt, PhD

Prof. Mária Schmidt, PhD

Chair, historian, Director-General of the House of Terror Museum and the Institute of the Twentieth Century

She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with degrees in history and German language and literature. She acquired her doctoral degree in 1985 and her PhD degree in 1999. From 1996 she worked as a senior lecturer and from 2000 as an associate professor at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. In 2005 she received her Doctor Habil. Degree.

She has been a university professor since 2010. She has worked at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck, Oxford and Paris, the Technische Universität of Berlin, Tel-Aviv University, the Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Universities of New York and Bloomington, as well as the Hoover Institute in Stanford either with a postgraduate scholarship or as a guest professor. Between 1998 and 2002 she was the chief advisor to the Prime Minister. She is the Director-General of the 20th Century Institute, the 21st Century Institute and the House of Terror Museum. Since 2002 she has been a board member of the international Ettersberg Foundation established with the aim of carrying out comparative research on 20th-century European dictatorships and democratic transitions. She has participated in the project on the First World War as the President of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2013.

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