When I was seventeen, I simultaneously ran away to college and joined a circus. I love penguins, speak broken Hungarian, and can talk to you about Mormon theology for days on end.
More concretely, I graduated from Skidmore College in May 2016 with a B.A. in English and Religious Studies, and I am currently en route to a master's in Central Eurasian Studies specializing in Hungary from Indiana University. My family fled Hungary in the 1940s and 50s to escape first Hitler and then Stalin, so I grew up celebrating Mikulás Nap and singing Mennyből az Angyal in the suburbs of Tampa, Florida. Now, my research interests lie in how contemporary Hungarian religiosity shapes politics and identity in Viktor Orbán's Hungary, and I hope to use my personal and educational background to bring a nuanced understanding of the issues facing Hungarian democracy to the English-speaking world in my post-graduate work.
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