Doctoral Dissertations

The main product of the program is the doctoral dissertation. All doctoral dissertations submitted to the Doctoral School must make a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of their subject.

Dissertations are submitted to the School after a maximum of six years, and are defended in front of a Dissertation Committee, during a public doctoral defense. 

After the defense, the doctoral dissertation becomes available at the CEU library. You can browse, read and download them here: Central European University Library (

Below you'll find recent ones and ones that will be defended soon.


Kill Once, Dead Twice: Dead Body Management and Power in Turkey’s Counterinsurgency Against the PKK

By Cihan Erdost Akin

Defense Committee: TBD

Date of the Defense: TBD


Reflexivity in European Higher Education Governance: Studies on Practice

By Adrienn Nyircsák

Defense Committee: TBD

Date of the Defense: TBD


Between Ideal Theory and Practice: Justice as Fairness, Productive Ownership Rights and Wider Economic Liberties

By Emil Vargović

Defense Committee: 

Zoltan Miklosi (supervisor, Central European University) 
Janos Kis (Central European University) 
Andrew Williams (external member, University Pompeu-Fabra)

Andres Moles (chair, Central European University)

Date of the Defense: September, TBD


Transnational Civil Disobedience: Understanding Illegal Political Dissent Beyond Borders

By Elettra Repetto

Defense Committee: 

Zoltan Miklosi (supervisor, Central European University)
Andres Moles (Central European University)
Kimberley Brownlee (external member, University of British Columbia)
Anca Gheaus (chair, Central European University)

Date of the Defense: May 25, 2022


Vicissitudes of Islamic Humanitarianism: Compassion, Care, and Immobilization

By Eda Sevinin

Defense Committee: 

Prem Kumar Rajaram (supervisor, Central European University)
Viola Zentai (Central European University)
Deniz Sert (external member, Ozyegin University, Istanbul)
Andrea Krizsan (chair, Central European University)

Date of the Defense: May 27, 2022


Priority of Individual Sovereignty: A Libertarian Approach

By Kin-wai Leung

Defense Committee: 

Andrés Moles (supervisor, Central European University)
Zoltán Miklósi (Central European University)
Ian Carter (University of Pavia - external voting member)
Janos Kis (chair, Central European University)

Date of the Defense: November, TBD


Constraining the Executive in Petrostates

By Antonio Henrique Smith Bravo

Defense Committee: 

Michael Dorsch (supervisor, Central European University) 
Cristina Corduneanu-Huci (Central European University) 
Leiv Marsteintredet (external member, University of Bergen) 
Andrew Xiang Li (chair, Central European University) 

Date of the Defense: April 29, 2022


Fortressing on Markets: Financial Supervision in the Capital Markets Union

By Dominik Brenner

Defense Committee: 

László Csaba (supervisor, Central European University)
László Bruszt (Central European University)
Rachel Epstein (external member, University of Denver)
Michael Merlingen (chair, Central European University) 

Date of the Defense: March 15, 2022


In the Struggle for Radical Knowledge: Autoethnography and Collective Militant Research with the MTST – Homeless Workers' Movement

By Alberto Fierro

Defense Committee: 

Michael Merlingen (supervisor, Central European University) 
Viola Zentai (voting member, Central European University)
Richa Nagar (external voting member, University of Minnesota Twin Cities) 
Nadia Jones Gailani (chair, Central European University)

Date of the Defense: March 3, 2022


Difference Worthy of Mediation? US-China Rapprochement Reappraised in a New Framework of Diplomatic Normalization

By Tamás Ferenc Peragovics

Defense Committee:

Alex Astrov (supervisor, Central European University)
Daniel Large  (voting member, Central European University)
Corneliu Bjola (external voting member, Oxford University)
Michael Merlingen (chair, Central European University)

Date of the Defense: February 16, 2022


Civil Society Organizations in Demobilization and Reintegration: The Ties and Lives of Ex-combatants in Lebanon

By Nassim AbiGhanem

Defense Committee: 

Erin Jenne (supervisor, Central European University)
Matthijs Bogaards (voting member, Central European University)
Ashutosh Varshney (external voting member, Brown University)
Julia Koltai (chair, Eötvös Loránd University)

Date of the Defense: January 28, 2022

You can see the information on dissertations defended in previous years by clicking in the years below:

2021 / 2020 / 2019 / 2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009

These dissertations are availabe at CEU's Electronic Theses & Dissertations site, where you can search the catalogue using keywords.

Dissertations submitted before 2009 can be accessed in hard copy in the CEU Library.