Violetta Zentai

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Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Rutgers University (2001)
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Viola Zentai is a cultural anthropologist with a PhD from Rutgers University in the United States. She has been the director of the Center for Policy Studies at Central European University since September 2003. Viola Zentai is engaged in research focusing on racial and gender equality, welfare debates, post-socialist economic transformation, and democratic governance and decentralization. She coordinated a recently completed collaborative research project on “Ethnic Differences in Education and Diverging Prospects for Urban Youth in an enlarged Europe (EDUMIGROM),” funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Program. She also led the Hungarian research team in “Quality in Gender+ Equality Policies (QUING)”, a 4.5 year project funded through the 6th Framework Program of the European Commission, concluded in early 2011. She acts as the Hungarian team leader of another major 4-year research initiative launched in 2011 and funded by the 7th Framework Program on “Employment 2025: How Multiple Transitions Will Affect the European Labor Market (NEUJOBS). ” She is a recurring faculty member at CEU’s Sociology and Social Anthropology Department as well as the Department of Public Policy.

Professor Zentai is active in the Hungarian women’s movement; she is the spokesperson for the NGO MONA (Foundation for the Women of Hungary) and is a member of the Expert Forum of the European Gender Institute.

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equality policies
structural fund monitoring
gender and politics
anthropology of postsocialism


Faces of Local Democracy In LGI Books, Edited by Violetta Zentai and Gabor Soós. Budapest: Local Government and Public Reform Initiative, OSI, 2005.
Book Chapter
Zentai, Violetta. "The Rise of a Banking Empire in Central and Eastern Europe. Raiffeisen International." In Capitalism from Outside? Economic Cultures in Eastern Europe after 1989, edited by Violetta Zentai and Janos Matyas Kovacs, 351. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2012.
Krizsan, Andrea, and Violetta Zentai. "Institutionalizing Intersectionality in Central and Eastern Europe: Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia." In Institutionalizing Intersectionality. The Changing Nature of European Equality Regimes, 179-208. Gender and Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.
Zentai, Violetta, and Melinda Szabo. "How French are the French Multinational Companies in Hungary?" In Globalizing employment relations : multinational firms and Central and Eastern Europe transitions, edited by Sylvie Contrepois and Violaine Delteil, 134-150. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.
Zentai, Violetta, Andrea Krizsan, and Herta Toth. "National report on Hungary." In Women, Integration and Prison, edited by Marta Cruells and Noelia Igareda, 135-158. Barcelona: Aurea Editores, 2005.
Krizsan, Andrea, and Violetta Zentai. "From Civil Society to Policy Research. The Case of the Soros Network and Its Roma Policies." In Bridges Across Boundaries: Global Knowledge Networks and International Development, edited by Diane Stone and Simon Maxwell, 168-184. London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
Csaba, L.. "Globalization and Economic Systems: A Homogeneity Test." In Reshaping Globalization: Multilateral Dialogues and New Policy Initiatives, edited by A. Krizsan and Violetta Zentai, 197-217. CPS Books. Budapest: CEU Press, 2003.
Krizsan, Andrea, and Violetta Zentai. "Introduction." In Reshaping Globalization. Multilateral Dialogues and New Policy Initiatives. , edited by Andrea Krizsan and Violetta Zentai, 17-40. CPS Publications. Budapest: CEU Press, 2003.
Zentai, Violetta. "Átkelés a nyitott társadalomba (Trespass to an Open Society)." In Zárva várt Nyugat (Long-Awaited Encounters with the West), edited by J. M. Kovács, 383-406. Budapest: Sik Kiado, 2002.
Zentai, Violetta. "Loss or Overproduction of Culture." In Die Wende als Wende : Orientierungen Europäischer Ethnologien nach 1989, edited by Herbert Nikitsch, Peter Niedermüller and Konrad Köstlin, 110-121. Veroffentlichungen de Institut für Europaische Ethnologie . Vienna: Universitat Wien, 2002.
Zentai, Violetta, and Gabor Peteri. "Lessons on Successful Reform Management." In Mastering Decentralization and Public Administration Reform in CEE, edited by Gabor Peteri, 13-30. Budapest: Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative, OSI, 2002.
Zentai, Violetta. "Politikai antropológia: a politika antropológiája (Political Anthropology: The Anthropology of Politics)." In Politikai antropológia. Szöveggyűjtemény., 9-36. Budapest: Láthatatlan Kollégium-Osiris, 1997.
Zentai, Violetta, and Enyedi Gy.. "Environmental Policy in Hungary." In Environmental Policies in East and West, 213-235. London: Taylor Graham, 1987.
Conference Paper
Zentai, Violetta. "Negotiating Culture of Capitalism in Hungary." In "Politics of Culture: East and West". Institute for Human Science, Vienna: Institute for Human Science, Vienna., 1999.
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Szalai, Julia, Marcus Carson, Zuzana Kusa, Eniko Magyari-Vincze, and Violetta Zentai. Comparative Report on Educational Policies for Inclusion In EDUMIGROM Comparative Papers. Budapest: Central European University, Center for Policy Studies, 2009.