Levente received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006 where he also studied Survey Research and Methodology. He has held visiting positions at Washington State University, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, multiple departments of the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary and the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Psychology in Croatia. He is the faculty adviser for the student run Political Behavior Research Group at the CEU and a member of the ECPR Methods Schools Academic Advisory Board where he also regularly teaches. Predominantly a methodologist, Levi’s research strives to find new analytical strategies to complex problems and research questions in any field of science. Past research has included evolutionary game theory through agent based computer simulations and macro-comparative exploration of the relationship between corruption and democratic performance. Current research includes exploration of a number of statistical questions and the genetics of social and political behavior. More generally Levi is interested in Political Psychology and Political Behavior. He is the founder of the Hungarian Twin Registry through which he is involved in medical research projects, an active member of the American Political Science Association, Behavior Genetics Association and the International Society for Twin Studies.
Central European University, Hungary
The Central European University is a privately funded and endowed postgraduate training institution of higher education with accreditation both by the Middle-States Network of American Universities and since 2005 the Hungarian government. Central European University is a leading international and well established academic institution well known for the high level of interdisciplinary research carried out there. The most innovative approaches to different disciplines are promoted and eminent scholars teach and visit the university every year. It can be regarded as an exceptional place for multi-cultural studies since, from its inception in the early 1990s, it has implemented a systematically multi-cultural policy of recruiting its staff and students in a multicultural environment and promote research with targets interesting a number of countries, nations and regions in Central and Eastern Europe as well as beyond this part of the world. As a consequence, the staff of the CEU is decisively international with a number of American, West and East European scholars as well as some coming from the Mediterranean region, Scandinavia, the Near East (Turkey, Israel, Egypt).
Federico Vegetti is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Political Science at the Central European University. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of Mannheim in 2013, with a thesis focusing on the impact of party system polarization on electoral behavior. His current research interests include political psychology and behavior, comparative politics, political economy, and number crunching (i.e. quantitative research methods). Since 2014 he teaches Generalized Linear Modeling at the ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques.
Robert Sata (PhD 2006) is a Special Projects Officer at the Political Science Department of the Central European University. He has taught classes on comparative politics, political institutions, ethnicity, nationalism and minority rights at McDaniel College Budapest Campus, Corvinus University, Budapest and Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania. His research interests include voting behaviour, identity politics, European integration and gender.
Elena Cristina Balea is a doctoral student in Comparative Politics at the Doctoral School of Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy at Central European University. She holds a MA in Political Science from CEU and a BA in International Relations and European Studies from "Babes-Bolyai" University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Previous to starting her doctoral studies, Cristina interned in the Dean's Office at the School of Public Policy, CEU and was involved in two research projects at CEU on the topics of populism and pension systems. Her research interests lie in the areas of political psychology, civic education and political socialization.