Molnar, Virag

Virag Molnar
PhD, Princeton University, 2005
Assistant Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research

Virág Molnár received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. Her research explores the intersections of culture, politics, social change and knowledge production with special focus on urban culture and transformations of the built environment. She has written about the relationship between architecture and state formation in socialist and postsocialist Eastern Europe, the post-1989 reconstruction of Berlin, and the new housing landscape of postsocialist cities.

Her book, Building the State: Architecture, Politics and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe, has been published by Routledge. Her work has also appeared in the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and Urban Studies. She has been a visiting fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University and at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship.

She is currently examining the impact of new communications technologies on the urban public sphere through a comparative study of the street art scene in New York, Berlin and Budapest; the politics of urban rodent control; and the rise of radical populism in contemporary Hungary.
Recent Publications:
2013 - Building the State: Architecture, Politics and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe. Architext Series. Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge

In Press - “Reframing Public Space Through Digital Mobilization: Flash Mobs and Contemporary Urban Youth Culture.” Space and Culture, online before print May 13, 2013, doi: 10.1177/1206331212452368

2012 - “Collective Memory Meets Organizational Identity: Remembering to Forget in a Firm’s Rhetorical History.” Academy of Management Journal 55 (3): 515-540 (with Michel Anteby)

2010 -  “The Cultural Production of Locality: Reclaiming the ‘European City’ in Post-Wall Berlin.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 34 (2): 281-309
Office Location:
6 East 16th Street, Rm 1012
New York, NY 10003
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5737 x3017


Research Interests:
urban sociology, comparative historical sociology, sociology of culture and knowledge, economic sociology, political sociology, Eastern Europe
Awards and Honors:

EURIAS Junior Fellowship to the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar

Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

ASA/NSF Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award, "The Great Budapest Rat Massacre: A Case Study in Urban Public Health" 

CV (pdf):
Virag Molnar CV

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