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Faculty

  • Virag Molnar

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center

    Profile:

    Virág Molnár received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University and is currently Associate 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 and received the Mary Douglas Prize for the Best Book in the Sociology of Culture from the American Sociological Association in 2014. 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.

    CV, 2015

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 2005, Princeton University

    Recent Publications:

    Book:

    2013 - Building the State: Architecture, Politics and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe. Architext Series. Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge

    • Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in the Sociology of Culture, American Sociological Association, 2014 

    Peer-reviewed journal articles:

    2016 - "The Power of Things: Material Culture as Political Resource." Qualitative Sociology, 39 (2): 205-210

    2016 - "Civil Society, Radicalism and the Rediscovery of Mythic Nationalism.” Nations and Nationalism, 22 (1): 165-185

    2014 - "Reframing Public Space Through Digital Mobilization: Flash Mobs and Contemporary Urban Youth Culture.” Space and Culture, 17 (1): 43-58

    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

    Performances and Appearances:

    Recent talks:

    "The Toolkit of Nationalist Populism in Contemporary Hungary: Symbols, Objects, and New Media", Council for European Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, April 14-16, 2016

    “The Symbolic Economies of Postsocialist Nationalism”, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, November 4, 2015

     

    Research Interests:

    urban sociology, comparative historical sociology, sociology of culture and knowledge, economic sociology, political sociology, Eastern Europe

    Awards and Honors:

    American Academy in Berlin, 2017

    ACLS Fellowship, 2016

    Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book, Sociology of Culture Section, American Sociological Association, 2014

    EURIAS Junior Fellowship to the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar, 2012

    Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, 2011

    ASA/NSF Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award, "The Great Budapest Rat Massacre: A Case Study in Urban Public Health", 2007 

    Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, 2006

     

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