Dorit Geva is a political sociologist in the Dept. of Sociology and Social Anthropology at CEU. She is also a member of CEU's Democracy Institute. From 2017-2019 she was Head of Department, and in August 2019 she was appointed as the first Dean of Undergraduate Studies at CEU, where she led establishment and administration of CEU's first undergraduate programs.
Geva has had an especially international career, and bridges European and North American academic communities. She is a Canadian who completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at New York University, after which she was the Vincent Wright Fellow in Comparative Politics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (2006-2007), followed by four years as a Harper Schmidt Fellow (the Society of Fellows) teaching undergraduate political and social theory within the University of Chicago's common core curriculum (2007-2011).
She joined Central European University in Autumn 2011, and was Head of Department 2017-2019. As a consequence of CEU's forced departure from Hungary to Austria, she worked intensively with several colleagues across CEU departments to create the BA in Culture, Politics, and Society. She was thereafter appointed to be the first Dean of Undergraduate Studies at CEU, building fromn the ground up every aspect of CEU's 3 new BA programs, always in close cooperation with many colleagues at CEU.
Her expertise is in political sociology, gender and politics, qualitative methods, and political and social theory. She wrote a comparative book on the politics of military service in France and the United States, published by Cambridge University Press and soon to be published in German by Hamburger Press. She published related journal articles in the American Journal of Sociology, Polity, Politics and Society, and various other journals. She has also published on fatherhood and welfare reform in the journal Social Politics.
In 2013 she started studying gender and the new radical right in Europe, with the support of a Marie Curie Grant, and a European Institute for Advanced Studies (EURIAS) grant held at the Collegium de Lyon. This work has been published in the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, and Social Politics, where her article, "Daughter, Mother, Captain: Marine Le Pen, Gender, and Populism in the French National Front," was selected as an Editor's Choice article. Her article "Non au Gender! Moral epistemics and French conservative strategies of distinction" received an honourable mention for the 2021 Best Paper Award by the European Sociological Association.
Her most recent work examines the merger between far-right and neoliberal politics, especially as articulated in contemporary Hungarian politics and the post-neoliberal state. This work has been published in Theory, Culture and Society; and with Dr. Felipe Santos she co-authored a publication in International Affairs.
Her work has drawn media attention from around the world, and she has been invited to deliver talks at universities in Canada, Russia, United States, and throughout Europe.
Professor Geva supervises PhD and MA theses broadly focusing on political sociology, and with a specialization in gender, sexual and racial politics.