Virág Molnár

Virág Molnár received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and is Associate Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research. Her research explores the intersections of culture, politics, markets, and social change in Eastern Europe, with special focus on urban and material culture. She has written about the politics of architecture in socialist and postsocialist Eastern Europe, the post-1989 reconstruction of Berlin, and the new housing landscape of postsocialist cities. Current projects include a comparative study of emerging markets for street art in New York, Berlin, and Budapest; the political economy of urban rodent control; and the cultural economy of nationalist populism in Hungary. Her book Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Postwar Central Europe(Routledge, 2013) received the Mary Douglas Prize from the American Sociological Association. Her work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Academy of Management Journal, and the Journal of Consumer Culture. She has been a visiting fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the Humboldt Universität in Berlin, and the American Academy in Berlin. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. In 2019-2020 she will be a fellow in the Economy and Society program at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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