Fall 2014 Pannonius Fellows


Conducted cutting edge research on the acquisition of Hungarian as a second language by native English speakers.

“During my Pannonius Fellowship, I was fortunate enough to spend a week in April in Székelyföld, recording dialects of Hungarian spoken by Hungarians outside of Hungary’s current borders. Such work is important as it preserves variations of the Hungarian language that differ from the standard Budapest dialect.”

Michelle_20Adams_20PannoniusMichelle Adams holds a Master’s degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and is pursuing further graduate work in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has taught English both in Hungary and at the University of Hawai’i, and her connection to Hungary stems from the year she spent as an exchange student in high school, living both in Budapest and on the countryside and immersed in the Hungarian language. During her Pannonius Fellowship in Hungary Michelle will continue her research in linguistics, focusing on the acquisition of Hungarian as a second language. Michelle will begin her PhD studies in fall 2015. Besides English and Hungarian, Michelle also speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Dutch fluently.


Finished book manuscript on Hungarian adaptation of class action suits soon to be published in Hungary.

My most inspirational meeting took place with the Honorable Justice Samuel Alito, with whom I had the privilege to talk about the constitutional issues of my country.

00217_udvary_sandorSándor Udvary is a law professor at the Károli Reformed University, School of Law in Budapest and a chief counselor to the Hungarian Constitutional Court, the highest court in Hungary. He holds a PhD in law from Eötvös Loránd University. In 2012 he was appointed chair of the Civil Procedure Department at the Károli Reformed University, School of Law. During the Pannonius Fellowship, Sándor’s research in the United Stated will focus on civil procedure, with special emphasis on tort law and class action lawsuits. In addition, he will research First Amendment (free speech) issues in comparative perspective. Sándor resides in Budapest, with his wife and their two sons.


Her article about European and American approaches to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) will be published in the New Atlantis Magazine.

I believe that what made this fellowship so valuable was our freedom to pursue our own projects, to discover and develop ideas that we, Fellows have been nurturing.”

CV_20fotoOrsolya Ujj was born in Budapest in 1989. She studied Political Science and Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University. She is a junior expert at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), an international research organization based in Szentendre, Hungary. She has also spent 9 months as a researcher at the Berlin Office of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment. Her research interests involve sustainability policy and governmental institutions. While in the United States as a Pannonius Fellow, Orsolya’s research will focus on the philosophical roots of ecological studies. Besides Hungarian and English, she speaks French and German.

Spring 2015 Pannonius Fellows


Researched US LNG legislation history, the Central Asian natural gas landscape, and the future of hydraulic fracturing in Europe

“I have met or listened to some of the energy industry’s biggest experts in Washington, D.C.!”

D_c3_b3zsa_20IlonaIlona Dózsa is a junior energy expert at Hungarian Gas Trade Ltd., the largest gas trading company in Hungary. Ilona graduated from Corvinus University of Budapest, majoring in finance. She enrolled in the CEMS Master’s in International Management Program and spent a semester in Gothenburg and a semester in Saint Petersburg during her studies. She is a member and former president of Heller Farkas College of Advanced Financial Studies. During her fellowship, Ilona aims to research energy regulation issues in both Hungary and the US.


Moderated a panel in Budapest on transatlantic trade with two current MPs and a former ambassador.

“I have written numerous articles for Paprika Politik blog on the PEGIDA movement in Germany, the new SYRIZA government in Greece, and on Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party.”


Joshua Dill is a graduate of the European Studies Masters program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. His academic studies focused on modern European history and comparative politics, especially the political effects of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Eurozone crisis. He lived in Spain for two years and spent several months in Germany, where he interned in the Bundestag. He has worked as a teacher and translator. During his Pannonius Fellowship, Josh will continue his research in comparative politics.


Visited and interviewed 16 experts from 11 different think tanks on the topics of U.S. political culture, civic education, philantrophy and the role of think tanks.

„The Director of BPCs Democracy Project and the National Security team has organized a joint round table discussion for me on the topic of Polarization in the American and European Party Systems with experts from the field. This has led to to valuable discussion on the topic, which will be continued via skype/video conference in the future.”


Júlia Lakatos studied Political Science at ELTE University in Budapest. She is an analyst and Head of International Relations at the Budapest-based think tank Centre for Fair Political Analysis (Méltányosság Politikaelemző Központ). She is a regular commentator on news in both the Hungarian and international media. Her primary research focuses on the adaptation of foreign best practices in building social cohesion, especially in the fields of civic education and conflict mediation.


This fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of 


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