Sara Swerdlyk

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I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University. My research is situated within two fields of study: critical migration/citizenship studies and the tradition of political economy within anthropology, with a particular focus on class and citizenship dynamics amongst the Romani minority of postsocialist Hungary. The last decade has borne witness to thousands of Hungarian Roma seeking asylum protection in Canada, where Hungary currently figures as one of the leading refugee-sending countries. I use the study of Romani marginalization and migration as an entry-point for making sense of how the parameters of class and citizenship are being redrawn in the current global system and what these reconfigurations reveal about the value regimes of contemporary capitalism. I do this by way of a multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork project in Miskolc, Hungary, and Toronto, Canada.


political economy; class; citizenship; critical border and migration studies; global ethnography; Gramsci; postsocialism in Hungary; Hungarian Roma and Romani mobility



September 2020-August 2021: Visiting scholar, Department of Sociology, McMaster University, Canada
January 2018-April 2020: Lecturer in History and Economics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Innovative Learning, Humber College, Canada
January-December 2017: Visiting scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada
2011-2013: International Masters in Economy, State, and Society, with concentration in Central and Eastern Europe, University College London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies), United Kingdom
2011-2013: MA in International Relations, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
2003-2010: BA in International Development Studies and Indigenous Studies (joint-major), with emphasis in Global Power and Politics, Trent University, Canada