Alexandra Kowalski is Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. She is also teaching faculty and board member in CEU’s new Cultural Heritage program (MA). She holds a PhD and an MA in Sociology (New York University), and an MA in Philosophy and Epistemology of the Social Sciences (Sorbonne-Paris-IV). She was most recently a Fung Fellow at the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University where she was in residence from 2014-2015.
Alexandra’s research explores the intersection between power and culture in modern history, with particular focus on the state processes and mechanisms that constitute cultural wealth and symbolic value. The history of governmental intervention in the cultural sector is therefore a favorite site of investigation. Her doctoral dissertation studied the scientific and bureaucratic production of French heritage in the post-war era. She has since expanded the scope of her research to the international field, with work on UNESCO, on Hungarian cultural policy, and on the role of international relations in heritage policy formation in the 19th Century. She has also worked and published on everyday culture, sexuality, critical social theory, TV and nationalism, and is now working on the impact of new technologies on the structure of the journalistic field.
Alexandra teaches "State Theory", "State, knowledge, experts," "Cultural Goods: History, Institutions, Practices," "Cultural Policy," "Heritage Policy," "Contemporary Social Theory," "Macrosociology," and "Classical Sociological Theory"