Balazs Szelenyi

Associate Teaching Professor


Balazs Szelenyi received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1998 and teaches classes on Philosophy, Globalization, Sociology and History for Northeastern University. His first major area of research was on urban history and urban development. Based on that research he published his first book called The Failure of the Central European Bourgeoisie (2006), and an article on the dynamics of urban development in the early modern period in the American Historical Review. His second area of research was on the origins and causes of genocide, for which he received fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Commission, and the German Marshal Fund. In 2003 he was named a Fulbright New Century Scholar for his research on genocide and the Holocaust. He has published articles in the academic journals Past and Present, Theory and Society, Social History, and the Austrian History Yearbook. Balazs has also co-edited a book called Cores, Peripheries and Globalization (2011). Currently Balazs is finishing his book on the Holocaust called From Minority to Übermensch, as well as developing a new interest on the impact of technology on society and the moral dilemmas involved in the evolution of transhumanism.


PhD from University of California-Los Angeles (1998)

Professional Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor Boston College: History Department 2008-2010

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow George Mason University: History Department 2006-2008           

Lecturer Pomona College: History Department 2006 and 1998   

Lecturer UCLA in History Department 2005 and 1998

Lecturer Santa Monica College History Department 2005-2006 

Teaching Associate and Assistant UCLA History Department, 1992-1996