Luca Váradi is a recurrent visiting lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University. Her research focuses on ethnic prejudices and especially on the formation of prejudice in adolescence.
Luca Váradi finished her PhD in sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2012 and served as a research fellow at the University of Hamburg until 2014. She wrote her dissertation about the attitudes of Hungarian teenagers towards the Roma minority that was based on a survey of 1000 students. Her book, ‘Youths Trapped in Prejudice: Hungarian Adolescents’ Attitudes towards the Roma’ was published in 2014 at Springer VS.
Luca Váradi has graduated in 2006 from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and specialized in ethnic and minority studies. Between 2006 and 2008 she was involved in research on migration issues and worked for the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Institute of Ethnic and National Minorities and for the Menedék Organisation for Migrants. In Germany, she participated in the Interdisciplinary Institute for Conflict and Violence Research’s study on Group-Focused Enmity in Europe. Currently, she is preparing a longitudinal study mapping the formation of common social norms in school classes and their effect on the intergroup attitudes of teenagers. Luca Váradi also works together with teachers and NGO-s helping to utilise research results for school-based intervention programs against prejudice.