CEU Alumna and CPS Fellow Kocze Wins Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Angela Kocze, a researcher with CEU's Center for Policy Studies and a doctoral graduate of CEU's Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, has been chosen to receive the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, given by the Woodrow Wilson Center honoring democracy advocates. Kocze, a leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and scholar, is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University as well as a research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Kocze has an international reputation for interdisciplinary approach, combining political activism and policy-making with in-depth participatory research studies on the Roma situation in Hungary and elsewhere. Kocze was a founding director of the European Roma Information Office (ERIO) in Brussels (2003-2004), as well as the former director of the human rights education program at the European Roma Rights Centre (1998-2003) in Budapest. Kocze was the founding director of the Romaversitas program (1996) in Budapest, which offers scholarships and mentorship for underprivileged Roma minority university students. For more information, see https://cps.ceu.hu/news/2013-11-04/dr-kocze-receives-the-2013-ion-ratiu-.... or read about Kocze in the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/11/05/ratiu-democracy-award-winner-fights-anti-gypsy-prejudice/