Professor Béla Bodó

Curriculum Vitae 


Béla Bodó is a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg from October 2013 until October 2014. He completed his undergraduate education at the University Debrecen, Hungary and the University of Toronto, Canada in 1990. He received his Ph. D. from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1998. He is a tenured Associate Professor at the Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, United States America.


Research project at  the Imre Kertész Kolleg


As a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Dr. Bodó seeks to complete the German leg of the research on his new monograph project, tentatively entitled "The Culture of Defeat": Chaos, Political Paranoia and the Birth of Fascism in Central Europe, 1918-1921. The study deals with popular reactions to military defeat and revolutions in three Central European countries (Hungary, Germany and Austria) and the transformation of national cultures after the First World War. Interdisciplinary in nature, the book project covers not just history, but also political science, sociology, mass psychology, linguistics and art history. The project's goal is to increase public awareness of the international nature of modern right-wing movements as manifested, after the First World War, in the language, art, and the propaganda and organizational structure of militias, patriotic associations and political parties, as well as in the strong political ties that existed among groups located across national borders.


Research Areas


  • Political Violence in Central and Eastern Europe after the First World War
  • Crime and Domestic Violence in the first half of the twentieth century
  • Military history
  • Anti-Semitism



Membership in professional organizations 


  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)
  • American Association for the Study of Hungarian History (AASHH) - served in various functions since 1997 
  • H-German; H-Habsburg