Ferenc Laczó is assistant professor in history. He teaches in the European Studies BA, MA and Minor programs as well as at University College Maastricht. He also acts as the academic secretary of the research group Politics and Culture in Europe and is a member of the Faculty Council.
Ferenc Laczó has studied in Berlin, Bielefeld, Budapest, Utrecht, Vienna and Washington, DC. He received his PhD from the Central European University in Budapest. Prior to Maastricht University, he was employed in Basel and in Jena.
His main research interests lie in political and intellectual history, modern and contemporary European history with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe in the twentieth century, Jewish history and the history of the Holocaust, and questions of history and memory. He is the author of Hungarian Jews in the Age of Genocide. An Intellectual History, 1929-1948 (Leiden: Brill, 2016) and two Hungarian-language books Német múltfeldolgozás. Beszélgetések történészekkel a huszadik század kulcskérdéseiről [The German Process of Dealing with the Past. Conversations with Historians on Key Questions of the Twentieth Century] (Budapest: Kijárat, 2016) and Felvilágosult vallás és modern katasztrófa közt. Magyar zsidó gondolkodás a Horthy-korban [Between Enlightened Religion and Modern Catastrophe. Hungarian Jewish Thought in the Horthy Era] (Budapest: Osiris, 2014). Laczó is the editor or co-editor of several volumes and thematic journal issues, including (with Joachim von Puttkamer) Catastrophe and Utopia. Jewish Intellectuals in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017), Confronting Devastation. Memoirs of Holocaust Survivors from Hungary (Toronto: Azrieli, 2019), and (with Luka Lisjak Gabrijelcic) The Legacy of Division. East and West after 1989 (forthcoming in 2019). Laczó has published peer-reviewed articles in Holocaust Studies. A Journal of Culture and History, the Hungarian Historical Review, the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Contributions to the History of Concepts and the Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook. He has released review essays in Contemporary European History and Yad Vashem Studies, among others, and published book reviews in journals such as East Central Europe, Europe-Asia Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of British Studies, Slavic Review, The Historian or Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung. He is the head of the research group "Cultural Memory of Dissent" in the COST Action "New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent."
Ferenc Laczó writes primarily in English and Hungarian. He has been quoted on BBC World Service, in China Daily, Veja and Index.hu. His writings have also appeared in Czech, Danish, German, Hebrew, Polish, Slovene and Turkish translation. His books have been reviewed in more than twenty journals.