, Ph.D., habil., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University
, and former Co-Chair of the Hungarian Association of American Studies. Ms. Bollobás studied in Budapest and Minneapolis; twice she was Visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Oregon in Eugene, teaching courses in American and Hungarian Literature. She was also Rockefeller Visiting Scholar and Professor at the University of Iowa in 1998 and 2000. Her professional interests range from American modern and postmodern poetry, especially the traditions of experimentation and avantgarde, and free verse prosodies to women's fiction, Gender Studies and U.S. Studies theories. She has published three books on American literature: Az amerikai irodalom története [A History of American Literature], Budapest: Osiris, 2005; Charles Olson, New York: Twayne, 1992; Tradition and Innovation in American Free Verse, Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1986. Her numerous essays have appeared in international scholarly journals such as American Quarterly, Journal of Pragmatics, Language and Style, and Word and Image. Currently she is working on Performing Texts: American Writing as Act and Dialogue, a pragmatic approach to textual constructions of identity and reality.
During the 1980s Ms. Bollobás was active in the political opposition of communist Hungary. As part of her commitment to human rights, in 1989 she founded the political discussion group Hungarian Feminists, the first non-communist organization to address women's issues.
Dr. Bollobás worked in government administration between 1990 and 1994: as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and as Director of the Department of Atlantic and Israeli Affairs of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry. As a senior diplomat posted in Washington, D.C., she lectured nationwide on East-Central Europe's democratic transition, ethnic tensions and regional cooperations, Hungary's foreign and security policy, the Jewish community in Eastern Europe and other topics of interest. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune, and were incorporated into the Congressional Record of the U.S. Congress.
Enikő Bollobás is married, has a daughter (who is a psychologist) and a son (who is a medical doctor); she lives in Budapest with her husband, scholar of French literature and civilization.