Born in 1948 in Budapest, Hungary, Tibor FRANK is Professor Emeritus of History at the Department of American Studies and was Director of the School of English and American Studies, at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary (1994—2001, 2006-2014). He was one of the founding members of the Department of American Studies in ELTE in 1990 and Chair from 1992 to 1994. In Spring 2000 he set up a new Ph.D. program in American Studies at Eötvös Loránd University which he serves as program director.
Tibor FRANK was educated as a historian at ELTE and in Cambridge, England (Christ’s College 1969, Darwin College 1980—81). He has been teaching at ELTE since graduating in 1971 with an M.A. in History and English, obtaining his Dr. Univ. in Modern History (1973). He received his Ph.D. in History at the Hungarian Academy of Letters and Science (1979), his Habilitation in History at ELTE in 1996, and his D.Litt. at the Hungarian Academy of Letters and Science in 1998. In 2013 he was elected corresponding member, in 2019 full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Between 1988 and 1990 Tibor FRANK taught as a Fulbright Visiting Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and also at UCLA. In 1990—91 he was invited to the University of Nevada-Reno as an NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor of History, sponsored by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Between 1988—97 he taught History courses every Summer at UCSB Summer Sessions; between 1994 and 1997 he was founder and director of UCSB’s The New Europe program. He was an István Deák Chair Visiting Professor at the History Department of Columbia University in the City of New York in 2001, 2007, and 2010.
Since 1992 he has been a regular visiting professor at the Education Abroad Program of the University of California in Budapest, Hungary (1992—2008), at the Center for the Study of American Culture and Language in Salzburg, Austria (1995), in the Nationalism Studies Program of the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (1999—2001), in the UNESCO-sponsored Minorities Studies Program of the Institute of Sociology of ELTE (1995, 1997), and the IES Abroad Vienna (formerly Institute of European Studies) in Vienna, Austria (1999—). He has lectured in over 40 U.S., Canadian, British and European universities and contributed to over 80 conferences in both Europe and the United States. His books, articles and chapters have been published in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United States.
Between 2003 and 2009 he acted as a teamleader, with Frank Hadler (GWZO, Leipzig) of the European Science Foundation Programme “Representations of the Past: The Writing of National Histories in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe” (Team 4: “Overlapping National Histories”), published by Palgrave Macmillan as Disputed Territories and Shared Pasts: Overlapping National Histories in Modern Europe in 2011.
Dr. FRANK founded Hungary’s Modern Language Association in 1983; he served the Association as Secretary General between 1983 and 1996, and had been its Vice President between 1996 and 2007. He (co-)organized over twenty major international multidisciplinary conferences between 1972 and 2011. He has been on the boards of Historical Abstracts (Santa Barbara—Oxford, 1989—93, 2000—2008), Nationalities Papers (New York, 1989—), Polanyiana (Budapest, 1994—), and the European Journal of American Culture (Nottingham, England, 1998); as of 2005 he is Associate Editor of Nationalities Papers. He was co-president (1994—2001), and is currently honorary president (2004—), of the Hungarian Association for American Studies and was a board member of the European Association for American Studies (1994—2001). He was a member of the Board of the U.S.─Hungarian Fulbright Commission between 1999—2002, 2009—2011, 2013—). In 2010-2011 he was Chairman of the Board. Between 2007 and 2015 he was Vice President of Magyar Történelmi Társulat [Hungarian Historical Association], in 2015 he was elected Editor of its journal Századok. Since 2017 he has been chairman of the Committee of Historical Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Between 2008 and 2013 he was founding editor-in-chief of the Trefort-kert (later Trefort Campus) magazine of the Faculty of Humanities, ELTE.
Tibor FRANK was awarded the C. E. Eckersley Prize in 1970, the Felsőoktatási Tanulmányi Érdemérem [Hungarian Higher Education Award] in 1972, the Országh László Prize in 2000, and the Pro Universitate and the Pro Neophilologia in Hungaria awards in 2002. He received the Humboldt Forschungspreis (Research Award) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for 2002 and, as a result, he spent the academic year 2003—04 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin, Germany. In recognition of his achievement in higher education he was awarded the Szent-Györgyi Albert Prize in 2005. He was elected Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London in 2006.
Recent books: Ethnicity, Propaganda, Myth-Making: Studies on Hungarian Connections to Britain and America 1848-1945 (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1999); From Habsburg Agent to Victorian Scholar: G. G. Zerffi 1820—1892 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000); Ein Diener seiner Herren: Werdegang des österreichischen Geheimagenten Gustav Zerffi (1820–1892) (Wien—Köln—Weimar: Böhlau Verlag, 2002); (Ed.) Discussing Hitler: Advisers of U.S. Diplomacy in Central Europe, 1934—1941 (Budapest—New York: CEU Press, 2003); (Ed.) Ever Ready to Go: The Multiple Exiles of Leo Szilard (Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 2004);Picturing Austria-Hungary: The British Perception of the Habsburg Monarchy 1865—1870 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005); ハンガリー西欧幻想の罠 — 戦間期の親英米派と領土問題 Hangarii Seiou-Gensou no Wana – Senkanki no Kaneibeiha to Ryoudomondai (Tokyo: Sairyu Sha, 2008); (Hg.) Zwischen Roosevelt und Hitler. Die Geheimgespräche eines amerikanischen Diplomaten in Budapest 1934–1941 (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2009); Double Exile: Migrations of Jewish-Hungarian Professionals through Germany to the United States 1919–1945 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009); Tibor Frank and Frank Hadler (eds), Disputed Territories and Shared Pasts: Overlapping National Histories in Modern Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Kettős kivándorlás. Budapest—Berlin—New York 1919–1945 (Budapest: Gondolat, 2012, 2nd enlarged ed. 2015).