Zoltán Búzás, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Zoltan Buzas

Office: 3025 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.2477

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  • PhD, Political Science, Ohio State University, 2012
  • MA, Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware, 2006 
  • BA, European Studies and International Relations, Babeş-Bolyai University (RO), 2004 


Zoltán Búzás earned his PhD at the Ohio State University in 2012. His research examines racial and ethnic questions pertaining to international law and international security. His current research project centers on the evasion of international law. The project proposes that agents do not simply follow or violate the law, but that they also evade it by exploiting loopholes broadly construed. Drawing on semi-structured interviews, primary sources, and an interdisciplinary secondary literature, the project illustrates the usefulness of law evasion in the case of the treatment of Roma immigrants in the European Union. His dissertation, “Race and International Politics,” argues that patterns of international discord and cooperation are determined not only by conventional variables like regime type or material capabilities, but by racial prejudice as well. Under particular conditions, prejudices pertaining to racial difference inflate threat perceptions and facilitate discord, while prejudices pertaining to racial similarity deflate threat perceptions and facilitate cooperation.

Zoltán published “The Color of Threat” in Security Studies 22:4 (November 2013). During Fall 2014 he will be a Visiting Scholar at McGill University’s Centre for International Peace and Security Studies.

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