Julia Szalai is the Principal Researcher of the EDUMIGROM project (“Ethnic Differences in Education and Diverging Prospects for Urban Youth in an Enlarged Europe”), a research initiative launched in March 2008 within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. During the past decade, she has been involved in a great number of cross-country comparative studies, such as Class, Gender and Ethnicity in Crossnational Comparison; Gender and Development: Ten Years After Beijing; The European Roma: Theorising Marginality,Resistance and Integration; Gender Equality, Cultural Diversity: European Comparisons and Lesson; and Multi-disciplinary and Cross-national Approaches to Romany Studies. She has been affiliated with a great number of acknowledged research centers in Europe and the United States, including Stockholm University, University of Glasgow, University of London, Nuffield College, Free University – Amsterdam, IWM–Vienna, Collegium Budapest, University of Wisconsin, Georgetown University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). In recognition of her work, she was awarded by the Scientific Board of the Soros Foundation (“Creativity Award” – 2003), the President of Hungary (2004), and the Hungarian Sociological Association (“Polanyi Award” – 2005). On the basis of her achievements in comparative social studies, she has been elected by the United Nations to serve as a Member of the Board of UNRISD – Geneva.