Cziganyik Zsolt is a literary scholar, the leader of the Democracy in East Central European Utopianism’ research group funded by the Gerda Henkel Fundation. He was born in 1974 in Budapest. He holds an MA from ELTE's English Department and a BTh from Pazmany Peter Catholic University in Budapest. He began teaching at the English Department of ELTE in 2008, while still a student of the Doctoral School of Literature. Between 2013 and 2020 he worked as a Humanities Initiative Fellow at CEU, and also participated in Erasmus exchange programmes in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the treasurer of the Utopian Studies Society. He lives in Budapest with his wife and four children.
His research focus is utopian and dystopian literature and the social and cultural phenomena related to utopianism. He recently completed a monograph investigating the utopian tradition in Hungarian literature.