Hanga Horváth-Sántha is a Visiting Fellow at Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom where she researches the contemporary persecution of Christians in Nigeria with a special focus on the underlying Salafi Jihadist justification and ideology.
Hanga earned her Master of Laws degree at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, including one year of masters studies in Fribourg, Switzerland. She specialized in security policy at the Center for Asymmetric Threats and Terrorism Studies at the Swedish National Defence College and has through her professional carreer focused on radicalization into violent extremism and terrorism. She is currently completing her PhD at the Faculty for Military Sciences and Officer Training at the National University for Public Service in Budapest, Hungary. In her research Hanga investigates underlying causes to radicalization into Salafi Jihadism among second and third generation immigrants in Western Europe. She has – among others – conducted interviews with former Jihadists as well as with Christian asylum-seekers fleeing from religious persecution. Her latest field research was the methodology of de-radicalising the children of ISIS in Indonesia, including in-depth interviews with defectors.
Previously, Hanga has held positions as Special Advisor at the Swedish Ministry of Justice, the Prime Minister’s Office (Crisis Management and Coordination Secretariat) as well as the National Police Board, focusing on issues related to the prevention of violent extremism. She moved to Hungary in 2015 and worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Migration Research Institute, researching the nexus between migration in security. During the course of her work she has conducted field research in several countries including Turkey, Greece, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Germany and curated the exhibition on persecution of Christians in the Middle East at the Hungarian National Museum.
Hanga currently lives in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, with her husband and two children. In her spare time Hanga enjoys spending time with her family above all. She never says no to a good book, theater, a good game of badminton or to Hungarian folk dance. After the time at Hudson Institute it is her aim to establish an internationally recognised research group in Hungary focusing on security policy, terrorism, prevention of violent radicalisation and contemporary persecution of Christians.