Master of Arts, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1971. Doctor of Science, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy, Hungarian Academy Letters & Science, Budapest, 1979.
Habilitation, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 1996. Doctor of Letters, Hungarian Academy Letters & Science, Budapest, 1998.
From assistant professor to professor Eötvös Loránd University, since 1971. Chair department American Studies Eötvös Loránd University, 1992-1994, director School English and American Studies, 1994-2001. Fulbright visiting professor University California, Santa Barbara, 1987-1990, director New Europe program, 1994-1997.
Distinguished visiting professor University Nevada, Reno, 1990-1991. Consultant Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Santa Barbara, 1991-1996.
Research secretary Mass Communications Research Center, Budapest, 1974-1975. Hungarian Minister of Culture and Education, Budapest, 1984-1986. Member European Association for American Studies (board 1994-2000), New York Academy of Sciences (Országh László prize 2000).
Married Zsuzsanna Várkonyi, April 20, 1974. 1 child, Benedek.