She and her family returned to Hungary in 1969 where she studied English language and literature as well as Romance studies in Budapest (1976-1981), Lisbon, Minneapolis and New Brunswick.
She has worked in film studios, curated art exhibitions, was a fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, research fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institut in Berlin, a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, as well as a writer in residence in Zug in Switzerland. She lives and works in Budapest, where she is Associate Professor at Eötvös Loránd University, Department of American Studies. From August 2015 to July 2016 Bán will be a writer in residence at the German Academic Exchange Service (German Academic Exchange Service) Artists-in-Berlin Program.
Non-fiction Exponált Emlék – Családi képek a magán- és közösségi emlékezetben, educated
Zsófia Bán and Hedvig Turai, AICA/Argumentum, Budapest 2008. Exposed Memory: Family Pictures in Private and Collective Memory, AICA-CEU Press, Budapest 2010.
Próbacsomagolás, Kalligram, Budapest/Bratislava 2008. Amerikáner: A huszadik századi amerikai irodalom és mûvészet kultikus darabjai, Magvető, Budapest 2000.
Zsófia Bán has regular publications in magazines and anthologies.
2014: International Literature Award (Shortlist).