Sándor Szakály DSc obtained his MA degree majoring in history and library from the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in 1980. His main research area is the history of Hungary between 1919 and 1945, the engagement of the country in the Second World War, the history of the former Hungarian law enforcement bodies, and the history of the politics and sports in the mentioned period. He has published several volumes during his career.
On January 16, 1982, he received his doctoral degree in humanities with “summa cum laude”. Since 1990 he is the candidate of historical sciences, since 2006 the doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), and also the doctor of historical sciences with habilitation (ELTE).
In the course of his career he worked in a number of areas of the scientific and cultural life. He occupied more than one position at the Institute and Museum of Military History; for two years (1999-2000) he was the general director of the institution. Thereafter he became the cultural director, and then vice-president of the television channel named Duna Televízió Rt.
From September 2007 he is the professor of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences of the Semmelweis University, subsequently the professor of the Pannon University, then the professor and head of department of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, the founder and leader of the Doctoral School of History. From 2013 he is the vice-rector for science of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) and the professor of the Law Enforcement Faculty of NUPS. Since 2nd January 2014 he is the General Director of the VERITAS Institute, and also the head of department and professor of the Faculty of Humanities of the Károli Gáspár University.
He fulfils several scientific and public functions. In addition to the Honvédségi Szemle, he is the member of the editorial board of many scientific journals.