Dr. Anca Mandru

KWI International Fellow

Academic Career

2021- 2023
Gerda Henkel Postdoctoral Researcher in the project “The Liminality of Failing Democracy: East Central Europe during the Interwar Slump,” University of Birmingham, UK

2019- 2020
Teaching Fellow in Modern European History, Department of History, University of Birmingham, UK

2019
PhD, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA; Thesis Title: Socialism of Sentiment: Progress, Culture and Community in the Early Romanian Left (1880-1914), supervisor: Maria Todorova

2016- 2017
The Humanities Research Institute (HRI) at the University of Illinois Graduate Fellowship

2012-2013
American Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC IDRF)

2012
Dan David Prize Graduate Fellowship for History/Biography


Research Interests

  • Eastern European History
  • Comparative Socialism(s) and Nationalism(s)
  • Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Sociology of Literature
  • Social and Cultural History of the Great Depression

Publications

  • “The Allure of Royal Patronage: Interwar Romanian Intellectuals and the Quest for Security” (under review for Slavic Review).
  • The Great Depression in Eastern Europe, volume co-edited with Klaus Richter and Jasmin Nithammer, under contract with CEU Press.
  • “Degrees of Crisis: The Romanian Countryside during the Great Depression,”, chapter in volume Building Citizenship in Central and South-Eastern Europe, edited by Andrei Sora, Sorin Radu and Constantin Iordachi, under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.
  • “Circumventing the Uncomfortable: The Historiography of the Early Romanian Left,” in Re-Imagining the Balkans: How to Think and Teach a Region, edited by Augusta Dimou, Theodora Dragostinova, and Veneta Ivanova (Regensburg, 2023), 257-268.
  • “‘Nationalism as a National Danger’? Early Romanian Socialists and the Paradoxes of the National Question (1880-1914)” Nationalities Papers Vol.43, Issue 2 (2015), 319-336.

Extensive CV