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

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

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

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


  • “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