Andrei Cușco

Andrei Cusco (b. 1982, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova) holds a Ph.D. degree in the Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe from the Department of History of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. His research interests focus on modern East European history, comparative history of the Eurasian empires, intellectual history and historiography. Starting from September 2008, he is a Lecturer at the Department of World History of the “Ion Creanga” State Pedagogical University in Chisinau. Since 2011, Dr. Cusco has been Director of the Center for Empire Studies at the Department of History and Philosophy within Moldova State University.

Area of Interest: 

1. Modern History of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe;

2. Comparative Studies of Modern Eurasian Empires;

3. Intellectual History of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe;

4. Symbolic Geography of the Russian Empire, Romania and Bessarabia.

Affiliation: 
Department of History and Philosophy, State University of Moldova
Education: 

2002-2008

Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary

Ph.D. in Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe

Dissertation Title: Between Nation and Empire: Russian and Romanian Competing Visions of Bessarabia in the Second Half of the 19th and Early 20th Century. Defended on June 4, 2008 (Magna cum Laude).

2006-2007

Fellow (“Petre Tutea” Fellowship), New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania

2004 (October- December)

Visiting Scholar, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

 

2001-2002

Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary

MA in Central European History

Title of MA Thesis: Representations of the Identity of the Bessarabian Romanians in the Russian Historiography, 1812-1918

1997-2001

The State University of Moldova, Department of History

Licentiate Diploma in Historical Studies (BA equivalent)

Professional experience: 

October 2010 – present

Department of History and Philosophy, State University of Moldova, Research Associate and Director, Center for Empire Studies

September 2008 – present

Department of History and Geography, “Ion Creanga” State Pedagogical University of Moldova, Lecturer

Fall 2005

Department of History, Central European University

Teaching Assistant

Publications: 

Book:

Андрей Кушко, Виктор Таки. Бессарабия в составе Российской Империи (1812-1917) [Bessarabia as a Part of the Russian Empire, 1812-1917]. Москва: Новое Литературное Обозрение, 2012, 400 pp. ISBN 978-5-86793-970-0

Edited volumes:

Diana Dumitru, Igor Caşu, Andrei Cuşco, Petru Negură, eds. Al Doilea Război Mondial: memorie şi istorie în Estul şi Vestul Europei [World War II: Memory and History in Eastern and Western Europe]. Chisinau: Cartier, 2013, 332 pp. ISBN 978-9975-79-803-7 

Flavius Solomon, Bogdan Ceobanu, Andrei Cușco, Grigorii Șkundin, eds. Rapoarte diplomatice ruse din România (1888-1898) [Russian Diplomatic Reports from Romania, 1888-1898]. Iași: ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Press, 2014. 460 pp. ISBN: 978-606-714-087-3

Articles and book chapters: 

 

  1. (with Igor Sarov) “Identitatea naţională a basarabenilor în istoriografia rusă: între trecut şi prezent” [The national identity of the Bessarabians reflected in Russian historiography: between past and present], in: Moldova Between East and West: National Identity and European Orientation. Materials of the scientific conference, Chisinau, 2001, pp. 219-226
  2. (with Igor Sarov) “Identitatea naţională a basarabenilor în istoriografia rusă din secolul XIX” [The national identity of the Bessarabians interpreted by the XIX-century Russian historiography], in: Flavius Solomon and Alexandru Zub, eds. Basarabia. Dilemele identităţii [Bessarabia. The Dilemmas of Identity]. Iasi: “A. D. Xenopol” Academic Foundation”, 2001, pp. 21-35
  3. (with Igor Sarov) „Mitul „misiunii divine a Rusiei de eliberare şi civilizare a popoarelor” şi impactul lui asupra istoriografiei ruse din secolul al XIX-lea” [The myth of “Russia’s holy mission to liberate and civilize oppressed peoples” and its impact on the XIX-century Russian historiography], in: Republica Moldova şi România: Un deceniu de relaţii complexe [Republic of Moldova and Romania: A decade of complex relations]. Chisinau, 2002, pp. 42-46
  4. “The Attitude of the Local Romanian Population of Bessarabia towards the Russian Authorities and the Problem of “Reactive Identity,” in: The Annals of the University “Dunarea de Jos” of Galati- History, issue 19, Vol. I, 2002, pp. 69-85 
  5. “Some Considerations on the Ethnic and Cultural Identity of the Bessarabian Romanians Reflected in the Russian Historiography”, in: XENOPOLIANA. Journal of “A. D. Xenopol” Academic Foundation- Iasi, Nr. 10 (1-4), 2002, pp. 88-105
  6. Basarabia văzută de celălalt sau eterna dilemă a identităţii” [Bessarabia under the gaze of the “Other”, or the eternal dilemma of identity], in: CONTRAFORT. Journal of Young Writers from the Republic of Moldova, Nr. 9-10, 2002, p. 21
  7. (with Victor Taki). “Kto my?” Istoriograficheskii vybor: Rumynskaia natsiia ili moldavskaia gosudarstvennost’” [“Who Are We”? A Historiographic Choice between the Romanian Nation and Moldavian Statehood], in: AB IMPERIO. Theory and History of Nationalism and Empire in the Post-Soviet Space, Nr. 1, 2003, pp. 485-495
  8. Some Considerations on the Ethnic Identity of the Bessarabian Romanians Reflected in XIX-century Russian Historiography, in: In Memoriam Professoris Mihail Muntean. Chisinau: Cartdidact & USM, 2003, p. 232-252
  9. Between Revolutionary Utopia and State Pragmatism: The Moldavian ASSR as a Controversial “Soviet Piedmont,” in: The Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, Vol. 4, Nr. 1, (May 2004), pp. 7-27
  10. [Review Essay]. Terry Martin. “The Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the Soviet Union (1923-1939).” Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, 2001, 496 pp.; Elena Negru. “Politica etnoculturala in RASS Moldoveneasca (1924-1940).” [Ethno-cultural Policy in the Moldavian ASSR (1924-1940)]. Chisinau: Prut International, 2003, 204 pp. In: PONTES. Review of South East European Studies, Nr. I, 2004, pp. 177-183  
  11. “Hayden White and His Critics: History vs. Literature and the Problem of Narrative,”  in: Annals of the National Association of Young Historians of Moldova. Historical Yearbook, vol. V, Chisinau, PONTOS, 2004, pp. 165-169
  12. “History in a Postmodern Era: Problems and Challenges,” in: Studia Universitatis “Petru Maior.”[Targu Mures]. Series HISTORIA. Volume 5.  Targu Mures, 2005, pp. 215-228
  13. Three Hypostases of the “Bessarabian Refugee:” Hasdeu, Stere, Moruzi and the Uncertainty of Identity,” in: Yearbook of the “Gheorghe Sincai” Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities of the Romanian Academy, Targu Mures, Nr. VIII-IX, 2005-2006, pp. 104-119 
  14. De la graniţă imperială la „frontieră europeană”: istorie, politică şi ambiguitatea apartenenţei în cazul Basarabiei/Republicii Moldova” [From an Imperial Borderland to a „European Frontier:” History, Politics, and the Ambiguity of Belonging in the Case of Bessarabia/ Republic of Moldova], in: CONTRAFORT. Journal of Young Writers from the Republic of Moldova, Nr. 4-5, 2007, pp. 20-22
  15.  (with Igor Sarov) „Der öffentliche Identitätsdiskurs der Historiker: Strömungen, Meinungen, Auseinandersetzungen“ [The Public Identity Discourse of the Historians: Currents, Opinions, Controversial Debates], in: Klaus Bochmann, Vasile Dumbrava (Hg.) Sprachliche Individuation in mehrsprachigen Regionen Osteuropas. 1. Republik Moldova (=Band 1. Veröffentlichungen des Moldova-Instituts Leipzig). Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2007, pp. 130-158
  16. From an Imperial Borderland to a “European Frontier:” History, Politics, and the Ambiguity of Belonging (The Case of Bessarabia/ Moldova),” in: Lucian Boia and Anca Oroveanu, eds. The Borders of Europe. An International Symposium (New Europe College, Bucharest, 24-25 November, 2006). Bucharest: Bucharest University Press, 2007, pp. 169-200
  17. “Estate Interest vs. State Service: The (Un)easy Integration of the Bessarabian Nobility into the Russian Imperial System, in: The European Review of History/ Revue Européenne d’Histoire (ERH), Vol. 16, Nr. 1, 2009, pp. 15-32   
  18. (with Igor Şarov) “Identitate, memorie şi discurs istoric în Moldova postsovietică: O abordare critică” [Identity, Memory and Historical Discourse in Post-Soviet Moldova: A Critical Approach], in: Svetlana Suveică, Ion Eremia et al. (ed.). Istoriografie şi politică în estul şi vestul spaţiului românesc [Historiography and Politics at the Eastern and Western Periphery of the Romanian Cultural Space]. Chişinău / Oradea: Oradea University Press, 2009, pp. 72-87  
  19. “Zwischen ‚Orientalismus‘ und Objektivität. Bessarabien in der russischen Ethnographie des 19. Jahrhunderts“ [Between Orientalism and Objectivity: Bessarabia in the Russian Ethnography of the 19th Century], in: Flavius Solomon, Krista Zach and Juliane Brandt, eds. Vorbild Europa und die Modernisierung in Mittel- und Südosteuropa (=Band 29. Geschichte: Forschung und Wissenschaft). Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2009, pp. 233-251   
  20. „Imperiu şi naţiune în Estul şi Vestul european: comparaţii, dileme, interpretări şi consecinţe” (Note de curs) [An Introduction to the History of Empires in Eastern and Western Europe. Didactic Aid]. In: Andrei Cuşco, Igor Caşu, Yuri Josanu. Imperii, naţionalisme şi sisteme politice [Empires, Nationalisms and Political Systems]. CEP USM: Chişinău, 2009, pp. 4-81
  21. Frontiers, Geography, and the Spatial Limits of Modernity through the Lens of Russian and Romanian Intellectuals (Late 19th and Early 20th Century),” in: Irina Vainovski-Mihai, ed. New Europe College. Petre Ţuţea Program Yearbook. Bucharest, 2009, pp. 79-120
  22. Geografie, frontiere şi limitele spaţiale ale modernităţii prin prisma intelectualilor ruşi şi români de la sfârşitul secolului al XIX-lea şi începutul secolului al XX-lea“ [Romanian version of the above], in: Irina Vainovski-Mihai, ed. New Europe College. Petre Ţuţea Program Yearbook. Bucharest, 2009, pp. 33-78
  23.  “The Russian-Romanian 1878 Controversy: Between Realpolitik and National Dignity,” in: PONTES. Review of South-East European Studies, Vol. 5, 2009, pp. 51-102
  24. Андрей Кушко, Виктор Таки. «Конструируя Бессарабию: Имперские и национальные модели построения провинции» [„Constructing Bessarabia: Imperial and National Models of Province-Building”], in: Мартин Ауст, Рикарда Вульпиус, Алексей Миллер (ред.). Imperium inter pares: Роль трансферов в истории Российской империи (1700-1917) (Москва: Новое Литературное Обозрение, 2010), pp. 210-243
  25. Andrei Cusco, Victor Taki. „Constructing Bessarabia: Imperial and National Models of Province-Building”, in:  Sorin Şipoş, Ioan Horga, Igor Şarov, Mircea Brie, Ion Gumenâi, eds., Politici imperiale în Estul şi Vestul spaţiului românesc [Imperial Policies in the Eastern and Western Regions of the Romanian-Speaking Space]. Oradea-Chişinău: Oradea University Press, 2010, pp. 315-344
  26. (with Igor Sarov) „Moştenirile regimului comunist în perioada postsovietică: Memorie, continuităţi, consecinţe” [The Legacies of the Communist Regime in the Post-Soviet Period: Memory, Continuities, and Consequences],  in: Sergiu Musteaţă, Igor Caşu, eds. Fără termen de prescripţie: Aspecte ale investigării crimelor comunismului în Europa [Without Limitation Period: Aspects of the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism in Europe]. Chişinău: Cartier, 2011, pp. 725-768
  27. „Problema Basarabiei de Sud în discursul imperial rus după 1878: viziuni ale alterităţii şi transferuri instituţionale” [The Problem of Southern Bessarabia in the Russian Imperial Discourse after 1878: Visions of Otherness and Institutional Transfers], in: Vasile Ciobanu, Flavius Solomon, Sorin Radu, eds. Partide politice şi minorităţi naţionale din România în secolul XX [Political Parties and National Minorities in 20th-Century Romania]. [Vol.6]. Cluj-Napoca: Kriterion, 2011, pp.203-215     
  28. (with Igor Sarov). “Bessarabien im russischen Zarenreich” [Bessarabia as a Part of the Russian Empire], in: Klaus Bochmann, Vasile Dumbrava, Dietmar Müller, Victoria Reinhardt (eds.). Handbuch: Republik Moldova [The Republic of Moldova: An Encyclopedic Guide], Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2012, pp. 38-59
  29. “Constantin Stere, the ‘Bessarabian Question’ and Romanian Foreign Policy Debates in the Early 20th Century,” in: Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, Vol. 60 (2012), Heft 1, pp. 204-225
  30. «Политика памяти» и «историческая политика» в постсоветской Молдове» [The Politics of Memory and “Historical Policy” in Post-Soviet Moldova], in: А. Миллер, М. Липман, ред. Историческая политика в XXI веке: Сборник статей. Москва: Новое Литературное Обозрение, 2012, pp. 256-291
  31. “The “Politics of Memory” and “Historical Policy” in Post-Soviet Moldova,” in: Alexei Miller and Maria Lipman, eds. The Convolutions of Historical Politics. Budapest – New York: CEU Press, 2012, pp. 175-210     
  32. “Prefaţă” [Introduction], in: Diana Dumitru, Igor Caşu, Andrei Cuşco, Petru Negură, eds. Al Doilea Război Mondial: memorie şi istorie în Estul şi Vestul Europei [World War II: Memory and History in Eastern and Western Europe]. Chisinau: Cartier, 2013, pp. 7-24
  33. Flavius Solomon, Andrei Cușco. ”Rapoarte diplomatice ruse din România (1888-1898). Studiu introductiv / Дипломатические документы российских представителей в Румынии (1888-1898 гг.). Введение” [Russian Diplomatic Reports from Romania, 1888-1898. Introduction], in: Flavius Solomon, Bogdan Ceobanu, Andrei Cușco, Grigorii Șkundin, eds. Rapoarte diplomatice ruse din România (1888-1898) [Russian Diplomatic Reports from Romania, 1888-1898]. Iași: ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Press, 2014, pp. 17-48 (Romanian version) and pp. 49-85 (Russian version)
  34. ”1878, Before and After: Romanian Nation-Building, Russian Imperial Policies, and Visions of Otherness in Southern Bessarabia,” in: EUXEINOS: Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region, Vol. 15/16 (2014): ”Moldova: A Borderland’s Fluid History,” pp. 20-33
  35. ”Nationalism and War in a Contested Borderland: The Case of Russian Bessarabia (1914-1917)”, in: Eric Lohr, Vera Tolz, Alexander Semyonov, and Mark von Hagen, eds. The Empire and Nationalism at War (Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2014), pp. 137-162

Encyclopedia Entry:

“Commission for the Study and Evaluation of the Totalitarian Communist Regime in the Republic of Moldova / Comisia pentru studierea şi aprecierea regimului comunist totalitar din Republica Moldova,” in: Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, edited by Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky, Volume 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 48-53. ISBN 0521196248, 9780521196246.  

Conferences: 

Paper Title: “Some problems of the identity of the Bessarabian Romanians reflected in the Russian historiography (1812/1918).” Presented at the CEP International Students’ Conference “Restitutio in Integrum (24 February 2001). 

Paper Title: „Hayden White and his Critics: History vs. Literature and the Problem of Narrative” presented at the International Conference „History, Culture and Education in Post-totalitarian Societies” (organized by CEP and the National Association of Young Historians of Moldova), Chisinau, April 10-13, 2003

Paper Title: “Estate Interest vs State Service: The (Un)easy Integration of the Bessarabian Nobility into the Russian Imperial System” presented at the „Intercultural Communication: New Perspectives in European History” Workshop of the Department of History and Civilization (EUI, Florence) and the Departments of History and Sociology/Social Anthropology (CEU, Budapest) held at the European University Institute (Florence), June 3-4, 2004

Paper Title: “Între „Orientalism” şi obiectivitate: etnografia rusă şi Basarabia în a doua jumătate a secolului al XIX-lea” [Between Orientalism and Objectivity: Russian Ethnography and Bessarabia in the second Half of the XIX Century], presented at the International Symposium Vorbild „Europa“  und die Modernisierung Mittel- und Südosteuropas/ Modelul european şi modernizarea Europei Centrale şi de Sud-Est/, held in Iasi on September 22-24, 2005

Paper Title: “Power, Ritual and Local Politics in the Late Russian Empire: The 1912 Celebration of Bessarabia’s Annexation to Russia” presented at the First CEU Graduate Conference in Humanities “Power, State and Society: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Discourses, Social Groups and Agency in Central and Eastern Europe,” held in Budapest on May 12-14, 2006

Participant in the first summer session of the HESP Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (RESET). Project title: Rethinking Social Time and Space: National, Regional and (G)local Paradigms in Teaching Eastern and Central Europe. Location: Lviv/Slavske, Ukraine. Duration: July 2- July 22, 2006

Paper Title: “From an Imperial Borderland to a “European Frontier:” History, Politics, and the Ambiguity of Belonging (The Case of Bessarabia/ Moldova),” presented at the International Symposium “The Borders of Europe,” held at the New Europe College (Bucharest) on November 24-25, 2006

Paper Title: “Reflections on the Comparative History of Empires: The Current State of Research and Prospects for the Future,” presented at the “Comparative History: Theory and Practice” International Workshop, held in Chsinau (Moldova State University) on June 1-2, 2007

Participant in the second summer session of the HESP Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (RESET). Project title: Rethinking Social Time and Space: National, Regional and (G)local Paradigms in Teaching Eastern and Central Europe. Location: Lviv/Slavske, Ukraine. Duration: July 2- July 18, 2007

Participant at the first session of the HESP ReSET Seminar “Methodology of History.” Location: National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NAUKMA), Kyiv, Ukraine. Duration: December 16- December 21, 2007.

Participant in the third summer session of the HESP Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (RESET). Project title: Rethinking Social Time and Space: National, Regional and (G)local Paradigms in Teaching Eastern and Central Europe. Location: Lviv/Vyshkiv, Ukraine. Duration: July 9- July 25, 2008

Paper Title: “Constructing Bessarabia: Imperial and National Models of Province-Building,” presented at the International Conference “Imperium inter pares: Reflections on Imperial Identity and Inter-Imperial Transfers in the Russian Empire (1700-1917),” organized by the German Historical Institute (DHI), held in Moscow on September 8-12, 2008

Participant at the third session of the HESP ReSET Seminar “Methodology of History.” Location: National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NAUKMA), Kyiv, Ukraine. Duration: September 29- October 3, 2008

Paper Title: “The 1878 Russian-Romanian Controversy and the Problem of Southern Bessarabia,” presented at the Symposium on International Relations “Diplomacy and Conflict in International Relations,” organized by the “East-Democracy” Association, held in Iasi on December 3-4, 2008

Paper Title: „Identité, mémoire et discours historique en Moldavie postsoviétique : une approche critique », presented at the International Colloquium « Mémoire et réconciliation », organized by the French Alliance (Alliance Francaise) of the Republic of Moldova, held in Chisinau on December 8-9, 2008

Paper Title: „Bessarabia as a Borderland: Imperial Legacies and Fluid Identities in the 19th and 20th Century”, presented at the AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting in Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History and Sociology, Istanbul, Turkey, May 14-18, 2009

Paper Title: „Bessarabia in the Romanian National Discourse and the Role of the Bessarabian Emigration in the Romanian Kingdom: Some Ideas for an Intellectual History,” presented at the Symposium Historical Discourse and Diplomacy: The Transylvanian and Bessarabian Romanians in Romania’s Foreign Policy (1877-1947), „A. D. Xenopol” Institute of History, Iaşi, July 30, 2009

Paper Title: “Metageography and the Construction of Space in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century: A Comparative Study of the Russian and Romanian Cases”, presented at the AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting in Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Psychology and Sociology, Odessa, Ukraine, October 22-25, 2009

Paper Title: „Intellectuals and Nationalisms in Bessarabia and Transnistria: From Imperial Periphery to Contested Independence,” presented at the Colloquium The Romanians beyond Romania’s Borders . Accommodation, Identity, Images, New Europe College, Bucharest, November 27, 2009

Paper Title: „The Activity of the Presidential Commission Reflected in the Media and the Attitude of the Political Actors” (co-authored with Petru Negură), presented at the International ConferenceTotalitarianism vs. Democracy: Lessons Learned during the Last 20 Years (as a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study and Evaluation of the Communist Regime in Moldova), Bucharest, Romania, March 29-31, 2010

Round Table: „The Politics of Memory of Communism and Post-Communism in Eastern Europe” (co-organized with Igor Caşu and Petru Negură), AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting in Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Psychology and Sociology, Antalya, Turkey, April 30- May 3,  2010

Paper Title: „The Politics of History and the Politics of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe in the20th Century” (in French), presented at the Summer School (Seminar) of the Ecole Doctorale Francophone en Sciences Sociales (EDSS) in Bucharest, Chisinau, “I. Creanga” State Pedagogical University, June 21-29, 2010

Paper Title: „Recent Historiographic Tendencies in the Field of “Empire Studies:” From Structural Analysis to the “New Imperial History,” presented at the Symposium

Paper Title: „The Dynamics of the “Imperial Gaze” on Bessarabia: Towards a Phenomenological Reading of Space and Territoriality,” presented at the AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting in Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology, Fethiye, Turkey, October 14-17, 2010

Paper Title: “The Concepts of 'Nation' and 'People' in the 19th-Century Bessarabian Context,” presented at the International Conference Nation, Identity, Rechtsstaat: The History of Concepts / Begriffsgeschichte in the Romanian-Speaking Space, Leipzig, Germany, December 2-4, 2010

Paper Title: “Institutional Transfers and Province-Building in Bessarabia in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries”, presented at the International Workshop “Historical Legacies in the Black Sea Region”, New Europe College, Bucharest, April 29-30, 2011

Paper Title: “Otherness, ‘National Character’ and Orientalism: “Mirror Visions” of the Russian Empire in the Writings of B. P. Hasdeu and Dimitrie C. Moruzi,” presented at the Seminar “Education, Art and Society in the 17th-20th Century: Models, Reception, Debates”, Iasi Branch of the Romanian Academy, Iasi, May 5, 2011

Presentation: « Vers une « micro-histoire » des intellectuels : Idéologie nationale, visions de l’alterité et dilèmes identitaires en Bessarabie / Moldavie », presented at the Summer School (Seminar) of the Ecole Doctorale Francophone en Sciences Sociales (EDSS) in Bucharest, Chisinau, “I. Creanga” State Pedagogical University, July 3-11, 2011

Resource Faculty, 1st Summer Session of the ReSET Project Social Mobility and Modernization in Eastern Europe in the 20th Century (hosted by the Department of World History, “Ion Creanga” State Pedagogical University), Chisinau, August 1-15, 2011

Paper Title: “The Holy Alliance and “European Unity” in 1815: Christian Universalism, Mysticism, and Political Utopia,” presented at the AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting in Political Science and International Relations, Journalism, and History, Istanbul, Turkey, November 10-13, 2011

Paper Title: “The “Politics of Memory” and “Historical Policy” in Post-Soviet Moldova,” presented at the Conference “Knowledge in a Transforming World: Universities, Democracy and Social Change” (in the Framework of the AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting), CEU, Budapest, Hungary, March 22-26, 2012

Paper Title: “The ‘Language of the Nation’ in Early 20th-Century Bessarabia: Defining an Elusive Concept in a Contested Borderland,” presented at the International Conference “Towards a Conceptual History of Central and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective: Cultures, Ideologies, Identities, Politics,” West University, Timisoara, Romania, April 25-27, 2012 

Paper Title: “The ‘Language of the Nation’ in Early 20th-Century Bessarabia: Defining an Elusive Concept in a Contested Borderland,” presented at the Ab Imperio Annual Seminar Making Sense of Exceptionalism and Diversity in Composite Polities and Societies: Past and Present, Kazan, Russia, May 17 – 22, 2012

Paper Title: « Vers une micro-histoire des intellectuels. Idéologie nationale, visions d’altérité et dilemmes identitaires chez B.P. Hasdeu, D. Moruzi et C. Stere », presented at the Summer School (Seminar) of the Ecole Doctorale Francophone en Sciences Sociales (EDSS) in Bucharest « Le probleme de l’individu en sciences sociales », Chisinau, “I. Creanga” State Pedagogical University, July 9-16, 2012

Resource Faculty, 2nd Summer Session of the ReSET Project Social Mobility and Modernization in Eastern Europe in the 20th Century (hosted by the Department of World History, “Ion Creanga” State Pedagogical University), Chisinau, August 1-15, 2012

Paper Title: “Bessarabia in the Symbolic Geography of the Russian Empire,” presented at the International Exploratory Workshop “Frontier, Borderland or Province? Alternative Readings of the History of Bessarabia,” “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania, September 20-21, 2012

Round Table / presentation (keynote speaker and organizer): “Russian Colonialism in Question: Colonization as an Alternative Framework for Reassessing Russia’s Imperial Experience?” Presented at the AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting in History, International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Public Administration, Istanbul, Turkey, November 15-18, 2012 

Paper Title: “Violence, Mobilization, and Nationalizing Tendencies in the Russian Empire during World War I,” presented at the International Conference “Violence in South-Eastern Europe: Discourses, Practices and Messages. Society, Politics, Religion, Culture,” Moldova State University, Chisinau, December 14-15, 2012

Paper Title: “Memory Politics in Independent Moldova”, presented at the International Workshop (Journee d’Etude) “République de Moldavie: une transition hésitante / Die Republik Moldau : Eine zögerliche Transformation,” Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin, December 17-18, 2012  

Round Table / presentation: “Orientalism: The Debate and Its Legacy.” Presented at the AFP Cross-Regional Discipline Group Meeting in Political Science & International Relations, History, Gender Studies, Philosophy and Sociology, Istanbul, Turkey, April 4 – 7, 2013    

Paper Title: “From Ottoman Periphery to Russian Gubernia: The Construction of the Bessarabian Province in the 19th Century,” presented at the International Conference “Regionalism and Regionalization in Romania: Historical Interpretations and Contemporary Challenges,” “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iaşi, Romania, May 30 – 31, 2013

Paper Title: “From Ottoman Province to Russian Guberniia: The Construction of Space in the Case of Bessarabia”, presented at the International Conference Agents or Objects? Rethinking some Chapters of the History of the Black Sea Region (1812-2012), New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania, June 21 – 22, 2013

Paper Title: „From Ottoman ‘Frontier’ to Contested Borderland: The Construction of Space in the Case of Bessarabia / Moldova”, presented at the International Conference Europa vertikal / Vertical Europe.  Grenzen und Scheidelinien in der Ost-West-Gliederung Europas (19.20.Jh) / Borders and Limits in the East-West-Divisions of Europe (19-20th Century), The French Center, Free University of Berlin, Germany, June 27 – 28, 2013  

Resource Faculty, 3rd Summer Session of the ReSET Project Social Mobility and Modernization in Eastern Europe in the 20th Century (hosted by the Department of World History, “Ion Creanga” State Pedagogical University), Chisinau, July 28 - August 11, 2013

Paper Title: “From Ottoman Province to Russian Gubernia: Bessarabia in the Symbolic Geography of the Russian Empire during the Early 19th Century”, presented at the International Conference Comparisons of Empires in ‘Spaces in Between:’ The Southern Caucasian Region and the Historic Moldova Between the Russian, Ottoman, Persian, and Habsburg Empires, organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey, September 30 – October 1, 2013

Paper Title: “The Church Question” in the United Principalities and the Romanian Kingdom in the Mirror of Russian Imperial Discourse (1860-1914): Between Continuity and Change”, presented at the International Workshop “Diplomacy and Society in Eastern Europe: Trends, Sources, Research Methods,” “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iaşi, Romania, November 21-22, 2013

Paper Title: “Bessarabia as a Part of the Romanian National Organism: Rural Immobility, Ethnic Continuity, and National Characterology,” presented at the international conference National Specificity: Historical and Critical Perspectives, Sinaia, Romania, November 30 – December 1, 2013

Paper Title: ”Ethnic Violence in Bessarabia in the Early 20th Century: The 1903 Kishinev Pogrom and Its Implications,” presented at the International Workshop Anti-Semitism in Romania and Moldova, 1881-1991, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, July 2, 2014

Paper Title: ”Bessarabia in the Russian Imperial Discourse (1878-1914): Visions of Otherness, Belonging and Modernity in a Contested Borderland”,  presented at the International Conference Conceptualizing Modernity in the Central and Southeastern European Cultures: Notions, Discourses and Languages, West University, Timisoara, Romania, October 8-11, 2014 

Paper Title: ”Human Diversity on a Contested Periphery: “Imperial Legacies,” Nation-Building and Multi-Ethnicity in Bessarabia / the Republic of Moldova,” presented at the International Symposium Romania’s Forgotten Diversity. History, Heritage, Memory, Iasi, Romania, October 23-26, 2014.

Fellowships: 

August 2008 – July 2014

Open Society Institute, Higher Education Support Program (HESP), Academic Fellowship Program

Returning Scholar

September 2006

New Europe College (NEC), Bucharest, Romania

“Petre Tutea” Fellowship (October 1, 2006- July 31, 2007)

December 2005

CEU Doctoral Committee

Academic Achievement Award for Advanced Doctoral Students

April 2004

Open Society Institute

Doctoral Research Support Grant (Visiting Scholar at the CERES, Georgetown University)

June 2002

Central European University, Department of History

Full Ph.D. Fellowship

June 2001

Central European University, Department of History

Scholarship, MA Program

May 2001

Moldova Soros Foundation

III degree diploma awarded for academic performance and extracurricular activity

May 2000

Moldova Soros Foundation

II degree diploma awarded for academic performance and extracurricular activity

May 2000

Ministry of Education of the French Republic

DALF (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise)

English