Department of History

Ana Fumurescu

Before starting at the University of Pittsburgh, I earned my BA in History, International Studies, and French at Indiana University (2013), after which I went on to complete an MA in European Studies (2015) at the same institution. During the course of my Master’s program, I became particularly interested in questions of nation-building and identity-formation within the Romanian context, going on to explore a facet of these issues in my MA thesis, “Visualizing Agency: Postcards and Romanian National Identity.” Currently, my research uses primary education as a lens through which to look at gender, race, and religion in 19th-century Dobrogea, a region of southern Romania with a rich history of Ottoman-Romanian interaction.


Irina Livezeanu and Gregor Thum


Modern Europe

Eastern Europe




Representative Publications

Fumurescu, Ana. [Forthcoming] “It Takes a Village: Raising Patriots in Nineteenth-Century Romania,” 19th-Century Childhoods in Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives. Oxbow Books, 2018.

Conferences &Presentations:

October 2016

“Orientalizing the Self: The Reimagining of an Old Ottoman Enclave in a New Romanian State,” Paul Lucas Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


April 2016

“The New Fashion: Gendering the Romanian Nation,” Texas A&M Graduate Student Conference, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


March 2015

“Postcards and Romanian National Identity: A Story of Agency,” Romanian Studies Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


April 2014

“Civil Society in a Post-Communist Context: The Case of Romania,” Romanian Studies Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


April 2013

“The Politics of Integration: Implications of Exclusionary Policies Directed at Romanian Migrants in Italy,” International Studies Undergraduate Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN