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. Currently, I am conducting research for my dissertation, “National in Difference: Primary Schooling in Dobruja between Nationalism and Pragmatism, 1878-1914,” in which I use primary education as a lens through which to explore the relationship between the Romanian state and ethno-confessional groups in Dobruja, an incredibly diverse region long caught at the crossroads of imperial and national rivalries.   


Dr. Gregor Thum


Modern Europe
East Central Europe

Representative Publications

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

Conferences & Presentations:

March 2019
“Education on the Margins: Decentralized Primary Schooling in a Black Sea Borderland, 1878-1914,” Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, Mobile, AL

February 2019
“An ‘Undeveloped National Sentiment’: Early Childhood Education in Post-Ottoman Dobruja, 1878-1914,” Pitt-CMU Graduate Student Forum, Pittsburgh, PA

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