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, Citizenship, and Belonging in Romanian-Administered Dobruja, 1878-1920)" 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.   

Advisor:

Dr. Gregor Thum

Fields:

East Central Europe
The Balkans
Russian Empire
Education
Borderlands
Nationalism
State-building

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:

September 2020
“'Educating the ‘Ethnographic Harlequin:’ Trans-Local Teacher Exchanges in Romanian-Administered Dobruja, 1878-1920,” Transculturality in the Black Sea Region: New Theoretical Approaches and Research Methodologies Conference, St. Gallen, Switzerland (virtual participation)

November 2019
“Education on the Margins: Russo-Bulgarian, Turco-Tatar, and German Primary Schooling Initiatives in Romanian-Administered Dobruja, 1878-1914,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Convention, San Francisco, CA

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

Teaching Experience:

HIST 0200 East Central Europe (Independent Instructor, Pitt, Summer 2019)
HIST 1638: Native American Traditional Cultures (Teaching Fellow, Pitt, Spring 2019)
HIST 1649: Antisemitism Then and Now: Perspectives After Tree of Life (Teaching Fellow, Pitt, Spring 2019)
HIST 0301: Imperial Russia to 1917 (Teaching Fellow, Pitt, Fall 2018)
HIST 1376: The United States to 1877 (Teaching Assistant, University of Houston, Fall 2015-Spring 2017)

Guest Lectures:

February 2019
“Russia’s Wild East: Gender, Religion, and Childhood in Kreole Alaska," HIST 1638 Native American Traditional Cultures 

November 2018
“Russian Nellie Blys: Female Journalists on the Front Lines, 1853-1913," HIST 0301 Imperial Russia to 1917     

October 2018
“Living on the Edge: Heretics, Mercenaries, and Colonizers in Russia’s Western Borderlands," HIST 0301 Imperial Russia to 1917  

February 2018
“Nations and Nationalisms in East-Central Europe, 1848-1900," HIST 1225 Introduction to East-Central Europe