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.   

Advisor:

Dr. Gregor Thum

Fields:

Modern Europe
East Central Europe
Borderlands
Nationalism
Education

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