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.   


Dr. Gregor Thum


East Central Europe
The Balkans
Russian Empire

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