John W. Hill Chair of East European History and Associate Dean for International Affairs
Maria received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1996. Her teaching and research focus on the recent history of Eastern Europe, with a focus on Romania and gender, and thematically ranging from questions of war and memory to the history of eugenics. Her recent publications include Heroes and Victims. Remembering Romania’s Wars in the Twentieth Century (2009), “Eugenics and Colonialism in Eastern Europe,” in Philippa Levine and Alison Bashford, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (2010), and "An Archipelago of Stories: Gender History in Eastern Europe," in The American Historical Review (2008).
Maria is the recipient of a number of national grants, among them two collaborative research NEH grants, three IREX grants, two ACLS grants, an AAUW grant, and a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research grant. She has given talks at conferences in Europe, North America, and Australia, and served as coordinator for the women’s and gender history network of the European Social Science History Conference. She recently finished her term as President of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies and is currently working on a project focusing on comparing the transformation of everyday citizenship in communist and post-communist Eastern Europe with the United States. She served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the College in 2011-12. Prior to that, she was interim Chair of the Department of Gender Studies, and Director of the Russian East European Institute. Maria was a CIC Academic Leadership Fellow in 2011-12.