portrait of Maria Bucur

Maria Bucur

John V. Hill Professor of East European history and gender studies

Biography

Maria Bucur is the John V. Hill Professor of East European history and gender studies. She grew up in Romania and immigrated to the U.S. in 1985. She has been working at IU in Bloomington since 1996, where she has raised two boys and four dogs.  She teaches courses on the history of the Balkans in the nineteenth century, Eastern Europe under communism, memory and history, international feminist debates in the recent past and contemporary world, sexual violence, Marxism and gender, gender and the radical right in Europe, and the global history of the recent past with a focus on women’s changing agency across the world. Her recent research foci have been on the history of disability policies after World War I in relation to veterans’ benefits, on feminist networks in Eastern Europe in the 1920s, and on naming practices as mechanisms for inclusion and exclusion.