Professor Monica Ciobanu

Curriculum Vitae

Monica Ciobanu is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at State University of New York in Plattsburgh where she teaches Political Sociology, Human Rights, Law and Society, and Transitional Justice. Her research is focused on issues of democratization, memory and justice in post-communism with a focus on Romania. Her worked appeared in Europe--Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, Comparative Sociology, and Problems of Post-Communism. She is currently working on a manuscript focused on Repression, Resistance and Collaboration in Stalinist Romania (1944-1964): Post-Communist Remembering. Dr. Ciobanu holds a PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the New School for Social Research (2005). In 2015 she was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching Scholarship and Creative Activity by SUNY Plattsburgh.

Research Project at the Kolleg

My research project - Repressions, Resistance and Collaboration in Stalinist Romania (1944-1964): Post-Communist Remembering - examines how the processes of remembering Stalinist repression in Romania has shifted from memories of lived and witnessed experiences to more formal representations of the past. It shows how the broad gulag-style repression of early communism during the late 1940's until 1964 when the last political prisoners were released, has become an integral element of national victimization. In fact, quite old themes that had dominated 1980's official nationalist-communist propaganda during Nicolae Ceauşescu's dictatorship - including ethnic nationalism, national victimization and suffering at the hands of foreign occupiers, as well as the myth of an exceptional historical destiny - have resurfaced. This analysis of remembering and its emphasis on various individual, social, and political processes shaping the remaking of historical experience within the confines of a variable collective memory is highly important for understanding the relationship between political culture, social and collective identities and memory itself.