Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Wingate University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2008
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
History, Indiana University / Bloomington
The Traumatic Mirror: Questions of Identity, Romanipe, and Romanianness during the Deportations of Roma under the Antonescu Regime, 1940-1944

My dissertation will focus on the deportations of approximately 25,000 Roma (Gypsies) to occupied Transnistria, perpetrated by Ion Antonescu's fascist regime in World War II Romania. A work of cultural history, the project will interrogate constructions of self and "Otherness" created in response to a period of intense trauma, and is based on a variety of sources: government records, police reports, and petitions by Romani deportees, their families, and ordinary Romanians. Research will be conducted principally within the National Archives, the archives of the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs (all in Bucharest), as well as briefer visits to regional archives. The National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania is providing me with institutional affiliation.