Early modern political thought and practice: elective monarchy, constitutionalism, republicanism. East Central European history; frontier zones and interactions between Europe and the Ottoman world; slavery.
Fields of interest
- Early modern political thought and practice: elective monarchy, constitutionalism, republicanism.
- East Central European history; frontier zones and interactions between Europe and the Ottoman world; slavery.
My research interests are divided between two major themes: the politics of freedom in East Central Europe, and forms of unfreedom in Europe’s frontier zones.
Related to the first theme, I have written on the development of the right of resistance in early modern East Central Europe, and I have recently published a monograph on royal and princely elections in Transylvania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: Elective Monarchy in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania, 1569-1587 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). My current book project, co-authored with Andrzej S. Kamiński, is a survey of East Central European history in the late medieval and early modern period.
In connection to the second theme, I have recently co-edited a four-volume edition of classical texts on global slavery (Critical Readings on Global Slavery. 4 vols. Leiden: Brill, 2017, with Damian A. Pargas) and I am currently editing Slavery in the Black Sea Region, ca. 900-1900: Forms of Unfreedom at the Intersection between Christianity and Islam (forthcoming with Brill). My next research project will explore the connections between early modern political thought and forms of slavery and captivity practiced (or imagined) at the frontier between Europe and the Ottoman world.
I also coordinate a digital edition of sources collected from the Vatican archives, related to the activities of Vincentian missionaries in Europe, North Africa, and Madagascar (http://earlymoderndocs.omeka.net).
- Courses on early modern Europe and historiography (BA History, MA History, Research MA History, and MA History Europaeum).
- Coordination of the History Research MA biannual symposium.
- Ph.D., History, 2009 – Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
- M.A., Russian and East European Studies, 2000 – Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
- B.A., Political Science, 1998 – University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences, Romania
- Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2012-present
University Lecturer, Institute for History
- National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. 2009-2012
Visiting Lecturer, Department of History
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies
- Łazarski University, Institute for Civic Space and Public Policy, Warsaw, Poland. 2008-2009
Visiting Lecturer and Doctoral Research Fellow
- Georgetown University, Department of History, Washington, DC, USA. 2002-2009
Visiting Lecturer, Teaching Fellow, and Teaching Assistant
Co-supervisor (with Judith Pollmann) of Thérèse Peeters, Leiden University (‘Trust in the Counter-Reformation’).