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Felicia Rosu

University Lecturer

Dr. F. Rosu
+31 71 527 4116

Early modern political thought and practice: republicanism, constitutionalism, monarchism. East Central European history; frontier zones and interactions between Europe and the Ottoman world.

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Fields of interest

• Early modern political thought and practice: republicanism, constitutionalism, monarchism.
• East Central European history; frontier zones and interactions between Europe and the Ottoman world. 



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 am currently completing a monograph on royal and princely elections in Transylvania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the latter sixteenth century (forthcoming with Oxford University Press).

In connection to the second theme, my next 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.


Teaching activities

• 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.


Curriculum vitae


• 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

Academic Positions

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

Recent Conference Papers

• “Full Dublin-Core Jacket: The Constraints and Rewards of Managing a Growing Collection of Sources on Omeka.net.” DiXiT Convention: Technology, Software, Standards for the Digital Scholarly Edition, The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, The Hague, September 2015.
• “Constitutional expressions of the right of resistance in Eastern Europe, 1222-1791: from disobedience to armed opposition.” Making Constitutions, Building Parliaments: Constructing Representative Institutions, 1000-2000, International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions, London, June-July 2015.
• “Friend or Foe of the Turk? The Fear Factor in Polish-Lithuanian Elections, 1572-1588.” Contact Zones in Turkish-Polish Relations (1414-2014), University of Warsaw, June 2014.
• “The Decree of the Country: Constitutional Language and Practices in Early Modern East Central Europe.” ESSHC 2014, Vienna, April 2014.
• “Dynamics of dissent: conflict, compromise, and toleration in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania (16th-17th centuries).” Repúblicas y Republicanismo en la Edad Moderna (siglos xvi-xviii), Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, December 2013.
• “Helping Transylvania: Jesuit missions in late 16th-century Eastern Europe.” Mission and Frontiers: Perspectives on Early Modern Missionary Catholicism, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 2013.

Professional Affiliations

• Leiden Slavery Studies Association (board member), 2014-present
• Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (member), 2011-present
• Danube Environmental History Initiative (member), 2009-present
• American Historical Association (member), 2007-present
• History SoTL: An International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (founding member), 2006-present


PhD supervision

Co-supervisor (with Judith Pollmann) of Thérèse Peeters, Leiden University (‘Trust in the Counter-Reformation’)


Key publications

• Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway. 2009-2010. Post-doctoral fellowship.
• Doctoral Research Fellowship, Institute for Civic Space and Public Policy, Łazarski University, Warsaw, Poland. 2008-2009. Doctoral fellowship.
• Roydon B. Davis Fellowship, Department of History, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. 2006-2007. Doctoral fellowship.
• Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education. 2004-2005. Doctoral fellowship.

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga Building
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.68b



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