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Rodica Mih─?il─? (CVRom / CVEngl)

Professor Emeritus


Prof. Mihaila's teaching and research interests include American literature and culture, with special emphasis on the 20th century and the contemporary period, 20th century poetry and poetics, Modernism/Postmodernism: continuities and discontinuities; American Studies theory and practice, cultural theory, the methodology of cultural studies; cultural globalization and transatlantic cultural relations. She has offered courses and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels in all the fields of interest mentioned above and she has also given invited lectures and talks at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, M.I.T., Georgetown University, Duke University, where she was also visiting professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix and Kennesaw University, Georgia. She has received research awards from the Fulbright Programs, the Rockefeller Foundation, the ACLS, IREX, USIA and the Free University of Berlin and has been affiliated with the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Duke University, Georgetown University, MIT, Harvard University and Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Berlin. She has directed PhD dissertations since 1995.

Prof. Mihaila's publications include Aspects of American Literary Modernism. A Study of Tensions in the Poetry of Hart Crane (1985), The American Challenge (1993), Turning the Wheel. The Construction of Power Relations in Contemporary American Women’s Poetry (1995),  Spaces of the Real in American Fiction (2000), several anthologies of American literature as well as articles and studies in scholarly journals and the literary press. She is co-editor of a series of volumes of literary and cultural studies, among which, The Sense of America. Histories into Text (2009), Transatlantic Dialogues: Eastern Europe, the U.S. and Post-Cold War Cultural Spaces (2009) and Romanian Culture in the Global Age (2010), and she is also a well-known translator of English and American literature. Apart from being a pioneer of the institutionalization of American Studies in Romania, Rodica Mihaila was founding Secretary of the Romanian Society for English and American Studies and she is Founding President of the Romanian Association for American Studies (RAAS).


Irina Pan─? (CV Engl/CV Ro)




Radu Surdulescu




Radu Surdulescu is Professor of English and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bucharest. He participated in literary seminars at American universities and held visiting fellowships at Université Libre de Bruxelles and Duke University, U.S.A. In 1994 he obtained a research and teaching Fulbright grant. His courses are addressed to undergraduates, MA and doctoral students, and he is a doctoral dissertation advisor. His publications include: Sam Shepard: The Mythomorphic Vision (Editura Universit─???ii din Bucure??ti, 1996), Critica mitic-arhetipal─?: De la motivul antropologic la sentimentul numinosului (Bucure??ti, ALLFA, 1997), Form, Structure and Structurality in Critical Theory (Editura Universit─???ii din Bucure??ti, 2000; http://www.unibuc.ro/eBooks/lls/RaduSurdulescu-FormStructuality/Prima%20Pagina.htm ), The Raping of Identity: Studies on Physical and Symbolic Violence (Ia??i, Edit. Institutul European, 2006).

Also, he has co-edited an anthology of contemporary critical theories and has published articles in the fields of cultural anthropology, literary theory and criticism.




Maria-Sabina Draga-Alexandru (CV)

Associate Professor 



Maria-Sabina Draga-Alexandru is an Associate Professor of American Studies specializing in Ethnic and African American literatures and Postcolonial studies. She has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Bucharest and a PhD in postcolonial literature from the University of East Anglia, UK. She is currently researching the area of intersection between diasporic postcolonial and postcommunist literatures. Her main teaching interests are contemporary American Studies, diasporic literatures in English, Romanian culture in the global age. Some of her recent publications are:


Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Indian Fiction in English, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 300 pp. (forthcoming);

Cultura româneasc─? în perspectiv─? transatlantic─?. Interviuri (Romanian Culture in Transatlantic Perspective: Interviews), co-edited with Teodora Serban-Oprescu, Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2009, 310 pp.

Identity Performance in Contemporary Non-WASP American Fiction, Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press, 2008, 214pp.


Mihai Mîndra

Associate Professor



Professor of American Literature and American Civilization, founder and organizer of the Ariel Foreign Language Center and the B.A. Judaic Studies Program. Brandeis University, Mass. Fulbright fellow (2001- 2002), J.F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies grantee (2003).

Research Activities and Interests:

My main interest is in 19th and 20th century American literature and civilization, specifically in American domesticity, realism, naturalism, modernism and post-modernism as well as in Jewish-American fiction as literary-cultural phenomena. 

October, 2007 – September, 2010: Research Project Director, “Cultures of Diasporas: the Margin and the Mainstream in Jewish-Romanian and Jewish-American Literatures”.

Teaching Responsibilities:

I currently teach graduate and postgraduate courses on 20th century American literature and Jewish-American culture.


1. Books:

The Avatars of the Problematic Hero: from Myth to Anti-novel- Bucharest: University of Bucharest Publishing House. 1999

The Phenomenology of the Novel - Iasi: Institutul European. 2002

Strategists of Assimilation: Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska.- Bucharest: The Romanian Academy Publishing House. 2003 

2. Numerous studies and articles on 20th century American literature and Jewish-American culture


Roxana Oltean (CVEngl)

Associate Professor

Head of the American Studies Graduate Program



Associate Professor at the English Department, the Faculty of Foreign Languages, The University of Bucharest, and holds a Ph.D. in Philology. She has published articles in international journals of American literature and culture, and two books on transatlantic and global imagology in the works of Henry James (Spaces of Utopia in the Writings of Henry James, 2005 and Eternal America. Henry James and the Globalizing Imagination, 2007, both with the University of Bucharest Press). She teaches courses in American utopian models, in Transatlantic Relations and in nineteenth century American literature and culture, and her main areas of expertise and publication include the cultural and ethical impact of globalization, the transatlantic imaginary, and utopian spaces and representations. She was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2002 at Pennsylvania State University, doing research on Henry James, nineteenth-century literature and the utopian tradition.   


Anca Peiu (CVEngl)

Associate Professor



Anca Peiu is an Associate Professor of the Department of English, as well as of the Center of American Cultural Studies, of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest, Romania. She teaches American Literature of the 19th century and has specialized in Faulkner Studies. Anca  Peiu has recently translated William Faulkner’s Uncollected Stories into Romanian, in two volumes, for RAO International Publishing Company. Dr. Peiu has recently accomplished a study of Representations of the South in William Faulkner’s Uncollected Stories at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA – where she has had a research senior Fulbright scholarship. Dr. Peiu has guided numerous graduation papers to generations of students ever since January 1991, when her academic career started. 

Octavian Roske (CVRom)

Associate Professor

Head of the English Department and the American Studies Undergraduate Program


Areas of Expertise:

American government

American political thought



American life and institutions, The American  nation: a history of the United States to 1898, American political thought  

Graduate:        The sounds of dissent: the rhetoric of American politics, American presidency


Tradi??ia conservatoare în gândirea american─?, 1783–1860 (American Conservative Tradition, 1783—1860), Bucharest: All Publishing House, 1998. Proz─? american─? contemporan─?, 1975–1985 (Contemporary American Fiction, 1975–1985). Anthology, preface, commentaries, notes and bibliography by Octavian Roske. Translations by Ruxandra Todira?? and Octavian Roske, Bucharest:  The Universe Publishing House, 1989. The volume includes short stories of the decade 1975–1985 written by prominent authors: Donald Barthelme, Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, Guy Davenport, Stephen Dixon, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike.




Ioana Luca

Assistant Professor



Ioana Luca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English where she teaches courses in American studies, American literature and life writing. She has published on exiles autobiography in Social Text and Rethinking History. She is currently working on a book entitled “The Autobiography of Displacement in American Literature.”

Contact: ioana.luca@g.unibuc.ro

Dana Mih─?ilescu

Assistant Professor


Dana Mihailescu is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest. She earned her Ph.D. in Philology at the University of Bucharest in January 2010, with a dissertation entitled Ethical Dilemmas and Reconfigurations of Identity in Early Twentieth Century Eastern European Jewish American Narratives. She was a Fulbright Junior Visiting Researcher in 2008-2009 at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Research interests: ethnic studies – Jewish American identities; trauma and witnessing; ethics and memory.

She has so far examined how memory and the ethics of remembrance function for the immigrant generations of Eastern European Jews coming to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century, as reflected in narratives of authors born in the Pale of Settlement (e.g. Mary Antin, Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska) or Romania (Konrad Bercovici, M.E. Ravage, Maurice Samuel). She is also interested in how memory works for the 2nd and 3rd (plus) generations, and how its complex paths influence fiction writing and history-making. More info: www.unibuc.ro/e/prof/mihailescu_c_d/








Mihaela Precup

Assistant Professor



Mihaela Precup is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where she teaches American visual culture, popular culture, film studies, as well as American literature. Her main research interests include autobiographical comics, trauma studies, and family photography. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship with the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University (2006-2007). She edited a volume of essays entitled American Visual Memoirs after the 1970s. Studies on Gender, Sexuality, and Visibility in the Post-Civil Rights Age (Bucharest: Bucharest University Press, 2010). Her other books are The Graphic Memoir. An Introduction, States of Displacement in Contemporary American Literature and Popular Culture, and Mourning Women: Post-mortem Dialogues in Contemporary American Autobiography (Bucharest: Bucharest University Press, 2013).


Ruxandra Radulescu (CVRom)





Diana Benea (dbenea@gmail.com) is Junior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches a course in contemporary American drama, various seminars in American literature (from 19th century to contemporary), as well as EFL classes and Academic Writing. She earned her PhD in Philology (American literature) at the University of Bucharest in 2013, with a dissertation entitled The Ethical and Political Imagination of Thomas Pynchon’s Later Novels. She was a visiting doctoral researcher at the J.F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (2012). Her main research interests include contemporary American fiction; critical theories and methodologies; theater and performance studies.


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