Cristina Florea

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
B.A., Williams College

145E Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5300
Fax: (518) 442-5301

Current Research Interests:

I am a historian of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, specializing in Eastern and Central European history, including the history of modern Germany and the Habsburg Monarchy and successor states. My work approaches this field from a cultural, microhistorical, and simultaneously transnational perspective, bringing it into dialogue with Russian/ Soviet and global history. Broadly defined, my research interests include comparative empires and imperial borderlands; nationalism and internationalism; migration and displacement; and the role of place in cultural production and intellectual life.

I am currently at work on my first book project, entitled Land of Longing: Bukovina at the Crossroads of Empires. This book analyzes the transformations of Bukovina, a contested region currently divided between Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova, as a living experiment in managing an extraordinarily diverse place. It seeks to explain the interplay between the national, international, and local in Central and Eastern Europe by exploring the dynamic between the different national groups and states that interacted in the region, torn between the opposing forces of supranationalism and national particularism. Finally, the book explains how Bukovina became a ‘paradise lost’ - for some, a symbol of a lost world of supranationalism and tolerance, for others a cradle of nationalism and the exclusive property of one national group.

I have also begun researching my second book project, provisionally entitled Reluctant Cosmopolitans: East-Central Europeans on the Move, which will examine the transnational social and economic networks, and transterritorial forms of politics that emerged from mass emigration from East-Central Europe - a phenomenon that began in the 1870s and continued until the present. Concurrently, I am planning to write an intellectual and political history of “the German question” in Europe. Provisionally entitled Germany’s Europe? The Problem of German Power on the Continent, this book will provide an intellectual history of the ongoing preoccupation with the scope of German power in Europe by tracing how German intellectuals, foreign policy thinkers, and political actors continued to negotiate and contest Germany’s boundaries and place on the continent from 1871 to the present.

I received a B.A. with highest honors in History and graduated summa cum laudae from Williams College in 2010. I completed my PhD at Princeton University, where I was the recipient of an ACLS Eastern Europe research fellowship, a Lapidus Summer Research Fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in New York, and a Max Kade research grant from the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach. In the fall of 2018, I will be returning to the Harvard Academy of Scholars as a postdoctoral fellow.

I am interested in advising graduate and undergraduate students researching Central and East European history, German and Habsburg history, global and international history, as well as histories of empires, borderlands, and migration.


HIS 344: Europe, 1914-1945
HIS 343: Europe, 1848-1914

HIS 611: Reading Seminar in European History

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Listen to Professor Florea talking about studying the phenomenon of nationalism in "non-national" geographies and at the would-be margins of Europe.