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College of Arts and Sciences

Cristina Florea

Assistant Professor, History

 Cristina Florea

Academic focus:

Modern Eastern and Central European history, comparative empires and imperial borderlands; nationalism; states and statehood; nostalgia; migration and displacement

Current research project: 

A history of the contested region of Bukovina, "Land of Longing: Bukovina at the Crossroads of Empires," an East European borderland divided between Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova

Previous positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2017-2019

Academic background:

  • B.A., Williams College, 2010
  • M.A., History, Princeton University, 2012
  • Ph.D., Modern European History, Princeton University, 2016

Last book read: 

“The Need for Roots” by Simone Weil

In your own time/when not working:

Walking and hiking, bird watching, trying to learn how to garden, playing with my cats 

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Empires and Nations: Eastern Europe in the Modern Age, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire, The Politics of Nostalgia 

What most excites you about Cornell:

Working with bright and intellectually curious students, learning (and stealing ideas) from colleagues in my own department and other disciplines, the fantastic library, the university’s paradisiac setting (I am a big fan of dramatic landscapes)