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Dr. Monica Ciobanu

Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Monica Ciobanu joined the faculty at the State University of New York Plattsburgh in the fall of 2005 after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her interdisciplinary research agenda falls in two separate but related areas: issues of democratization in East and Central Europe and problems of memory and justice in post-communist countries. She has published numerous papers in academic journals, edited volumes, and encyclopedias. Her book Repression, Resistance and Collaboration in Stalinist Romania 1944-1964: Post-Communist Remembering was published in 2020 by Routledge Press, Memory Studies: Global Constellations Series.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr. Ciobanu was awarded the Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellow in Atrocity Prevention, at the State University of Binghamton Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

Dr. Ciobanu’s research informs her teaching in the fields of criminology and sociology. She is also teaching regularly in the Honors Program. Her academic contributions were recognized by the 2014-2015 SUNY Chancellors’ Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Ciobanu served as the chair of the criminal justice department from fall 2014 to fall 2016. She was one of the three featured scholars in the School of Arts and Science celebrated in fall 2013 at the Celebration of Scholarship at SUNY Plattsburgh. Dr. Ciobanu was a fellow in residency at Imre Kerész Kolleg Institute in Jena, Germany (fall 2017), a visiting research fellow at the University of Glasgow in Scotland (fall 2009), and during summer 2011 her research in Bucharest, Romania at the National Council for Securitate (Secret Police) Archives was funded through a Title VIII grant granted by the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Ciobanu is regularly invited to review manuscripts and grant proposals in East European studies. 

  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Sociology, Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research, 2005
    • M.A. in Gender Studies, Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research, 1998
    • B.A. in Sociology, Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bucharest, Romania, 1993
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