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Dr. Monica Ciobanu

Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Monica Ciobanu joined the faculty at State University of New York College at 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 twenty-nine papers in academic journals, edited volumes, and encyclopedias. 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 Kertesz 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 US Department of State. Dr. Ciobanu is regularly invited to review manuscripts and grant proposals in East European studies.


  • 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

Teaching Areas

  • Political sociology
  • Sociology of law
  • Human rights & justice
  • East and Central Europe
  • Women and the international criminal justice system

Research Areas

  • Problems of democracy, including transitions to democracy, party systems, civil society
  • Transitional justice and historical memory
  • Human rights

Recent Publications

  • 2018: “Romania Since 1989: Old Dilemmas, Present Challenges, Future Uncertainties,” in Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, fourth edition, ed. by Sharon L. Wolchik and Jane Curry, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, pp. 373-403.
  • 2018: “Romanian Communists Under Gheorghiu Dej: Legitimation Before 1965 and Its Memory as Opposition to Ceauşescu,” in Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism, ed. by Agnieszka Mrozik and Stanislav Holubec, New York: Routledge Press, pp. 221-241.
  • February 2018: “Criminals, Martyrs or Saints? Romania’s Prison Saints Debate Revisited.” In: Cultures of History Forum available at URL:http://www.culture-of-history.uni-jena.de/debates/raomani/criminals-martyrs-or-saints-romanias-priosn-saints-debate-revisted/
  • 2017 “Remembering the Gulag: Religious Practices and Representations,” in Memory, Justice and Redress: New Insights from Romania, ed. by Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 214-234.
  • November 2015: “Remembering the Romanian Anti-Communist Armed Resistance: an Analysis of Localized Lived Experience”, Eurostudia (journal published by the Center for German and European Studies at the Université of Montréal), Vol. 10, Number 1, pp. 105-123.
  • June 2015: “Piteşti: A Project in Re-education and its Post-1989 Interpretation in Romania”, Nationalities Papers, Vol. 43, Number 4, pp. 615-633
  • 2015: “The Challenge of Competing Pasts”, in Post-Communist Transitional Justice: 25 Years of Experience, ed. by Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelski, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 148-166.

Curriculum Vitae

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