Constantin Iordachi

Academic rank: 
Associate Professor
Director, History Department Doctoral Program Committee;
Co-director, Pasts, Inc., Center for Historical Studies;
Adjunct Associate Professor of History, Business School, BS Non-Business Areas, CEU
Position (magyar): 
egyetemi docens
Department of History
Pasts Inc., Center for Historical Studies
Nador u. 11
Habilitation, CEU Budapest, 2017
Ph.D. in Comparative History, CEU Budapest, 2003
Visiting Doctoral Student, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Russian and East European Studies, 1998-1999
M.A., Institute of International Studies, University of Leeds, 1997
B.A., M.A., University of Bucharest, 1995
Academic/Professional Experience and Achievements: 

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Central and Eastern European Scholars, American Research Institute in Turkey.

Research Fellowship, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Academic affiliation: Center for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, 2004-2005.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Programme Fernand Braudel de la Ville de Paris. Academic affiliation: Centre de recherches historiques, CNRS-Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2003-2004.

Junior Research Fellow, Collegium Budapest/Institute of Advanced Studies, 2001-2002.

Junior Research Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, 1998.

Courses Taught at CEU

Social History: Schools, Methods, and Case Studies (PhD Course, 2 Credits)

Comparative Approaches to Historical Research (Mandatory PhD Core Seminar)

Totalitarianism and Mass Politics: Comparative Perspectives on Fascism and Communism (MA Course, 4 Credits)

Nationalism, Citizenship and Minorities in Modern Central and Southeastern Europe (MA Course, 4 Credits)

Race and Racism: History, Discourses, and Practices

South East European History in Context: Topics and Debates

Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Graduate Studies in History (together with Prof. György Geréby, Medieval Studies Department)

An Introduction to Modern Central Europe: History, Politics, and International Relations, (Undergraduate Seminar, 4 Credits)  

The Making of Modern Europe (Undergraduate Seminar, 3 Credits)

Professional Activities

Member, Council of Scholars, European Doctoral Programme in the Human and Social Sciences, "Europe and the Invention of Modernity," Instituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence, Italy,

Associate editor, East Central Europe, 2005+,, and

Co-editor, Book Series: East Central Europe: Regional Perspectives in Global Context, Brill, Leiden,

Member of the Board of Editors of the journal: Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies (Amsterdam) (

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Archiva Moldaviae (Iasi)


Head, Department of History, 2008-2011

Head, School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies, 2009-2011

Co-Director of CEU-HESP Comparative History Project,  2006–2010

Selected Publications:

Books and Edited Volumes:

Anders Blomqvist, Constantin Iordachi, Balazs Trencsenyi, eds., Hungary and Romania Beyond National Narratives: Comparisons and Entanglements (Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Land, 2013), 855pp.

Marina Cattaruzza and Constantin Iordachi, eds., "Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in East-Central Europe: New Perspectives," Special Issue, East Central Europe (Leiden, Brill), Volume 39 (2012) No. 1, 175 p.

Constantin Iordachi (coord.), Redobândirea cetățeniei române: Perspective istorice, comparative și aplicate/Reacquiring Romanian Citizenship: Historical, Comparative and Applied Perspectives, bilingual edition (Bucharest: Curtea Veche, 2012), 496 p.  

Constantin Iordachi, ed., "Fascism in East Central and Southeastern Europe: A Reappraisal," Special Issue, East-Central Europe, 37 (2010) 2-3, 310 p.

Constantin Iordachi, ed. Comparative Fascist Studies: New Perspectives. Paperback edition: London: Routledge, 2009. 374 p. Hardcover edition: London: Routledge, 2010, 374 p. Series: "Rewriting Histories."

Constantin Iordachi, Dorin Dobrincu, eds., Transforming Peasants, Property and Power. The Process of Land Collectivization in Romania, 1949-1962 (Budapest, New York: CEU Press, 2009), 544 p.

Constantin Iordachi, ed., “Reconceptualizing the Social: Writing Social History in East Central Europe,” Special Issue, East-Central Europe, 34-35 (2008) 1-2, 410 p.

Constantin Iordachi, Charisma, Politics and Violence: The Legion of the "Archangel Michael" in Inter-war Romania (Trondheim: Trondheim Studies on East European Cultures & Societies, 2004), 190 p.

Dorin Dobrincu, Constantin Iordachi, eds., Ţărănimea şi puterea: Procesul de colectivizare a agriculturii în România, 1949-1962 (Iaşi: Polirom, 2005), 530 p.

Viorel Achim, Iordachi, Constantin, eds., România şi Transnistria: Problema Holocaustului. Perspective istorice şi comparative [Romania and Transnistria: The Question of the Holocaust. Historical and Comparative Perspectives] (Bucharest: Curtea Veche, 2004), 310 p.

Constantin Iordachi, Citizenship, Nation and State-Building: The Integration of Northern Dobrogea into Romania, 1878-1913 (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002), Carl Back Papers in Russian and East European Studies No. 1607.

Trencsényi, Balázs, Dragoş Petrescu, Cristina Petrescu, Constantin Iordachi, and Zoltan Kántor, eds., Nationalism and Contested Identities: Romanian and Hungarian Case Studies (Budapest: Regio Publishing House; Iaşi: Polirom, 2001), 310 p.

Constantin Iordachi, Balazs Trencsényi, eds., “A Roman történetírás kihívásai,” [Challenges to History Writing in Romania], Special Issue, Replika (Budapest), X (November 2000) 40-41.

Book chapters:

Constantin Iordachi, "From Imperial Entanglements to National Disentanglement: The 'Greek Question' in Moldavia and Wallachia, 1611–1863," in Roumen Daskalov, Tchavdar Marinov, eds, Balkan Histories: shared, connected, entangled. The Genesis of National Ideologies and Language Policies (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 67-148. 

Blomqvist, Anders E. B., Constantin Iordachi, Balázs Trencsényi, “Introduction – History Writing on Hungary and Romania: Beyond National Narratives?” in Anders Blomqvist, Constantin Iordachi, Balazs Trencsenyi, eds., Hungary and Romania Beyond National Narratives: Comparisons and Entanglements (Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Land, 2013), 1-34.

Constantin Iordachi: “From Disentanglement to Interdependence: State Citizenship in Romania and Hungary, 1945-2012” in Anders Blomqvist, Constantin Iordachi, Balazs Trencsenyi, eds., Hungary and Romania Beyond National Narratives: Comparisons and Entanglements (Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien: Peter Land, 2013), 711-771.

Constantin Iordachi, “The Quest for Central Europe: Symbolic Geographies and Historical Regions,” in Zlatko Sabic and Petr Drulák, (eds.),  Regional and International Relations of Central Europe (Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 40-61.

Constantin Iordachi, "Introducere: cetãtenia dublã si politicile nationale în Europa Centralã si de Est;" English translation: "Introduction: Dual Citizenship and National Policies in Central and Eastern Europe" in Iordachi (coord.), Redobândirea cetățeniei române /Reacquiring Romanian Citizenship, pp. 13-66, 257-310.

Constantin Iordachi, "Redobândirea cetãteniei române în perspectivã istoricã: de la restituirea drepturilor cetãtenesti la primatul cetãteniei de origine;" English translation: "Reacquiring the Romanian Citizenship in Historical Perspective: From the Restitution of State Citizenship to the Primacy of the Citizenship Status Acquired at Birth," in Iordachi (coord.), Redobândirea cetățeniei române /Reacquiring Romanian Citizenship, pp. 67-151, 311-396. 

Constantin Iordachi, “The Making of Citizenship in the Post-Ottoman Balkans: State Building, Foreign Models, and Legal-Political Transfers,” in Alina Mungiu-Pippidi and Win van Meurs, eds., Ottomans into European (London: Hurst, 2010), pp. 181-222.

Constantin Iordachi, “Global Networks, Regional Hegemony, and Seaport Modernization at the Lower Danube,” in Biray Kolluoğlu, Meltem Toksöz, eds., Cities of the Mediterranean: From the Ottomans to the Present Day (London, New York: I. B. Tauris, 2010), pp. 157-182.

Constantin Iordachi, “Comparative Fascist Studies: An Introduction,” in Iordachi, ed., Comparative Fascist Studies: New Perspectives, pp. 1-50.

Constantin Iordachi, "God’s Chosen Warriors: Romantic Palingenesis, Militarism and Fascism in Modern Romania," in Iordachi, ed., Comparative Fascist Studies: New Perspectives, pp. 316-357.

Constantin Iordachi, “Politics of citizenship in post-communist Romania: Legal traditions, restitution of nationality and multiple memberships,” in Rainer Bauböck, Bernhard Perchinig, Wiebke Sievers (eds.), Citizenship Policies in the New Europe, 2nd enlarged edition (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009), pp. 177-209.

Constantin Iordachi, Dorin Dobrincu, “Introduction,” in Iordachi, Dobrincu, eds., Transforming Peasants, Property and Power, pp. 1-23.

Constantin Iordachi, “Constanţa, the First Collectivized Region:” Soviet Geo-Political Interests and National and Regional Factors in the Collectivization of Dobrogea (1949-1962)," in Iordachi, Dobrincu, eds., Transforming Peasants, Property and Power, pp. 103-140.

Constantin Iordachi, Katherine Verdery, “Conclusions,” in Iordachi, Dobrincu, eds., Transforming Peasants, Property and Power, pp. 455-471.

Constantin Iordachi, “Aristocracy, Fascism and the Social Origins of Mass Politics in Inter-war Romania,” in Karina Urbach, ed., Noble Fascists? European Aristocracies and the Radical Right (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 201-232.

Constantin Iordachi, “The Ottoman Empire: Syncretic Nationalism and Citizenship in the Balkans” in Timothy Baycroft, Mark Hewitson, eds., What is a Nation? Europe, 1789-1914 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 120-151.

Constantin Iordachi, “Dual Citizenship in Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe: Regional Integration and Inter-ethnic Tensions,” in Osamu Ieda, Uyama Tomohiko (eds.), Reconstruction and Interaction of Slavic Eurasia and its Neighboring World (Sapporo: Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, 2004), pp. 105-139.

Constantin Iordachi, “Charisma, Religion, Ideology: Romania’s Interwar Legion of the Archangel Michael”, in John R. Lampe, Mark Mazower (eds.), Ideologies and National Identities: The Case of Twentieth-Century Southeastern Europe (Budapest, New York: CEU Press, 2004), pp. 19-53.

Constantin Iordachi, “Dual Citizenship and Policies toward Kin-Minorities in East-Central Europe: A Comparison between Hungary, Romania, and the Republic of Moldova,” in Zoltán Kántor, Balázs Majtényi, Osamu Ieda, Balázs Vizi, Ivan Halász, (eds.), The Hungarian Status Law Syndrome: A Nation Building and/or Minority Protection (Sapporo: Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, 2004), pp. 239-269.

Iordachi, Constantin, Viorel Achim, “Introducere,” in Achim, Iordachi, (eds.), Romania şi Transnistria, pp. 5-19.

Constantin Iordachi, “Holocaustul în România şi Transnistria: Dezbateri istoriografice,” [The Holocaust in Romania and Transnistria. Historiographical debates], in Achim, Iordachi, eds., Romania şi Transnistria, pp. 23-77.

Constantin Iordachi, “A nemzet újrarajzolt határai: A magyar “státusztörvény” és Románia politikája a kettős állampolgárságra vonatkozóan a Moldovai köztársaságban” [Redefining the Boundaries of the Nation: A Comparison between Hungary’s Status Law and Romania’s Policy on Dual Citizenship in the Republic of Moldova], in Zoltán Kántor, ed., A Státusztörvény: Elszmenyek es Következmenyek [The Statute Law: Impacts and Consequences] (Budapest: Teleki Lászlo Foundation, 2002), pp. 90-116. Republished in Magyar Kisebbség. Nemzetpolitikai Szemle (Cluj), 2 (2002) 25, pp. 128-149; Published in Romanian as “Redefinind frontierele naţiunii: O comparaţie între Legea Statutului din Ungaria şi politica României privind acordarea cetăţeniei duble în Republica Moldova,” Altera (Tîrgu Mureş), VIII (June 2003) 17, pp. 153-174.

Constantin Iordachi, “Internal Colonialism: The Expansion of Romania’s Frontier in Northern Dobrogea,” in Helga Schultz, Uwe Müller, (eds.), National Borders and Economic Disintegration in Modern East Central Europe (Berlin: Berlin Verlag, 2002), pp. 77-105.

Constantin Iordachi, “The California of the Romanians: The Integration of Northern Dobrogea into Romania” in Nation-Building and Contested Identities, pp. 121-152.

Constantin Iordachi, Bárdi Nándor, “The History of the Romanian-Hungarian Inter-Ethnic, Cultural and Political Relations. Selected Bibliography, 1990-2000” in Nation-Building and Contested Identities, pp. 315-375. Includes an analytical introduction and 1,200 bibliographical entries.


Constantin Iordachi, "Unerwünschte Bürger. Die 'Judenfrage' in Rumänien und Serbien zwischen 1831 und 1919", in: Transit: Europäische Revue, Nr. 43 (Winter 2012/2013), 106-117.

Marina Cattaruzza and Constantin Iordachi, eds., “Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in East-Central Europe: New Research Trends and Perspectives,” East Central Europe, 39 (2012) 1, 1–12.

Constantin Iordachi, “Fascism in Interwar East Central and Southeastern Europe: Toward a New Transnational Research Agenda,” East-Central Europe, 37 (2010) 2-3, pp. 161-213.

Constantin Iordachi, "Questions for Debate: Fascism in East Central and Southeastern Europe: Mainstream Fascism or 'Mutant' Phenomenon?", East-Central Europe, 37 (2010) 2-3, pp. 331-333. (Debate joint by Philip Morgan, Roger Griffin, Andreas Umland, John-Paul Himka, Mark Biondich, Stein Ugelvik Larsen, and Armin Heinen, pp. 334-371)

“Reconceptualizing the Social: East Central Europe and the New Sociocultural History,” East-Central Europe, 34-35 (2008) 1-2, pp. 1-35.

Maciej Janowski, Constantin Iordachi, Trencsényi Balázs, “Why Bother about Regions: Debates over Symbolic Geography in Poland, Hungary and Romania,” East-Central Europe, 1 (2005) 1-2, pp. 5-58.

Constantin Iordachi, “Entangled Histories: Re-writing the History of Central and Southeastern Europe from a Relational Perspective,” European Studies/Etudes Européennes/Europaïchen Studien, 4 (29 April 2004); and Enlargement Research Bulletin (June 2004). Republished in Regio Yearbook 2004, pp. 113-147.

Constantin Iordachi, Trencsényi Balázs: “In Search of a Usable Past: The Question of National Identity in Romanian Studies, 1990-2000,” East European Politics and Society, 17 (Summer 2003) 3, pp. 415-454.

Constantin Iordachi, “Citizenship and National Identity in Romania. A Historical Overview,” Regio Yearbook 2003, pp. 2-34. Originally published in Hungarian as "Állampolgárság és nemzeti identitás Romániában. Történeti áttekintés," Regio. A Review of Minority and Ethnic Studies, 11 (Dec. 2000) 3, pp. 27-61.

Constantin Iordachi, “Sonderweg or Successful Transition? Romania’s Prospects of Integration into the European Union,” AO. Aktuelle Ostinformationen (Bielefeld), 34 (2003) 3, pp. 40-58.

Constantin Iordachi, “Social History in Romanian Historiography: Legacy, Prospects, and Challenges,” Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, (2003) 1, pp. 233-248. Published in Hungarian as: “Társadalomtörténet a román történetírásban: örökség, új utat és kihívások,” Korall (Budapest) 3 (March 2002) 7-8, pp. 190-199.

Constantin Iordachi, “Brief an einen Freund in Berlin: Europa und die Grezen in den Köpfen,” AO. Aktuelle Ostinformationen, 34 (2002) 1-2, pp. 11-16.

Constantin Iordachi, “'A románok Kaliforniája:' a román határ kiterjesztése Észak-Dobrudzsában 1878-1913“ (“The California of Romanians:” The Extension of Romania’s Frontier in Northern Dobrudja, 1878-1913), in Iordachi, Trencsényi, eds, “A Roman történetírás kihívásai,” Replika (Budapest), X (November 2000) 40-41, pp. 239-264. Published in Bulgarian as “’Rumanskata Kalifornija:’ integriraneto na Severna Dobrudzha v Rumanija, 1878-1913,” Istoricheski pregled (Sofia), 3-4 (Fall 2001), pp. 50-77. Published in French as « ‘La Californie des Roumains’: L’intégration de la Dobroudja du Nord à la Roumanie, 1878-1913 » Balkanologie (Paris) VI (Décembre 2002) 1-2, pp. 167-197.

Constantin Iordachi, “The Romanian-Hungarian Reconciliation Process, 1994-2001: from Conflict to Co-operation,” PolSci. Romanian Journal of Political Science, 1 (December 2001) 3-4, pp. 88-134.

Constantin Iordachi, “The Unyielding Boundaries of Citizenship: The Emancipation of ‘Non-Citizens’ in Romania, 1866-1918,” European Review of History (Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK), 8 (August 2001) 2, pp. 157-186.

Constantin Iordachi, “Politika és interkonfesszionális kûzdelmek az 1989 utáni Romániában: a forrásokért való kûzdelemtõl a nemzeti ideológia újrafogalmazásáig,” Pro Minoritate, 4 (2000) 3-4, pp. 55-72.

Constantin Iordachi and Marius Turda, “Reconciliere Politică versus discurs istoric: Percepţia Ungariei in istoriografia românească, 1989-1999" [Political Reconciliation versus Historical Discourse: The Image of Hungarians in Romanian Historiography, 1989-1999], " Altera (Tîrgu Mureş), VI (October 2000) 14, pp. 153-174. Published in Hungarian as: "Politikai megbékélés versus történeti diskurzus: az 1989-1999 közötti román történetírás Magyarország-percepciója," Regio. A Review of Minority and Ethnic Studies, 11 (September 2000) 2, pp.129-159.

Constantin Iordachi, Trencsényi Balázs: “A megújulás esélyei: a román történetírás tíz éve (1989-1999” (Chances of Renewal: History Writing in Romania, 1989-1999), in Iordachi, Trencsényi, (eds.), “A Roman történetírás kihívásai,” Replika (Budapest), X (November 2000) 40-41, pp. 165-194.

Constantin Iordachi, “Politics and Inter-Confessional Strife in post-1989 Romania: From The Competition for Resources to the Redefinition of National Identity,” Balkanologie (Paris), III (September 1999) 1, pp. 147-169.

Constantin Iordachi, “Nicolae Iorga and the Paradigm of Cultural Nationalism,” Balkanistica, Special Millennial Issue (Missouri) 13 (2000) 1, pp. 167-174.

Constantin Iordachi, “Orthodocşi împotriva greco-catolicilor: De la competiţie pentru resurse la redefinirea identităţii naţionale,” Sfera Politicii (Bucharest) VII (September 2000) 82, pp. 15-20.

Constantin Iordachi, “The Romanian-Hungarian Reconciliation Process. An Interpretation,” Euro-Atlantic Forum (Bucharest), 2 (August 1998), pp. 67-77.

Book or Film Reviews (selection):

Film Review: Constantin Iordachi, "Alexandru Solomon, The Great Communist Bank Robbery," Slavic Review, 67 (2008) 3, pp. 732-733. 

Constantin Iordachi, “Is There a Way to Greater Romania? Moldova, Romania, and the Protracted Politics of Unification,” Romanian Journal of Society and Politics, (Bucharest) II (Summer 2002) 2, pp. 231-235. Review Essay on Gheorghe Cojocaru, Colapsul URSS şi dilema relaţiilor româno-române (Bucharest: Omega, 2001).

Constantin Iordachi, “Romania Mare: între competiţii ideologice şi consens naţionalist” (Greater Romania: Between Ideological Competitions and Nationalist Consensus), Sfera Politicii (Bucharest) VI (1998) 64, pp. 57-61.

Constantin Iordachi, "Nicholas Constantinesco, Romania on the European Stage, 1875-1880. The Quest for National Sovereignty and Independence (Columbia University Press, New York, 1998), The Bulletin of the Association for Turkish Studies, (Ohio) (Spring 1999), pp. 114-118.

E-publications and Newspaper articles (selection):

Constantin Iordachi, "Citizenship and Securitization: Unwanted Minorities," IWMpost, no. 107, April-August 2011, p. 12.

Constantin Iordachi, "Country Report: Romania," EUCITAC, Robert Shuman Center for Advanced Studies, EUDO Citizenship Observatory,

Constantin Iordachi, "How (not) to think about historical regions," contribution to the on-line forum "Is there (still) an East-West divide in the conception of citizenship in Europe?" EUCITAC,

Constantin Iordachi, "Romanian Citizenship Offer to Moldovans: Exaggerated Fears in the European Union," European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship, Press Release, 12 May 2009, available at

Constantin Iordachi, "Ungarns schwierige Nachbarschaften: Rumänien: Aussöhnung auf fragiler Basis," Pester Lloyd, Neuer 15. Jahrgang, Nr. 21, May 21, 2008, p. 4.

Work in Progress

The Making of Nation-State Citizenship in Southeastern Europe: The Case of Romania, 1817-1919 (In preparation. forthcoming with the CEU Press).

“The Collectivization of Agriculture in Communist Eastern Europe: Comparison and Entanglements from the 1930s to the 1980s,” an international collective research project initiated and coordinated together with Prof. Dr. Arnd Bauerkämper, Berliner Kolleg für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas, and sponsored by Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur, Berlin.

"Nation- and State-Building in the Balkans, 1804-1923," funded by a Faculty Research Grant awarded by the Central European University, Budapest.

Participant to "Captive States, Divided Societies. Political Institutions of Southeastern Europe in Historical-Comparative Perspective," Centre for Applied Policy Research (CAP), Munich, Romanian Academic Society (SAR), Bucharest, sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation, Wolfsburg.

CV attachment: 
Department of History
Pasts Inc., Center for Historical Studies