Maria Bucur

Maria Bucur

John W. Hill Chair, European History

Professor, Gender Studies

Professor, History


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1996

About Maria Bucur

My Gender Studies courses focus on historical explorations of past gendered regimes, with a transnational focus on the modern period (1800-present). Thematically, I explore how gender norms and practices are framed by and help articulate citizenship rights and duties in the modern state, from the ballot box to the schoolroom. In my teaching I also explore various aspects of the feminist movements in the modern period, both in their national context, as well as comparatively. My focus is primarily on Europe, but I also focus on cases from Asia and the Middle East. In my History courses, I focus on Eastern Europe in the modern period, gender and citizenship in comparative perspective, and the history of the Cold War.

My research interests focus on transnational history in the modern period, especially social and cultural developments in Europe, with a special interest in Romania (geographically) and gender (thematically). I began my intellectual journey by investigating the ways in which cultural producers and social policy makers tried to engineer the future during the first half of the twentieth century. This led to the publication of my first book, Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar Romania. Subsequently I moved on to examine how various local communities and official state institutions in Eastern Europe tried to engineer the past, by constructing representations of wartime violence through monuments and commemorative processes, in Heroes and Victims. Remembering War in Twentieth-Century Romania. I've also published a number of essays on eugenics, philanthropy, the cultural history of the Great War, commemorations of World War II, and gender and war. My book Gendering Modernism: A Reappraisal of the Canon, a provocative synthesis about the revolutionary and not so revolutionary aspects of modernism came out from Bloomsbury Press in 2017. I am currently completing revisions on a book entitled The Birth of Democratic Citizenship: Women and Everyday Life in Socialist and Post-Socialist Romania, which traces the self-understanding and practices of women from various generations across the twentieth century around the concept of citizen. Finally, my book The Century of Women. How Women Changed the World in the Twentieth Century is under contract with Rowman and Littlefiled, due for release in 2017.

Awards & Honors

New Frontiers Grant (2015)

Woodrow Wilson Center, Summer Research Fellow, (2015)

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant (2001 and 2009)

Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2006)

Multidisciplinary Development Grant, Indiana University (2004)

Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2002)

Courses taught

G340: Gender, Geography, Sex, & Space

G350: Queer Theory

G402: Sexuality & The Black Radical Tradition

G600: Concepts of Gender

G701: Queer of Color Critique in Theory & Practice