Cristina Bejan

Cristina Bejan

scholar. writer. theatre artist.

Cristina Adriana Bejan, DPhil (Oxon) [PhD] is currently a Research Scholar in Duke University’s Center for European Studies, a Visiting Scholar in Duke’s History Department and a Contract Researcher at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. At Duke she is working on her book manuscript The Criterion Association: Friendship, Culture and Fascism in Interwar Romania and an article “The Romanian Leni Riefenstahl: Fascism, Women and Drama in Romania, the case of Marietta Sadova.” 

Prior to coming to Duke and USHMM, Bejan was a Title VIII Supported Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center (June – September 2011) and the Ion Ratiu Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (August 2010 – May 2011) in Washington DC. At Georgetown she developed and taught courses on the political, cultural and intellectual history of Romania, entitled “The Failure of Liberalism and the Ascent of Dictatorship in Romania 1918-1989” and “Romanian Cultural Greats of the 20th Century: Art, Literature, Philosophy, Drama and Poetry.” She also delivered the inaugural Ion Ratiu Lecture at Georgetown and the Romanian Cultural Centre in London entitled, “Culture, Modernity and Extremism: The Criterion Association of Interwar Bucharest.”

Cristina Bejan completed her DPhil (PhD) in Modern History at the University of Oxford (Wadham College) in 2010 and her Masters of Studies in Historical Research in Modern History at Oxford in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. After graduating with honors in Philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 2004, Bejan won the Rhodes Scholarship which funded her graduate studies at the University of Oxford for three years. She then received the Fulbright Scholarship to fund her primary research and study as a visiting student at the University of Bucharest from 2007 to 2008. In 2009 Bejan was in residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC as the recipient of the Yetta and Jacob Gelman Fellowship on the Holocaust in Romania. She is also the recipient of a Romanian Cultural Institute Grant for Foreign Researchers, the Rex Warner Literary Prize proxime accesit, and Wadham College Travel and Pollard Fund Grants. As an undergraduate she received numerous grants and awards, including being named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic 1st Team.

Bejan’s scholarly work includes articles in East Central Europe, SLOVO Journal of Russian, Eurasian and East European Affairs (“The Paradox of the Young Generation in Interwar Romania”) and International Review: Revue de sciences politiques, University of Craiova, Romania (“A Kantian Proposal for Newly Free Romania”). She has presented her research at numerous international conferences. In addition to English, Bejan is fluent in German and Romanian, proficient in French and has additional skills in Hungarian, Russian and Bislama.

While at Oxford, Bejan served as the Wadham College Middle Common Room (MCR) president from 2005 to 2006 representing the Wadham graduate student body to both college and university governing bodies. As a Fulbright, Bejan contributed to workshops for hopeful Romanian Fulbright applicants and reviewed applications. At Georgetown, she served on mock interview panels for international fellowship (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell) applicants.

Bejan entered Northwestern University as a Theatre major and has had an active theatre life since growing up in North Carolina. She is a playwright, theatre director, actress, dramaturg and sound designer who has run theatre companies in Oxford (Theatre Fille de Chambre) and Bucharest (Platforma). Her work has appeared in the US, UK, Romania and Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. As a playwright, she has written thirteen plays. Selected titles include: Districtland, Colombo Calling – a Play from Sri Lanka, Be a Good Girl, Finally Quiet in My Head, Etrangere, To Those Who Haven’t Stopped Thinking and Buchenwald. Most recently she was active in the theatre scene in Washington DC, focusing on plays by iconic Romanian literary figures: Lucian Blaga and Mihail Sebastian. While at Georgetown, Bejan directed and sound designed the world premiere of Doris Plantus-Runey’s most recent translation of Blaga’s Zalmoxis. The play premiered at the Romanian Embassy to the US and had its run in Georgetown’s Devine Studio Theatre in the Davis Center of the Performing Arts. While at the Wilson Center, Bejan directed David Auburn’s The Journals of Mihail Sebastian starring Dan Istrate as Sebastian. She also organized a talk-back following the performance featuring experts Radu Ioanid (USHMM), Dennis Deletant (Georgetown) and Ovidiu Creanga (USHMM). For more information, please visit: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/theatre-and-the-holocaust-romania-dramatic-reading-the-journals-mihail-sebastian

If you would like to be in contact with Dr. Bejan to request a CV or a script, or you have another inquiry, please do not hesitate to contact her at cab83 at duke.edu.

For more information about Dr. Bejan's research at Duke, please see this video.