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Doina Anca Cretu, Ph.D.


  • T. G. Masaryk
  • Dějiny vědeckých institucí v Československu po roce 1952


  • 2013–2018 PhD, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2011–2013 MA, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2007–2011 BA, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA

Research Interests

Humanitarianism, Development, Nationalism and National Indifference, Refugees and Refugee Policy in East-Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Century

Research projects

  • Unlikely refuge? Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century, ERC Consolidator Grant, Research fellow, starting 09/2020
  • European Humanitarian Efforts in Transylvania and Bukovina in the Great War Era, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, 2018–2019
  • Romanian Nation-Building and American Foreign Assistance during and after the First World War, 2013–2018

Fellowships abroad

  • 09/2019–08/2020: Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence
  • 10/2018–03/2019: Junior Visiting Fellowship, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna
  • 10/2017–10/2018: Swiss National Science Foundation Doc. Mobility Fellowship, Faculty of History, University of Oxford



Publication list at MIA CAS in ASEP: here


  • Cretu, Doina Anca. Foreign Aid and State Building in Interwar Romania: In Quest of an Ideal, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2024.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Cretu, Doina Anca. “Child Assistance and the Making of Modern Refugee Camps in Austria-Hungary during the First World War.” Central European History (5 September 2022), doi:10.1017/S0008938922000632.
  • Cretu, Doina Anca. "Health, Disease, Mortality; Demographic Effects." 19141918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, eds. Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson (Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, 17 November 2020). DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11496.
  • Cretu, Doina Anca. "Nationalizing international relief: Romanian responses to American aid for children in the Great War era." European Review of History / Revue européenne d’histoire (3 February 2020). DOI: 10.1080/13507486.2019.1709049.
  • Cretu, Doina Anca. "Humanitarian Aid in the 'Bulwark Against Bolshevism': The American Relief Administration and the Quest for Sovereignty in Post-World War I Romania.” Journal of Romanian Studies 1, No. 2 (October 2019).

Book Chapters

  • Cretu, Doina Anca. "For The 'Youth of The Great Nation': The American YMCA and Nation-Building in Greater Romania in the Interwar Period." In Spreading Protestant Modernity: Global Perspectives on the Social Work of the YMCA and YWCA, 18891970, eds. Harald Fischer-Tiné, Stefan Huebner, and Ian Tyrrell (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2020), pp. 169–190. DOI: 10.1515/9780824886462-009.
  • Cretu, Doina Anca. “Securitized Protection: Health Work and the Making of Refugee Camps in Wartime Austria-Hungary” (accepted and forthcoming in World War I and Its Internments: Local, National, and Global Perspectives, eds. Rotem Kowner and Iris Rachamimov).

Public History

  • “Romania: Histories of Refugee Reception,” Current Affairs, Pierre Du Bois Foundation, July 2022.
  • “Ukraine’s Refugees and the Muddy Waters of Humanitarian Aid: Some Early Thoughts,” New Fascism Syllabus Blog , 3 April 2022.
  • Collaborator “Experience of Epidemics Podcast,” Episode 13: The World War, refugees, and the long history of Epidemics, 9 November 2021.
  • “A Regime of Immobility,” History Workshop Journal, 10 May 2021.
  • “Epidemics and Europe’s Refugee Camps: A Tale of Two Eras,” Current Affairs, Pierre Du Bois Foundation, December 2020.
  • “The Irony of Triumph: The Muddled Commemorations of Romania's Great Unification,” Current Affairs, Pierre Du Bois Foundation, November 2018.
  • “Twenty Years After: The Dayton Accords, Legacies and Opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Current Affairs, Pierre Du Bois Foundation, July 2015. 
  • “Central and Eastern Europe: Media Freedom and the Struggles of Brussels,” Global Minds, The  Global Journal, 8 February 2013.
  • “Romania: The Tragic Comedy and Its Quiet Audience,” Global Minds, The Global Journal, 28 August  2012.
  • “Grassroots Monitoring and Aid Effectiveness: Does Greater Community Involvement Matter?” The First Tranche, Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Studies, September 2010.
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