Statement of Research:
I am fascinated by Modern European history and the relationship between war and society after the French Revolution, especially during the era of the Two World Wars as mass conscript armies mobilized entire societies for war in the largest conflicts in history. I am especially interested in examining Eastern Europe during this period as its history remains largely understudied and marginalized. My specific research focuses on the Romanian Army during the Second World War and its experience on the Eastern Front. The Holocaust, due to the extent of Romanian participation in it, is a major part of my research. My dissertation research seeks to understand the motivation of soldiers in both combat and committing atrocities, especially against Romanian and Soviet Jews but also non-Jewish Soviet citizens and Romanian Gypsies (Roma), through an examination of Romanian society. Therefore, my research also focuses on nationalism, religion, politics, and ideology in the Romanian context and how these factors shaped the Romanian Army as an institution and the soldiers within its ranks. I believe Romanian history can help inform European history more generally and offer important insights on the nature and scope of the Holocaust specifically.
- Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Romania 2016-2017
- “First among Un-Equals: Challenging German Stereotypes of the Romanian Army during the Second World War.” The Journal of Slavic Military Studies 24, no. 3 (July 2011): 439-480
- Co-Convener of the War, Violence & Society Working Group, Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, 2015