Maria  Bucur-DeckardMaria Bucur-Deckard
John W. Hill Professor

Maria Bucur is John V. Hill Professor of East European History and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1996. Her teaching and research focus on the recent history of Eastern Europe, with a focus on Romania and gender, and thematically ranging from questions of war and memory to the history of eugenics. Her recent publications include Heroes and Victims. Remembering Romania’s Wars in the Twentieth Century (2009), “Eugenics and Colonialism in Eastern Europe,” in Philippa Levine and Alison Bashford, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (2010), and "An Archipelago of Stories: Gender History in Eastern Europe," in The American Historical Review (2008).

Professor Bucur is the recipient of a number of national grants, among them two collaborative research NEH grants, three IREX grants, two ACLS grants, an AAUW grant, and a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research grant. She has given talks at conferences in Europe, North America, and Australia, and served as coordinator for the women’s and gender history network of the European Social Science History Conference. She recently finished her term as President of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies and is currently working on a project focusing on comparing the transformation of everyday citizenship in communist and post-communist Eastern Europe with the United States.