With a focus on Romania, my research explores how different political regimes mobilize various kinds of expertise to transform urban spaces in line with dominant political visions. Via archival and ethnographic research, I analyze the employment of historic neighborhoods and national museums as political sites of statecraft.

Manuk Inn, an 18th century building restored in 1972, Old Town, Bucharest. Photo by Emanuela Grama, May 15, 2016.

My first book, Socialist Heritage: The Politics of Past and Place in Romania (Indiana University Press, 2019), analyzes the relationship between heritage, state-formation, and nationalism in communist and postcommunist Romania from 1945 until the late 2010s.

Baroque house in Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Transylvania. Photo by Emanuela Grama, May 25, 2016.

I am currently working on my second monograph, Born-Again Europeans: Memory as Capital and Ethnicity as Property in Transylvania. The book explores the de-nationalization and Europeanization of ethnicity in Transylvania through memory-work and property restitution.