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Dr Raluca Grosescu

Associate Research Fellow


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I am currently an Associate Research Fellow working on the project 1989 after 1989: The fall of state-socialism in global perspective. This collaborative research project, lead by Professor James Mark, is funded by the Leverhulme Trust through a Research Leadership Award. My research interests centre on transitional criminal justice in post-dictatorial Eastern Europe and Latin America. I particularly look at the relationship between accountability for human rights violations, legal culture and individual biographies in times of profound political change. I also try to connect the two regions to broader global processes of dealing with the past through transnational and comparative methods. I have previously worked on the political conversion of the former communist elites in post-1989 Eastern Europe, with a special focus on Romania. My book Les communistes dans l'après-communisme. Trajectoires de conversion politique de la nomenklatura roumaine après 1989 was published in 2010 at Michel Houdiard, Paris. Currently, I am co-editing with Dr. Agata Fijalkowski (University of Lancaster) a collection on transitional criminal justice in post-dictatorial and post-conflict societies for Intersentia's Series on Transitional Justice (forthcoming).

Research interests

My main research interest is transitional justice in post-dictatorial societies, particularly in Eastern Europe and Latin America. My current project analyses the trials held against former authoritarian leaders in post-communist Bulgaria, Romania and Germany and post-dictatorial Argentina and Paraguay. It specifically focuses on the role of law and criminal justice in shaping the understanding of the fall of dictatorial regimes and their aftermath. The project addresses, from a global/comparative perspective, four main theoretical questions of justice in transition which have been previously either overlooked or examined only in a national and regional context: (1) the relationship between the individual biographies of judicial officials and the general course of transitional justice; (2) the role of trials in writing the history of the former regime and of its breakdown; (3) the transformation of legal culture and the impact that it had on retrospective justice; and (4) the internationalization of domestic processes of dealing with the past.


I completed my PhD in political science at University of Paris X. Between 2011 and 2013 I was associate researcher at Institut de Sciences Sociales du Politique de Paris (CNRS), associate lecturer at Bucharest University, and director of the public policies department of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. In 2013 I was fellow of the Centre for Advanced Studies Sofia and of the Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel. 

I started to work in the History Department at Exeter in January 2014.