Diana Georgescu

is a historian of modern eastern and southeastern Europe, whose research focuses on the socialist and post-socialist periods. She teaches at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She earnt her doctoral degree in History at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

Her archival and oral history research in Romania, the US, and the UK has been supported by grants from the Council for European Studies at Columbia University, the Social Science Research Council, New York, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and the New Europe College in Bucharest.


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‘The Romanians are coming’

Emerging divisions and enduring misperceptions in contemporary Europe

Following changes to UK immigration law in 2014, the documentary ‘The Romanians are Coming’ promised the truth behind the headlines. Diana Georgescu finds a more troubling picture of Romanians, tied up with longstanding prejudices applied to eastern Europeans generally and Romani people in particular.

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