Cristian Capotescu

Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan

Cristian Capotescu is the incoming Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Washington's Simpson Center for the Humanities. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2020. Cristian’s teaching and research interests span a broad range of topics, including borders and mobility, economic life, humanitarianism, social unrest, and welfare politics in 20th century Europe. His dissertation investigates how economic and environmental crises became transformative moments of private humanitarian action in socialist Romania in the 1970s and 1980s. National grants from the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, the Fulbright Commission, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Social Science Research Council, among others, have supported his research. His forthcoming article “Migrants into Humanitarians: Ethnic Solidarity and Private Aid-Giving during Romania’s Historic Flood of 1970” will appear in East European Politics and Societies.


  • 2014–2020
    Doctoral Candidate, University of Michigan


  • 2020 
    University of Michigan, Ph.D., History
  • 2014 
    University of Michigan, M.A., History
  • 2010 
    University of Freiburg, M.A., History