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Stanciu appointed as the new director of the Humanities Research Center

Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of English, where she has been a faculty member since 2011.
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Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D.

The VCU College of Humanities and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D. as the director for the Humanities Research Center. As the new director of the HRC, Stanciu is charged with continuing to enhance and build VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences’ commitment to the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

“I am delighted that Cristina has agreed to serve in this role. She has many excellent ideas for leading the HRC during this time of change in higher education and our country” said Dean Jennifer Malat, Ph.D.

Cristina Stanciu is an associate professor in the Department of English, where she has been a faculty member since 2011. Stanciu is a scholar of multiethnic and Indigenous cultures in the United States, who works at the intersection of several fields in American studies: Native American and Indigenous studies, visual culture, and immigration and citizenship studies.

Her scholarship has been published in interdisciplinary journals such as Native American and Indigenous Studies, Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, American Indian Quarterly, Multiethnic Literatures of the United States, Studies in American Indian Literatures, College English and others. She is the co-editor of Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Writings by Laura Cornelius Kellogg (Syracuse UP, 2015, with Dr. Kristina Ackley) and the co-editor of a special issue of the journal Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, “Pedagogy in Anxious Times” (Winter 2017, Oxford UP, with Dr. Anastasia Lin). Her monograph, "The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924," is forthcoming from Yale University Press. Her current book project examines Indigenous writing in the aftermath of residential schools in four settler states.

"I am enthusiastic about continuing the mission of the HRC on campus (interdisciplinarity, collaboration, global and local engagement) and I am very aware of the challenges ahead."

Stanciu’s research has been supported by research fellowships such as the Monticello fellowship at Newberry Library and the Reese fellowship in American bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. She is also the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women (2015-16), an NEH summer stipend award, four NEH summer institutes and seminars, and others. Most recently, she was awarded an Obama fellowship (at the Obama Institute, Johannes Gutenberg University) and a Fulbright Scholar Award to Romania (2019-20). She has presented her research nationally and internationally, including recent talks in South Africa, France, South Korea, The Netherlands and New Zealand. During her Fulbright year Stanciu lectured in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Romania and Latvia.

Stanciu has served the university, the College, her home department and the profession in various capacities since her arrival at VCU in 2011. Most recently, she served as provost faculty fellow (2016-18) in the Office of Faculty Affairs, where she helped launch several universitywide initiatives: The Peer Mentoring Program, Write on Site, institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), writing retreats and workshops on writing, productivity and the challenges faced by mid-career faculty. Nationally, she serves as her main organization’s membership and media chair, and has been recently named book review editor for the major journal in her field, Multiethnic Literatures of the United States. She serves a coach for NCFDD’s Faculty Success Program.

Stanciu is committed to supporting and promoting faculty scholarship and intellectual community in the College of Humanities and Sciences, as well as broadening the rich connections between humanistic research at VCU and the student body and Richmond communities.

“I am enthusiastic about continuing the mission of the HRC on campus (interdisciplinarity, collaboration, global and local engagement) and I am very aware of the challenges ahead—caused by both the pandemic and the nationwide decline in financial support for the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Nevertheless, I’m willing to be an advocate for our faculty, to support their scholarship and intellectual community, to recognize their work and to work with the Dean’s Office and other units on campus to ensure the financial health of the center in the post-COVID-19 years, and to develop new initiatives that support the strategic direction of the HRC in alignment with the university’s strategic plan,” said Stanciu.

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