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Dennis Deletant

Guest Speaker


    Professional affiliation

    Visiting Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies

    Full Biography

    Dennis Deletant is currently Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University and Emeritus Professor of Romanian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London. He was Professor of Romanian Studies at the University of Amsterdam (on secondment from UCL) between 2003 and 2010. He was appointed to the board of the British Government’s ‘Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe’ in 1990 and was actively involved in its work in Romania and in the Republic of  Moldova until 1999. For this service he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1995. He was awarded 'Ordinul pentru merit' with the rank of commander for services to Romanian democracy on 1 December 2000 by President Emil Constantinescu of Romania.

    Between 2000 and 2001 he was Rosenzweig Family Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. He is the author of several monographs and volumes of studies on the recent history of Romania, among them Ceauşescu and the Securitate: Coercion and Dissent in Romania, 1965-89 (London; New York, 1996), Romania under Communist Rule (Bucharest, 1998), Communist Terror in Romania: Gheorghiu-Dej and the Police State, 1948-1965, (London; New York, 1999) and Ion Antonescu. Hitler’s Forgotten Ally (London: New York, 2006). He is currently researching a study of British clandestine operations in Romania during World War II.