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About Monica Ciobanu

Monica Ciobanu is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. She joined the faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2005 after completing her PhD in Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York. Dr. Ciobanu earned her BA in Sociology at the University of Bucharest in Romania and an MA in Gender Studies also at the New School for Social Research.
She is a political sociologist who utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of political regimes, social movements, collective memory and human rights. Specifically, her work has two foci: transitions to democracy in East and Central Europe after the fall of communism in 1989 and the politics of memory and justice in post-communist societies. Since she came to SUNY Plattsburgh she has published nine articles in refereed journals such as _Comparative Sociology_, _Europe-Asia Studies_, _International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society_, _Nationalities Papers_ and _Problems of Postcommunism_. An article has also been accepted for publication in 2014 in _Europe-Asia Studies_. In addition, Dr. Ciobanu has published four book chapters and several encyclopedia articles and reviews. Her scholarly work significantly informs the criminal justice and sociology courses she teaches at SUNY Plattsburgh.
She was a recipient of the Dr. Nuala Mc.Gann Affirmative Action/ Diversity Leave Program and a fellow in residence at the Center for the Study of Ethics in Public Life as well as a recipient of Presidential and Redcay awards in 2007 and 2013. She was also a research fellow at the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 2009. During summer 2011 her field work in Romania was supported by a Title VIII grant funded by US Department of State.


Present Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, SUNY Plattsburgh

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Featured Scholar
  • Dr. Nuala McGann Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program
  • Center for the Study of Ethics in Public Life fellow in residence
  • Presidential Award (2007)
  • Redcay Award (2013)
  • University of Glasgow research fellow, 2009
  • US Department of State Title VIII grant for field work in Romania, 2011


  • Sociology of Law (SOC 335)
  • Political Sociology (SOC 342)
  • Seminar on East and Central Europe
  • Selected Topics in Criminal Justice (CRI 405)
  • Human Rights and Justice (CRI 359)

Articles (11)