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Cristina A. BejaN, PhD

Finalist for the 2021 MSU Denver Faculty Senate Teaching Award

"Your passion for your discipline and your desire to share that passion with your students [is] obvious ... You are truly an inspiring professor."

- Metropolitan State University of Denver to Prof. Bejan

As a history professor, Bejan has taught at Georgetown University (as the Ion Rațiu Teaching Fellow), Duke University, UNC-Greensboro, and Wake Technical Community College. After four years of teaching history and theatre at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Bejan has joined the University of Denver in a teaching and research capacity, with a focus in her area of expertise: the Holocaust. She has presented her research at numerous international conferences. Her writing and research interests include totalitarianism and genocide in Europe, South Asia and Africa. Prior to committing to a career in teaching, Bejan worked as a researcher at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for three years. She has been an invited guest lecturer for the Foreign Service Institute since 2016, providing tailored lectures to US diplomats departing for Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Bulgaria. In November 2023 she was the keynote speaker at the international conference "Crossing Boundaries in Culture and Communication" and guest lecturer at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest.

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Bejan contributed 64 articles to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933 -1945, Vol. 3. In 2019 she published her first book Intellectuals and Fascism in Romania: The Criterion Association (Palgrave Macmillan) and she has started work on two research projects entitled: Victims of Colonialism - Africa and the Holocaust and The Romanian National Theatre Under Totalitarianism. Bejan's research languages include: English, French, German, Romanian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Ruthenian, Yiddish, Dutch, Flemish, and South Pacific pidgin. She has embarked on writing her next book as historian: The Unknown Holocaust: Axis crimes & memory in Africa, France, and Romania.

Courses Taught

Staging Cultures: Theatre, Drama, and Multiculturalism

Theatre History & Criticism I

History of Modern Europe

History of the Islamic World

USA History since 1865

20th Century European History

History of Germany WWI - WWII

World History before 1500 (Ancient)

World History after 1500 (Modern)

The Enlightenment

The Failure of Liberalism and the Rise of Dictatorship in 20th C Romania

Romanian Cultural Greats of the 20th Century

Honors Program - Honors Thesis Supervisor

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