Criminal Justice Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Monica Ciobanu

Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Monica Ciobanu joined the faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall of 2005 after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her interdisciplinary research agenda falls in two separate but related areas: issues of democratization in East and Central Europe and problems of memory and justice in post-communist countries. Her academic contributions were recognized by the 2014–2015 SUNY Chancellors’ Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. She served as the chair of the Criminal Justice Department from fall 2014 to fall 2016. She was one of the three featured scholars in the School of Arts and Sciences celebrated in fall 2013 at the Celebration of Scholarship at SUNY Plattsburgh. In fall 2009, Dr. Ciobanu was a visiting research fellow at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and during summer 2011 her research in Bucharest, Romania at the National Council for Securitate (Secret Police) Archives was funded through a Title VIII grant granted by the US Department of State. Dr. Ciobanu is regularly invited to review manuscripts and grant proposals in the area of East European studies. Currently she serves on the board of the Society for Romanian Studies.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research, 2005
  • M.A. in Gender Studies, Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research, 1998
  • B.A. in Sociology, Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bucharest, Romania, 1993

Teaching Areas

  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Law
  • Human Rights

Research Areas

  • Problems of democracy, including transitions to democracy, party systems, civil society
  • Transitional justice and historical memory
  • Human rights

Selected Publications (recent and forthcoming)

  • “Remembering the Gulag: Religious Practices and Representations," in Memory, Justice and Redress: New Insights from Romania, ed. by Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press (forthcoming).
  • November 2015: "Remembering the Romanian Anti-Communist Armed Resistance: an Analysis of Localized Lived Experience," Eurostudia (journal published by the Center for German and European Studies at the Université of Montréal), Vol. 10, Number 1, pp. 105–123.
  • June 2015: Pitesti: A Project in Re-education and its Post-1989 Interpretation in Romania," Nationalities Papers, Vol. 43, Number 4, pp. 615-633.
  • 2015: "The Challenge of Competing Pasts," in Post-Communist Transitional Justice: 25 Years of Experience, ed. by Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelski, Cambridge: Cambridge university Press, pp. 148–166.
  • November 2014: "Post-Communist Transitional Justice at 25: Unresolved Dilemmas," Annals of the University of Bucharest-Political Science Series, Vol XVI, Number 2, pp. 119–136.
  • November 2014: "Reconstructing the History of Early Communism and Armed Resistance in Romania," Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 66, no. 9, pp. 1452–1481.
  • September–October 2013: "Recent Restorative Justice Measures in Romania (2006-2010)," Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 60. no. 5, pp. 45–57.

For more information about Dr. Ciobanu's academic record see her curriculum vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Dr. Monica Ciobanu

Office: Redcay Hall 144
Phone: (518) 564-3319