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Cristina Vatulescu

Dr. Cristina Vatulescu received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Harvard in 2005 and joined NYU after a year as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her book, Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film and The Secret Police (Stanford UP, 2010), a study of the relationships between cultural and policing practices in twentieth century Eastern Europe, won the 2011 Heldt Prize and the 2011 Outstanding Academic Title Award, sponsored by Choice, and was translated into Romanian and Russian. She is also the co-editor of The Svetlana Boym Reader (Bloomsbury, 2018), and a Perspectives on Europe special issue on Secrecy (2014).  She edited an online Diacritics dossier titled Teaching and Learning in an Archive Gone Digital (2020), and is currently editing a special issue of Comparative Literature Studies titled Archival Twists, Turns, and New Directions. Her articles have appeared in Diacritics, Comparative Literature, Poetics Today, Law and Literature, Film and Literature Quarterly, and The Brooklyn Rail. Cristina has completed a manuscript entitled Reading the Archival Revolution: Declassified Soviet-Era Stories and Their Challenges, and has started work on a new book project entitled Arts of Attention: A Literary Seed Bank.

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