Born and raised in Romania, I spent my formative childhood years in a small town called Rîmnicu Vîlcea, and my teens and college years in Bucharest. In my mid-twenties, I moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. My research and teaching have explored postcolonial literatures and cultures, transnational feminist theory, human rights, globalization, and forced migration.

I am now based in Cleveland, Ohio, where I contribute to migrant justice work in partnership with different local organizations and teach in the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University. 

Highlighted Project: THE DOCKET (2020)


My examination of U.S. immigration detention included court monitoring at the Cleveland immigration court and observing deportation proceedings for a report put together by a migrant legal defense organization. Witnessing the ways in which bureaucracy is weaponized and used to gratuitously punish and entrap people in an impossible labyrinthine system with no likely exit but deportation led to my writing this personal essay. This is a performance of the essay I delivered for the 2020 Tint Journal Literary Festival, Tinted Tales. You can read the essay here.