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Stefania is a historian who explores the international politics, networks and institutions involved in development projects and investments in 19th century Ottoman Empire and Southeastern Europe. 

Currently she is an external researcher affiliated with the Chair of History of Governance and Politics in Modern Times at the University of Groningen.

She received her PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2013. Her dissertation " At the end of empire: imperial governance, inter-imperial rivalry and 'autonomy' in Wallachia and Moldavia (1780s-1850s)" explains how European-Ottoman diplomatic networks and relations on a Balkan borderland shaped 19th century international concepts of “autonomy” with application to the Ottoman Empire.

She received numerous awards, the most recent being the Advanced Academic Fellowship from the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia and the Cotsen Travel Award from the Gennadius Library and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Stefania's teaching experience includes lecturing, facilitating and grading discussion sections of survey courses in European history at Sabanci University (2004-05) and the University of Illinois (2006-08). As a UNDP-ACT intern in Cyprus in 2010 she participated in a project of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in Cyprus about the teaching of history in societies divided by ethnic conflict.

She started Southeastern Europe Post, a blog that provides opinion, information about archives and book reviews about Southeastern Europe.

Her academic interests include: history of development; history of international relations; business history; history of empires; transnational history.


Ştefania Costache, PhD

The Netherlands

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