Dr. F. (Felicia) Rosu

  • Lecturer
  • Early modern history

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4116
E-Mail: f.rosu@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, Algemene Geschiedenis
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 2.68b

Fields of interest

Early modern political thought and practice: republicanism, constitutionalism, monarchism, and liberalism. East Central European history; frontier zones and interaction between Europe and the Ottoman Empire.


My doctoral project compared sixteenth-century republican and constitutional culture and, more specifically, electoral practices in Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania in the 1570s and 1580s. I am now developing a book based on the main findings of this project. Connected to my interest in the interplay of authority and power in early modern monarchies, I am also working on a new study comparing the concepts of lese-majesty in France and Poland-Lithuania in late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

My familiarity with the Vatican archives, where I had conducted part of my doctoral research, opened up new research venues after the completion of my Ph.D.: in 2009 and 2010 I developed a postdoctoral project, under the supervision and with the collaboration of Dr. Alison Forrestal, at the National University of Ireland, Galway, based on the archives of the Vatican archives and those of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. The project’s aim was to collect and make available, in a digital database, an extensive set of seventeenth-century sources related to Vincent de Paul’s Congregation of the Mission and its missionary activities in Europe, northern Africa, and Madagascar. The project is ongoing and currently expanding into an international collaborative network.

Teaching activities

I am currently offering a 2nd-year B.A. werkcollege on republican thought and practices in early modern Europe, and a 3rd-year B.A. seminar on slavery at the frontier between Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Future teaching plans involve early modern gender, universities and student life, and the place of Eastern Europe in continental history.

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., History, 2009 – Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

M.A., Russian and East European Studies, 2000 – Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

B.A., Political Science, 1998 – University of Bucharest, Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences, Romania

Academic Positions

Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2012-
Lecturer, Institute for History, 2012-

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. 2009-2012
Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, 2011-2012
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, 2009-2010

Łazarski University, Institute for Civic Space and Public Policy, Warsaw, Poland. 2008-2009
Visiting Lecturer & Doctoral Research Fellow

Georgetown University, Department of History, Washington, DC, USA. 2002-2009
Visiting Lecturer, 2007-2008
Teaching Fellow, 2006-2007
Teaching Assistant, 2002-2003

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway. 2009-2010. Post-doctoral fellowship to conduct original research in the Vatican Archives and other archival repositories in Italy.

Doctoral Research Fellowship, Institute for Civic Space and Public Policy, Łazarski University, Warsaw, Poland. 2008-2009. Doctoral fellowship for dissertation writing and original research in Polish archives.

Roydon B. Davis Fellowship, Department of History, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. 2006-2007. Doctoral fellowship to design and teach an upper-division undergraduate course at Georgetown University.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education. 2004-2005. Doctoral fellowship to conduct original research in Polish and Hungarian archives.
Young Scholars Award, Cosmos Club Foundation, Washington, DC, USA, 2004 and 2006. Grants in support of archival research in Italy and Poland.

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

“Lese-majesty Between Imperium and Respublica: The Composite Definition of Public Crimes in the
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.” ASEEES Annual Convention, Washington, DC, November 2011.

“History-Making and Nation-Writing: Poles and Hungarians in Romanian Historiography before WWI.”
The Balkans as Europe, 1821-1914, Institut für die Wissenschaften
vom Menschen, Vienna, Austria,
May 2011.

“Traitors, Malcontents and Public Enemies: Rebellion in Poland-Lithuania, Transylvania, and France,
16th-17th centuries.” Across Borders, Across Allegiances? Early Modern Poland in a Transnational Context, University of Aberdeen, UK, June 2010.

“Rule of Law or Rule of Virtue? Versions of Citizenship in Early Modern Venice and Poland-
Lithuania.” Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law, University of Aberdeen, UK, August 2009.

“From the Christian Republic to the European Union: The Unities and Disunities of Europe in the Modern Age.” Old Europe, New Europe, Non Europe. Reshaping the European Union at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Lund University, Sweden, August 2007.

“Well-Ordered Commonwealths: War, Justice, and Institutional Change in Sixteenth-Century
Transylvania and Poland-Lithuania.” Central European University Conference in the Humanities and Social Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, May 2006.

“Monarch versus Citizens and the Law under Stephan Báthory: The Legal Reform of 1578.” The Sawyer Seminar at the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK, November 2005.

“Images of Hungarians in Romanian Historiography: Three Centuries of Hostility.” American-Hungarian Educators Association, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, April 2001.

Independent Teaching

Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands. 2012-
“Republics in early modern Europe” (2nd-year B.A. course)
“Slavery on the frontier: captives, raiders, and traders on the border between Europe and the Ottoman Empire” (3rd-year B.A. course)

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. 2006-2008
HIST-173-01: “East European history in the 20th century”
HIST-372-01: “Liberty and tyranny in republican states: from Pericles’ Athens to Bush’s America”

Team Teaching

National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. 2011-2012
“Historical debates and controversies” (M.A. in History module)
“Sources and resources” (M.A. in History module)
“Movement, settlement, frontiers, and identity” (M.A. in History module)
“Interpreting history” (M.A. in History of Ideas and Culture module)
“The practice of history II: historical reputations” (B.A. in History, Single Honours module)

Łazarski University, Warsaw, Poland. 2009
“Introduction to the humanities and social sciences” (undergraduate course)

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. 2002-2003
HIST-001-03: World history I
HIST-002-05: World history II


Native: Romanian
Near Native: English, French
Advanced: Latin, Polish, Italian, Spanish
Intermediate: Hungarian, German, Russian

Professional Affiliations

History SoTL: An International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (founding member), 2006-present
American Historical Association (member), 2007-present
Danube Environmental History Initiative (member), 2009-present
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (member), 2011-present

Key publications

“Vincent de Paul, the Congregation of the Mission, and the Papacy: Documents from the Vatican Archives (1625-1670).” Digital catalogue of archival sources and a digital edition of selected documents. In collaboration with the Digital Humanities Observatory of the Royal Irish Academy.

“Monarch, Citizens, and the Law under Stefan Batory: The Legal Reform of 1578.” In Citizenship and Identity in a Multinational Commonwealth: Poland-Lithuania in Context, 1550-1772, edited by Karin Friedrich and Barbara M. Pendzich, 19-47. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2009.

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