Dr. Adela Hîncu

Adela Hîncu studied world and comparative literature at the University of Bucharest and modern history at Central European University. She received her PhD in Comparative History from CEU in 2019 with a dissertation on the history of social thought and sociology in state socialist Romania (“Accounting for the ‘Social’ in State Socialist Romania: Contexts and Genealogies, 1960s–80s”).

She researches the history of social sciences, intellectual history, and feminist thought during state socialism, as well as social thought and social policy after 1989. Fellowships at the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), New Europe College (Bucharest), Center for Advanced Study (Sofia), and Imre Kertész Kolleg (Jena).

She taught graduate courses at Central European University, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), and Ilia State University (Tbilisi). She is a member of the editorial collective at LeftEast, the online platform for the History of Science in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, and the Romanian Young Academy.

Publications List

Edited volume

  • Hîncu A., Karady V. (2018), Social Sciences in the “Other Europe” since 1945. Budapest: Pasts, Inc., Central European University.

Journal articles

  • Hîncu A. (2022), “Ambivalent Empowerment? Ideas on Women’s Equality in 1960s-80s Socialist Romania,” submitted for publication in Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung, forthcoming (in German).
  • Hîncu A. (2021), “Academic Mobility and Epistemological Change in State Socialist Romania: Three Generations of Sociologists, Western Social Science, and Quality of Life Research,” Serendipities: Journal for the Sociology and History of the Social Sciences 5, no. 1 (2021).
  • Hîncu A. (2017), “Managing Culture, Locating Consent: The Sociology of Mass Culture in Socialist Romania, 1960s–1970s.” Revista română de sociologie 28, nos. 1–2 (2017): 3–14.

Book chapters

  • Hîncu A. (2018), “Introduction: ‘Peripheral Observations’ and Their Observers,” in: Social Sciences in the “Other Europe” since 1945, edited by Adela Hîncu and Victor Karady, 1–25. Budapest: Pasts, Inc., Central European University, 2018.
  • Hîncu A. (2018), “‘A Common Front?’: Social Structure Research in 1970s Socialist Romania”, in: Social Sciences in the “Other Europe” since 1945, edited by Adela Hîncu and Victor Karady, 209–23. Budapest: Pasts, Inc., Central European University.


  • Hîncu A. (2020): Libora Oates-Indruchová, Censorship in Czech and Hungarian Academic Publishing, 1969–1989: Snakes and Ladders, in: Hungarian Historical Review 9, no. 4 (2020): 752–755;
  • Hîncu A. (2020): Zsófia Lóránd, The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia, in: Hungarian Historical Review 9, no. 1 (2020): 166–168.
  • Hîncu A. (2016): Valeska Bopp-Filimonov, Erinnerungen an die ‘Nicht-Zeit’: Das sozialistische Rumänien im biographisch-zeitgeschichtlichen Gedächtnis, in: WerkstattGeschichte 70 (January 2016): 119–121.