About

 

I was born in Romania, where I quickly discovered my interest in policy, international relations and how much we can redefine tomorrow’s world by today’s actions. Currently, I am a Fulbright Scholar and Global Leaders Fellow at GWU, where I research and study on topics related to public policy, foreign and national security policy.

High academic achiever and cosmopolite professional, with increasingly strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. I focus on public policy, international security, strategic narratives and the identity/security nexus. I advocate for evidence-based and multi-stakeholder governance policymaking models, especially in opaque or semi-opaque fields like foreign policy or national security. My determination and quick learning abilities permit me to provide effective and innovative solutions to current problems, in a way that motivates people to implement them. My exposure to both national and European policy environments, together with my interdisciplinary approach, allows me to deliver optimal results.

I have an M.A. in International Relations, with distinction, from CEU and a B.A., valedictorian, from the University of Bucharest. I work on several projects on policy and research and I have a strong interest in narratives, identity/security nexus, and foreign policy.

Academically, I focus my research on topics linked to international security, norms, and identities. I primarily research the security/identity nexus, the role and impact of strategic narratives in international relations, as well as the role of discourse in constituting the social reality and public policy. My research approach tends to be eclectic and relatively pragmatic, depending on the topic and research objectives, but usually I engage with both positivist and post-positivist scholarship, as well as quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Professionally, over the years I have acquired policy-related expertise by working with Romanian and European policy-makers, with a particular focus on foreign policy and international security. I have a long-term commitment to building exceptional expertise on foreign policy by engaging with avantgardist theoretical and policy approaches as well as more traditional perspectives. Looking to offer effective and efficient solutions to current issues by using quantitative and qualitative methods that are falsifiable and innovative.

Personally, I am a team-player, extrovert, ready to help anyone who would need it. I am open-minded, social liberal, and I usually talk a lot about (international) politics and policy. More importantly, I am open to being approached by anyone, anytime, as long as you do it respectfully and with good intentions.