Full Name:                                                      Dennis John Deletant

Post and Affliation:                                        Professor of Romanian Studies

                                                                        School of Slavonic and East European

                                                                        Studies, University College, London

                                                                        Professor of Romanian Studies

                                                                        University of Amsterdam

                                                                        (on secondment in 1st semester since


Date of appointment as Professor in

SSEES:                                                           1 October 1996

Date of Birth:                                                 5 March 1946

Previous appointments:                                

1 October 1969: 

Assistant Lecturer in Romanian Language and Literature, SSEES

1 October 1972: 

Lecturer in Romanian Language and Literature, SSEES

1 October 1988:

Senior Lecturer in Romanian Studies, SSEES

1 October 1993:

Reader in Romanian Studies, SSEES

Other appointments and awards

Between 2000 and 2001 I was Rosenzweig Family Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and in December 2002 was appointed a Senior Research Scholar of the Cold War International History Project, funded by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC.

From September 2003 I have been seconded for the autumn semester to the University of Amsterdam under a bi-lateral agreement between that university and UCL.

British Academy Small Grant of £5098 for the period 1 July 2007 -31 May 2009 to research the topic ‘Britain and anti-Fascist and anti-Communist resistance in Romania, 1940-1964'.


I        Undergraduate (BA) courses (all tutorials)

Note that student demand fluctuates from year to year and that not all undergraduate courses may be taught in a given year                                                                                                                                                                                          

Introduction to Romanian Culture                                                    

Romanian literature 1850-1948                                                       

Romanian literature since 1948                                                                                                                                  

II      MA Teaching Tutorials 


Romanian literature, 1944-1989                                  

III     Postgraduate research supervision


4 students currently under supervision



 Chairman of Examiners in B.A.Romanian

Chairman of the Board of Examiners for BA East European Languages and Culture


Grants received from British Academy for organization of:

 - Nicolae Titulescu Symposium at SSEES in May 1982 (joint organizer)

 - Anglo-Bulgarian humanities conference at SSEES in July 1982 (joint organizer)

 - International Conference in honour of Professor Hugh Seton-Watson in July 1983 at SSEES (joint organizer)

 - Fourth British-Romanian Historical Colloquium in September 1984 at SSEES

 - British organizer of the Fifth British-Romanian historical conference sponsored by The British Academy and the Romanian Academy of Social and Political Sciences in September 1987 and held in Cluj, Romania

 - Organizer of Sixth British-Romanian Historical Colloquium in October 1990 at St Antony's College, Oxford

Grants received from Ford Foundation and British Academy:

 - for conference on 'Romanian - the shaping of an identity' held between 22-24 September 1992 in SSEES

Other Conferences

Joint organizer of Romanian Studies Day, SSEES, 26 April 1994

 Joint organizer of Romanian Studies Day, SSEES, 13 January 1995

 Joint organizer of Romanian Studies Day, SSEES, 29 March 1996

Joint organizer of Romanian Studies Day, SSEES, 24 February 1997

Organizer of Romanian Studies Day, SSEES, 13 May 2004

Organizer of British-Romanian Symposium to mark 125th anniversary of British-Romanian Diplomatic Relations, New Europe College, Bucharest, 4-5 April 2005

Joint organizer of Romanian-Moldovan Studies Group, funded jointly by University College, London and The Ratiu Foundation. Symposia held on 26 January and 11 May 2007.



1980-1984  Head of the Department of East European Languages

                    and Culture, SSEES

1996-2000    Head of the Department of East European Languages and

                   Culture, SSEES, University College (SSEES merged with

                    University College in summer 1999)

2006 (March-July) Acting Head of the Department of East European Languages and Culture, SSEES, University College



1981-89                     Treasurer of the International Association for Romanian Studies, based  

in Amsterdam

1982-2000      (Joint to 1993), Sole (from 1993-1997), Joint (from Oct. 1997-2000)

                        editor of  South-Eastern European Newsletter, published for UK


1984-93                     Member of the British National Committee of Association Internationale des Études sud-est européenes of UNESCO

Member of the British campaign committee 'Save Romanian Villages' which worked under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales from 1988 to 1990

1990-1999                               Member of the Advisory Board of British Government's Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe

1990-1993                               Romanian adviser to Voluntary Service Overseas East European Partnership

1992-1994                               Romanian adviser to Help Age International

2002- 2006                              Member of the Executive Board of the Romanian Institute for  Recent History (established in Bucharest by the Dutch Foreign Ministry)

2003-                                                                            Member of the Advisory Board of the Fund for Central and East European Book Projects, based in Amsterdam and funded by the European Union

2006-                                       Member of the Board of the Institute for the Study of

                                                 the Crimes of Communism, established by the

                                                 Romanian Government.



Co-organizer of British Book Appeal in aid of Central University Library in  Bucharest which assembled 400,000 volumes for despatch between January and April 1990. In addition 1,500 books were donated and sent to the library of the ‘A. I. Cuza' University of Iaşi , and to the Institute of History in Cluj.

CSCE (Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe) observer for Romanian parliamentary and presidential elections of May 1990 and September 1992, for local elections of February 1992.


OSCE observer in Romania for the parliamentary and presidential elections of November 1996, of November 2000, and of November/December 2005.

Adviser to Foreign Relations Committee of Moldavian Parliament on presentation of English-language material to international agencies including EC, Council of Europe, and United Nations, 1991-94

CSCE/OSCE non-governmental observer for the Moldovan Parliamentary Elections, Moldova, 25-28 February 1994, and March 1998

I initiated and helped to bring to fruition, in cooperation with Dr Ann Lane of the historical section of the FCO, the presentation of 43 volumes of Documents on British Foreign Policy, covering the years 1919-39, and 11 volumes of Documents on British Policy Overseas, from the years 1945-59 to the Nicolae Iorga Institute of History in Bucharest.  The volumes were the gift of the British Government and were handed over at a ceremony at the Institute on 28 July 1995 by His Excellency Mr Andrew Bache, HM Ambassador to Romania.



Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on 1 January 1995 for services to British-Romanian relations.

Awarded 'Ordinul pentru merit' with the rank of commander for services to Romanian democracy on 1 December 2000 by President Emil Constantinescu

Awarded honorary doctorate of ‘Lucian Blaga' University of Sibiu, 1996

Awarded honorary doctorate of ‘Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, 2001