Professor Dennis Deletant OBE

Professor Dennis Deletant OBE, Georgetown University

Award for Contribution to Romanian Studies

Dennis Deletant is Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is Emeritus Professor of Romanian Studies at University College, London, where he taught in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, between 1969 and 2011, and was Professor of Romanian Studies at the University of Amsterdam (on secondment from UCL) between 2003 and 2010.

He was appointed to the board of the British Government’s ‘Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe’ in 1990 and was actively involved in its work in Romania and in the Republic of Moldova until 1999 when the board was disbanded. For this service he was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1995. He was awarded ‘Ordinul pentru merit’ (Order of Merit) with the rank of commander for services to Romanian democracy on December 1, 2000, by President Emil Constantinescu. He was further awarded ‘The Star of Romania’, Romania’s highest civilian honor, by President Klaus Iohannis on October 26, 2016 for his activity in the promotion of Romanian history, language and culture.

Professor Deletant is the author of several monographs and volumes of studies on the recent history of Romania, among them Ceauşescu and the Securitate: Coercion and Dissent in Romania, 1965-89; Romania under Communist Rule,; Communist Terror in Romania: Gheorghiu-Dej and the Police State, 1948-65; Hitler’s Forgotten Ally. Ion Antonescu and his Regime, Romania, 1940-1944; and British Clandestine Activities in Romania during the Second World War. His most recent study, Romania under Communism: Paradox and Degeneration, is scheduled to appear next year.