Ovidiu Iudean (project leader) is a researcher at the Centre for Population Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Since obtaining his PhD (2013), he has been a member of five team projects, and has lead two individual research grants. His areas of interest lie in the political and social history of Dualist Hungary, with a particular focus on the history of parliamentarianism, the history of elite formation, and the history of nation-building strategies. He has authored and edited several volumes, most recently on the high clergy in the House of Magnates of the Hungarian Parliament, and published various articles on nation-building, local elites, and parliamentary elites in Dualist Hungary.
Luminița Dumănescu (experienced researcher) is a senior researcher at the Centre for Population Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, and has been a member of numerous research grants in the fields of social history and historical demography. Luminița Dumănescu was also one of the managers of the Historical Population Database of Transylvania project, financed by a SEE Grant at the Centre for Population Studies between 2013 and 2016. Her research concentrates on the history of the childhood in nineteenth and twentieth-century Transylvania and is informed by a historical and cultural anthropological perspective. She has also published widely on the history of the family in interwar and communist Romania. Her authored and edited volumes include works on intermarriage and more recently, a prize-winning survey of the historical demographic underpinnings of Romania’s development after 1948, which received the title ”Best book written on communism in 2017” .
Nicoleta Hegedűs (postdoctoral researcher) is a researcher at the Centre for Population Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, and has been a member of several research grants in the fields of social and political history of Transylvania during modernity, focusing primarily on the history of the imaginary, attitudes, and mentalities. She has also been part of the Historical Population Database of Transylvania, and has worked on various other grants which had a historical database component. She has published on imagology and national imagery in nineteenth century Transylvania, as well as on various social-professional categories, such as the Jewish students of the Ludovica academy.
Andreea Dăncilă-Ineoan (postdoctoral researcher) is a researcher Centre for Population Studies, at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. She has been a member of several research grants focusing on the political and social history of modern Transylvania and Dualist Hungary.
Oana Sorescu-Iudean (doctoral researcher) is an assistant researcher at the Centre for Population Studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. She has recently completed her PhD at the Graduate School for East and South-East European Studies, at the University of Regensburg & the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Since 2015, she has been part of four UEFISCDI-funded team projects, three of which had a digital history component. She has also collaborated with the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg on a project dealing with material culture in early modern probate records in German-speaking Transylvania. With Angela Lumezeanu, a researcher and software developer at the Centre for Population Studies, she has helped create the first digital infrastructure for the study of property transmission and management in Transylvania, the Probate Database of Transylvania. Her interests lie broadly in the fields of economic and social history of East Central Europe, particularly on the study of long-term institutional development and historical inequalities. She has co-authored a study on historical development and age at first marriage in modern Transylvania and a paper on civil society and the Romanian women’s movement in the same area (forthcoming 2021).
Edina Gál, (doctoral researcher) is a Ph.D. student at the Babeș-Bolyai University. She is interested in the history of orphanages and child protection in Transylvania, Banat and Eastern Hungary during Dualism and the interwar period. Her research focuses on the nationalist agenda related to child welfare. She has published several studies about the institutional history of orphanages and coping with loss after epidemics. Between 2017-2019 she has been part of a research group focusing on the change and continuity of the civil servants’ corps in Transylvania.