Igor Cașu

Guest Speaker

Director of the National Agency for Archives and a Lecturer at the State University of Moldova

Areas of Expertise


Igor Cașu is the director of the National Agency for Archives(since April 2022), and a Lecturer at the State University of Moldova, Chișinău, since 1998. In 2016, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University and Hoover, giving talks on postwar famine at Toronto University, Yale, Harvard, andStanford. He defended his Ph.D. at Jassy University in Romaniain 2000, on Soviet Nationalities Policy in the Moldavian SSR, 1944-89. In 2010, he was deputy chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of the Communist Totalitarian Regime in Moldova. In 2014 he published, in Romanian, a book entitled The Class Enemy. Political Repressions, Violence and Resistance in Soviet Moldavia, 1924-56, based on party, KGB and MVD archives. His recent publications include “The Benefits of Comparison: Famine in Kazakhstan in the Early 1930s in Soviet Context”, in Journal of Genocide Research, Volume 22, issue 3, 2020, and “Do Starving People Rebel? Hunger Riots as Bab’y Bunty in Spring 1946 Soviet Moldavia”,in New Europe College’s Yearbook (Bucharest), 2020 and “Police vs. Party? Institutional Hierarchies and Agency in Soviet Moldavia, 1944-1952”, in Contemporary European History, vol. 32, no. 1, 2022. He is working on a book on the postwar famine in Soviet Moldavia in the European context, 1946-47.