Igor Cașu

Guest Speaker

Director, National Agency for Archives; Lecturer, State University of Moldova

Areas of Expertise


Igor Cașu is the director of Moldova's 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 its Hoover Institution, giving talks on postwar famine at Toronto University, Yale, Harvard, and Stanford. He defended his Ph.D. at Jassy University in Romania in 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, Vol. 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.