Graduate Student Directory

Stefania Cotei
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, History of Consciousness
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness

Research Interests

Roma studies, biopolitics, nationalism studies, feminist theory, anthropology, ethnography, Eastern European studies, psychoanalysis, affect theory, critical theory, critical race and ethnic studies, race and capitalism.

Biography, Education and Training

Stefania Cotei is a PhD student in the History of Consciousness Department. Her research focuses on Romani populations in Europe, and the political, economic, and social transformations of postsocialist states. Her work draws on critical theory, feminist theory, and political philosophy to address biopolitics, nationalism studies, and critical race and ethnic studies. Her research brings together ethnographic, psychoanalytic, and archival approaches. 


Stefania holds an MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Bern, during which she used authoethnography and embodied experiences to explore race, gender, and implicated subjectivities amongst white and Romani populations in Transylvania. She is also the co-creator of Autocorrect, a Romanian language podcast that engages artists, scholars, and writers into open dialogue about intersecting power dynamics in Romania.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz 2022-2027

ERASMUS Award, University of Bern 2020-2021 

Fulbright Fellowship 2019-2020


Selected Publications

Problema Românului Alb.” In Scena 9, January 7, 2022.