My Life as a Spy

Monday, March 11, 2019
2:50 pm
Upham Hall 002

In 1973 Verdery began her doctoral fieldwork in the Transylvanian region of Romania, ruled at the time by communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. She returned several times over the next twenty-five years, during which time the secret police—the Securitate—compiled a massive surveillance file on her. Reading through its 2,781 pages, she learned that she was "actually" a spy, a CIA agent, a Hungarian agitator, and a friend of dissidents: in short, an enemy of Romania.

Sponsored by the Havighust Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

Katherine Verdery
Katherine Verdery
Professor, City University of New York