Alexandra Ana


Alexandra Ana



A current PhD candidate in Political Sciences and Sociology, I have received an Advanced Master Degree in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Construction from Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Université Saint-Louis, Brussels, with a thesis on “The role of social movements in the build-up process of a European identity. Towards a European public sphere”.

Previously, I did an Advanced Master in Human Rights from Academie Universitaire de Louvain and a MA in Political Sciences from Université Libre de Bruxelles. For the latter, the dissertation thesis explored “The role of the feminist movement during the winter 2012 mobilizations in Romania.

I studied Politics, Gender and Minorities (MA) at the National School of Administration and Political Sciences in Bucharest, where I have also received my BA in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations and European Studies. At Université de Paris X, Nanterre I studied Law and Political Sciences.

During my studies I have done various internships – European Parliament, EIR, Comenius and volunteered in many organizations – Vote Watch Europe, Filia, Front. I have engaged in trainings at international level on human trafficking, gender violence, youth violence, extremism, Islam and, multiculturalism and participated at summer schools in European studies and political science in Paris and Budapest.

My current research interests concentrate on social movements in comparative perspective, feminist movements, the political economy and cultural sociology of protests, the Europeanization of social movements, post-transition and resistance in Central and Eastern Europe, feminist perspectives on power, cyberprotest and new media, global and local inequalities, social justice.


Research project: Beyond NGOization: street feminism and social movements’ collective identity in Central and Eastern Europe

The goals of the research projects are:

1.To explain the build-up process of collective identity through the interaction of social movements and actors, while contributing to its operationalization;

2.To deepen the knowledge regarding the political relevance of collective identity and power as constitutive for social movements wherein actors draw their legitimacy to make claims and act collectively;

3.To develop the political and social analysis of contemporary feminist movements, acknowledging their diversity, without overestimating their differences;

4.To advance a comprehensive model explaining the social, economic and political relations that generate mobilizing identities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) by retracing the historical construction of naturalized identities and the domestic circumstances that politicize identity claims.

To do so, the project examines the build-up processes of collective identity of social movements in CEE countries based on cases of domestic feminist groups. It focuses on the emergent street feminism and the more established NGOized feminism. The construction process of collective identity is examined at two levels. First, the research investigates the changes inside feminist groups in a comparative perspective. During the second stage, the project examines when and how collective identity is generated before and through political action and protest, postulating that the feminist movement collective identity is dynamically shaped by the interactions between social movements and actors at four embedded levels: within, between, state and global. The within level consists of collective identity construction through interactions inside the feminist movement, between individuals and groups, institutionalized or not, affiliated to professional organizations or rather to less-structured informal groups. The between level refers to identities being modeled by the interaction between the feminist movement community with other social movement organizations. The state level consists of identities constructed around state and society, marking the goal of changing institutionalized patterns of cultural values that construct and maintain certain groups subordinated. The focus is on the interactions with state institutions, and the collisions with counter-movements. Finally, the global level refers to collective identity as shaped through interactions with transnational social movements and the global feminist community, where Europeanization constitutes a key variable.


Publications – book review:

Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom) of the Council for European Studies (CES): Beyond NGO-ization: The Development of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe by Kerstin Jacobson and Steven Saxonberg (eds.), Farnham, Ashgate Publishing, 2013