Dr. Andrei Cusco (b. 1982, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova) holds an MA (2002) and a Ph.D. degree (2008) from the Department of History of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. His research interests focus on modern East European history, comparative history of the Eurasian empires, intellectual history and historiography. For a number of years, he has been working on issues related to Bessarabia’s symbolic geography, the competing Russian and Romanian visions of this contested region in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century, as well as on broader issues of Russian and Romanian intellectual history. During the academic year 2006-2007 he was a Fellow of the New Europe College in Bucharest. From September 2008, he was a Lecturer at the Department of History and Geography of the “Ion Creangă” State Pedagogical University in Chișinău. From September 2016 he is an Associate Professor at the same department. Between September 2015 and January 2016 Dr. Cusco was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Department of History, University of Maryland (College Park). Dr. Cusco’s first major publication is a book on the history of Bessarabia as a borderland of the Russian Empire (Bessarabia as a Part of the Russian Empire, 1812-1917), co-authored with Victor Taki and published at the Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie Press (Moscow) in 2012. He has also co-edited a volume on Romania and its neighbors during the early phase of World War I (Flavius Solomon, Andrei Cușco, Mihai-Ștefan Ceaușu, eds. România și statele vecine la începutul Primului Război Mondial: Viziuni, percepții, interpretări [Romania and the Neihghboring States in the Early Phase of World War I: Visions, Perceptions, Interpretations]. Iași: ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Press, 2016). His second book – A Contested Borderland: Competing Russian and Romanian Visions of Bessarabia in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century – was published at the CEU Press in October 2017.