- Distinguished Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- President's Professor, Parents Association Professor of the Year, and ASASU Centennial Professor, School of International Letters and Cultures
- Director, Central European Cultural Collaborative
- Visiting Professor, Institute for World Literature, Harvard University
- Honorary Consul General of Romania in Arizona
- Fellow, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Ileana Alexandra Orlich is a professor and Head of German, Romanian and Slavic Faculty in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly research and teaching focus primarily on comparative literature and cultural studies, religious and ethnic diversity and conflict, gender, politics, and theatre, with strong collaboration across traditional academic disciplines. As Director of Romanian Studies, she created a Romanian Minor in SILC. Since 1999 she has directed Arizona State University’s summer study abroad in Romania and Central Europe for undergraduate and graduate students from ASU and other US academic institutions. Her interdisciplinary research also addresses a range of social-ecological issues concerning sustainable programs in the new democratic countries of the former Soviet bloc. She was a Fulbright and a Fulbright Senior Professor in Romania, and the recipient of grants and awards from Romania's Cultural Institute, Romania's Writers' Union, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Orlich is a well known speaker at international conferences and symposia in China (Beijing, Shanghai), South Korea (Seoul), Czech Republic (Prague), Slovakia (Bratislava), Hungary (Budapest), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal), Italy (Trieste), France (Paris, Hyeres), Spain (Santiago de Compostela), the UK (London), Turkey (Istanbul), Bulgaria (Sophia), and Romania.
- PhD, Arizona State University
- MA, Arizona State University
- Diploma de Licenta, University of Bucharest
Orlich, I. A. 2013. Is there a woman in the text? The ghost of Mânjoală’s Inn. Philologia 3:33-42. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2013. Politics as comic-cum-tragic "Emplotment" in Moliière's Tartuffe. Romanian Performing Arts Journal 1(1):42-46.
Orlich, I. A. 2013. Reinventing Gogol's idylls in the Stalinst era. Cinematographic Art & Documentation 3(7):51-54. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2012. Slawomir Mrozek's tango: Communism as ideological no-exist. Cinematographic Art & Documentation 6(10):.
Orlich, I. A. 2011. Nikolay Gogol's THe Government Inspector: Stalinist aesthetics and subversive staging in the Soviet theatre. Cinematographic Art & Documentation 8:43-48. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2011. Sfarsitul unui nou veac in Bucuresti. Scrisul Romanesc 2(90):.
Orlich, I. A. 2011. The murder of Gonzago: Reading Shakespeare's Hamlet in comunist Bulgaria. Annals of Ovidius University Constanţa – the Philology Series 22(2):91-96. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2011. The political ghosts and idealogical phantasms of The Cherry Orchard: A sequel. Caietele Echinox 21:278-283. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2010. Communist totalitarianism in Solzhenitsyn’s fiction. Caietele Echinox 19:243-249. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2009. Ideas and sentiments of the time: Theorizing the twentieth-century Romanian literature. University of Bucharest Review: Literary and Cultural Studies Series 2:51-56. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2008. Understanding latent religious conflict: The case of frictions between the Greek Catholic and Orthodox Churches in Romania. East European Quarterly 42(4):405-417. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2012. Staging Stalinism in Post-Communism Romania Theatre. Casa Carth de Stiinta. ISBN: 978-6061701919.
Orlich, I. A. 2010. Avantgardism, Politics and the Limits of Interpretation in The (Ex)Centric Waste Land: Reading Gelu Naum’s Zenobia. Paideia Press. Bucharest. ISBN: 978-9735965983.
Orlich, I. A. 2010. Myth and Modernity in the Twentieth-Century Romanian Novel.. Columbia University Press. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0880336437.
Orlich, I. A. 2005. Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction. Columbia University Press. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0880335478.
Orlich, I. A. 2003. Silent Bodies: (Re)Discovering the Women of Romanian Short Fiction. Columbia University Press. ISBN: 978-0880334990.
Orlich, I. A. 2013. Incorporations: Styling women's identity and political oppression in the novels of Herta Muller. In: Mihaila, R., E. Oktapoda and N. Honicker eds., Gender Stuies in the Age of Globalization. Vol 1. Addleton Academic Publishers. ISBN: 9781935494270.
Orlich, I. A. 2012. Exile as political discourse in the novels of Herta Müller. In: Vranceanu, A. and A. Pagliardini eds., Migrazione e Patologie Dell‘ Humanitas Nella Letteratura Europea Contemporanea. Peter Lang GmbH. ISBN: 978-3631619070.
Orlich, I. A. 2012. Translating T. S. Eliot in communist Romania. In: Vasilescu, R. ed., Challenges in Translation: Space, Culture and Linguistic Identity. Addleton Academic Publishers. ISBN: 9781935494294.
Orlich, I. A. 2011. Modernism and the male world: The crisis of masculinity in The Bed of Procrustes. Pp. 281-298 In: Papadima, L., D. Damrosch and T. D'haen eds., The Canonical Debate Today: Crossing Disciplinary and Cultural Boundaries. Rodopi. ISBN: 978-9042032811.
Orlich, I. A. 2009. Adriana Bittel. In: Serafin, S. and V. D. Mihailovich eds., Twenty-First-Century Central and Eastern European Writers. Gale Research Inc. ISBN: 978-0787681715.
Orlich, I. A. 2009. Stefan Agopian. In: Serafin, S. and V. D. Mihailovich eds., Twenty-First-Century Central and Eastern European Writers. Gale Research Inc. ISBN: 978-0787681715.
Orlich, I. A. 2005. Mad voices in the forest: Caryl Churchill's configurations of women in The Mad Forest. In: Galajar, V. and D. Radulescu eds., Vampirettes, Wretches, and Amazons: Western Representations of East European Women. Vol 664. Columbia University Press. ISBN: 978-0880335522.
Orlich, I. A. 2000. Cultural legacies and limits of representation: Matei Visniec’s The Body of Woman as Battlefield in the Bosnian War. In: Mihaila, R. and R. Oltean eds., Transatlantic Dialogues: Eastern Europe, the U.S. and Post-Cold War Cultural Spaces. editura Universitatii din bucuresti. ISBN: 9789737376800.