- Distinguished Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- President's Professor of Romanian Studies an Compariative Literature, School of International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- 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 President’s Professor of Romanian studies and comparative literature in the School of International Letters and Cultures, head of the German, Romanian, and Slavic faculty and director of the Romanian and Central European Summer Study Program at Arizona State University. A senior sustainability scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Orlich is faculty affiliate in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Politics and Global Studies. She is ASU's Professor of the Year (2011) and Centennial Professor (2001).
Her publications, which comprise 10 monographs, more than 20 book translations with critical commentaries, numerous book chapters and more than 100 refereed articles, include: "Subversive Stages: Dramatic Transcreations in Pre- and Post-Communist Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian Theater" (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2016); "Staging Stalinism in Post-Communism Romanian Theatre" (2012); "Myth and Modernity in the Twentieth-Century Romanian Novel "(New York: Columbia University Press, 2009); "Articulating Gender, Narrating the Nation: Allegorical Femininity in Romanian Fiction" (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004); "Silent Bodies: (Re)Discovering the Women of Romanian Short Fiction" (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002).
She is a well-known speaker in China, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Canada, Italy, France, Spain, the UK, and Romania on cultural, political and gender relations, nationalism and ethnic conflict. Orlich has taught at state universities in Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia and in the Harvard summer Institute for World Literature at the Bilgi University in Istanbul. She was also involved with Harvard’s IWL's academic projects in Seoul, Shanghai, and Beijing (2010, 2011, 2012).
Orlich received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Literary Translation, was a Fulbright Professor in Romania and a Fulbright Senior Specialist grantee, and has also been the recipient of grant awards from Romania's Writers' Union, Romania's Cultural Institute, and Romania's Language Institute that opened a Romanian Language Lectureship in the School of International Letters and Cultures at ASU. She was awarded Romania's highest cultural distinction, Meritul Cultural al României, serves as Honorary Consul General of Romania in Arizona and is the chairwoman of the Consular Corps of Arizona’s Scholarship Committee.
Recent Press Coverage
Interviewed in Bucharest, Romania by the Washington-based host of Higher Education Steve Goodman, on the topic of ASU, the New University in July 5, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05HoQ3jj64s
- PhD, English and Comparative Literature, Arizona State University
- MA, English, Arizona State University
- Diploma de Licenta, English and Romanian Studies, University of Bucharest
- international relations
- civil society
- urban geography
- cultural studies
- sustainability in cinema and theater
- sustainability discourse
- humanities in sustainability
Orlich, I. A. 2018. Bringing the Romanian theatre to American universities: The plays of Mona Chirila at Arizona State University. Studia UBB Dramatica 63(2):99-110. DOI: 10.24193/subbdrama.2018.2.05. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2017. The cultural afterlives of DADA. Studia UBB Dramatica 62(1):109-122. DOI: :10.24193/subbdrama.2017.1.09. (link )
Orlich, I. A. 2016. Dadism as political installation and language for revolutionary imagination: The importance of being Tzara and Lenin. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai - Dramatica (1):69-82. (link )
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. 2012. Theatre and Theology in “Kiss Me”. Absinthe: New European Writing. Absinthe 21(18):.
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. 2004. Tom Stoppard's travesties and the politics of earnestness. East European Quarterly 38(3):. (link )
Akunin, B. 2018. To Kill a Serpent in the Shell. (Orlich, I. A., Trans.) Dalkey Archive Press. ISBN: 978-1628973204.
Orlich, I. A. 2017. Subversive Stages: Theater in Pre- and Post-Communist Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Central European University Press. Budapest, New York. ISBN: 978-963-386-116-5.
Varela, C. M. 2016. Interrogatorio en Elsinore. (Orlich, I. A., Trans.) Editura Euro Press.
Orlich, I. A. 2012. Staging Stalinism in Post-Communism Romania Theatre. Casa Carth de Stiinta. ISBN: 978-6061701919.
Zografi, V. 2011. Kiss Me. Confessions of a Bare-Footed Leper. (Orlich, I. A., Trans.) Bettie Youngs Book Publishers. ISBN: 978-1936332137.
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.
Akunin, B. 2008. Hamlet: A Version. (Orlich, I. A., Trans.) Europress Group. ISBN: 9786066680660.
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. Reading the politics of exile. Palgrave Handbook of European Migration in Literature and Culture. Palgraive.
Orlich, I. A. 2017. Introduction to Porn: Code name 'Porn': Political protest and spiritual redemption in Andras Visky's theatre. Pp. 201-210 In: Komporaly, J. ed., Andras Visky's Barrack Dramatrgy: Memories of the Body. Intellect. Bristol, UK/Chicago, USA. ISBN: 978-1-78320-732-9.
Orlich, I. A. 2017. Porn (original title: Porno): Production history. Pp. 271-278 In: Komporaly, J. ed., Andras Visky's Barrach Dramaturgy: Memories of the Body. Intellect. Bristol, UK/Chicago, USA. ISBN: 978-1-78320-732-9.
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.