Viorel ACHIM  

Country of residence


Brief introduction

Senior Researcher, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History


Ph.D., History, Romanian Academy (2003)

Academic profile

One of my research fields is the history of the Gypsies (Roma) in Romania and South-Eastern Europe since the 14th century until now. My interest war oriented especially towards the study of phenomena and long-term processes such as slavery, policies towards Gypsies in particular periods of time, persecution, inter-ethnic relations, assimilation etc. I have written extensively about the deportation of Gypsies to Transnistria in the years 1942-1944. During the 1999/2000 academic year, I taught a cours and a seminar at the University of Bucharest on “The History of the Gypsies in South-Eastern Europe”. The course was repeated at the Ovidius University in Constanţa, in the Summer Semester 2004/2005. In 2007, I organized in the Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, in Bucharest, a small research team which studies the slavery and the emancipation of Gypsies in Walachia and Moldavia. The team has published so far books and studies on this topic and other publications are forthcoming.


  • The Roma in Romanian History. Budapest-New York: Central European University Press, 2004;
  • Documente privind deportarea ţiganilor în Transnistria [Documents Concerning the Deportation of Gypsies to Transnistria], 2 vols. Edited by Viorel Achim. Bucharest: Editura Enciclopedică, 2004;
  • Legile de dezrobire a ţiganilor. 1831-1864 [The Laws for the Emancipation of Gypsies from Slavery]. Edited by Viorel Achim. Bucharest: Editura Academiei Române (forthcoming December 2011).


Gypsies (Roma), history, slavery, persecution, inter-ethnic relations

Contact browse members list