Prof. Dr. Ioan-Aurel Pop
Ioan-Aurel POP, historian and professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Department of Medieval and Early Modern History, Art History, and he is member of the Romanian Academy (in 2001, he was elected correspondent member, and he became full member in 2010).
After high school studies at ”Andrei Șaguna” National College in Brașov (as head of the class, 1974) and university studies at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of Cluj-Napoca, in history (as head of the class, 1979), he became a secondary school teacher, then assistant lecturer, associate professor and professor at the same department at the University of Cluj-Napoca. In 1989, he obtained his Ph.D. with a thesis dedicated to the history of Romanian institutions in Transylvania during the XIV-XVI centuries, for which he won, after publication, the ”George Bariţiu” award of the Romanian Academy (1991).
Ioan-Aurel Pop has been granted many national and international awards, the title Doctor Honoris Causa of the universities in Alba Iulia, Timișoara, Oradea, Cahul, Galați, Sibiu, Târgu Mureș, State University of Chișinău,”Ion Creangă” Pedagogical University of Chișinău. He has been elected, in March 2012 (reelected in 2016), rector of Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca and in March 2013 member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg (Austria). Since 1999, he is correspondent member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in Paris (France), and, since 2015, member of Virgilian National Academy of Mantova (Italy), but he is also member of various historical organizations with national and international prestige. Ioan-Aurel Pop served as director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (USA) and of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice (Italy). Moreover, since 1993, he is director of the Centre for Transylvanian Studies of the Romanian Academy. Ioan-Aurel POP is also author and co-author of over fifty (50) books, treatises and manuals, and over three hundred (300) studies and articles. Among his most recent publications we mention Istoria, adevărul și miturile, second edition, Editura Enciclopedică, 2014; Cultural Diffusion and Religious Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Transylvania. How the Jesuits Dealt with the Orthodox and Catholic Ideas, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2014, „De manibus Vallacorum scismaticorum…” Romanians and Power in the Mediaeval Kingdom of Hungary (The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries), Editura Peter Lang, 2013, as well as the volume Biserică, societate și cultură în Transilvania secolului al XVI-lea. Între acceptare și excludere, Editura Academiei Române, 2012.