Dr. Luminita Gatejel is a senior researcher at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg. She received her PhD from the University of Tübingen in 2010 and was a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
She has published extensively on the history of automobility, everyday life and consumption in the Eastern Bloc. Her first book is titled: Warten, hoffen und endlich fahren: Auto und Sozialismus in der Sowjetunion, in Rumänien und der DDR, 1956 – 1989/91 (Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2014). She is currently completing a book manuscript called Engineering the Lower Danube: Technology and Territoriality in an Imperial Borderland, late 18th and 19th Centuries.