Born and raised in Romania, Oana now lives in Zagreb, Croatia. After earning her master’s degree in peace studies at the Kroc Institute, she earned a Ph.D. in history and international relations from the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.
“I have always been interested in international affairs,” Oana said. “But it was at the Kroc Institute that I became excited about the idea of a career in diplomacy.”
“When you’re an ambassador you don’t just deal with bilateral relations between two countries,” she said. “You deal with issues that involve entire regions, third parties, and international organizations. You need to discuss many topics knowledgeably. The Kroc Institute helped me learn to accumulate large amounts of information in a short period of time.”
In 2006, Oana returned to Notre Dame to receive the Kroc Institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Renée LaReau, October 2008