Theodor Paleologu

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Paleologu in 2014

Theodor Paleologu (Romanian pronunciation: [teˈodor ˌpale.oˈloɡu]; born July 15, 1973) is a Romanian historian, diplomat and politician. An independent who was formerly a member of the National Liberal Party (PNL), the People's Movement Party (PMP) and the Democratic Liberal Party (PD-L), he was a member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies for Bucharest from 2008 to 2016. Additionally, in the first two Emil Boc cabinets, from December 2008 to December 2009 he was Minister of Culture, Religious Affairs and Cultural Heritage.


The son of Olimpia and Alexandru Paleologu, he was born in Bucharest and completed secondary studies at the city's German High School.[1] He then attended University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne from 1992 to 1998, where he obtained undergraduate and master's degrees in Philosophy. He also attended the École Normale Supérieure from 1996 to 2001, and from 1998 to 2001, worked on a doctorate in political sciences at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He was a lecturer at Boston College from 1999 to 2000, a visiting professor at Deep Springs College in 2003, and a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame (2001–2002), New York University (2002), Harvard University (2002–2003) and the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin (2005). He was an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen in 2007 and 2008, and since 2003 has been assistant professor and director of the summer university at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. Between 2005 and 2008, he served as Romania's ambassador to Denmark and Iceland;[2] he resigned from the office in order to pursue his successful parliamentary campaign.[3]

In the Chamber, he sits on the Arts, Culture and Mass Media Committee.[4] As minister, his top priority was the preservation of Romania's historic monuments.[5][6] His ministerial term ended when he was not reappointed to a new cabinet under Boc at the end of 2009.[7] At the 2012 local election, he ran for mayor of Bucharest's Sector 1, finishing second with 14.1% of the vote.[8] Running in the legislative election later that year, he placed second in his district, but won another term through the redistribution mechanism specified by the electoral law.[9] In February 2014, he followed Elena Udrea in resigning from the PD-L and joining the People's Movement Party (PMP).[10] A year later, he entered the National Liberal Party (PNL), proclaiming that the PMP had degenerated into a "total fiasco".[11] In June 2016, the PNL expelled him after criticizing the leadership for its disrespect toward Save Bucharest Union leader Nicușor Dan.[12] Paleologu ran as an independent in the December election and won some 8000 votes, well short of the approximately 25,000 needed to capture a seat.[13]

He has written two books, one on Carl Schmitt (2004) and one on the year 2004 in Romanian politics (2005).[2] In 2013, he began holding private courses on the humanities and diplomacy in his family home.[14] He was married to Sarah Nassif, a French opera singer of Lebanese origin.[15] The two are divorced and have one son, Mihail.[5][16]


  1. ^ (Romanian) About Me, retrieved March 3, 2009
  2. ^ a b (Romanian) Profile at the Romanian Government site, retrieved March 3, 2009
  3. ^ (Romanian) "Theodor Paleologu - biografie" ("Theodor Paleologu - Biography"), Adevărul, 18 December 2008, retrieved March 3, 2009
  4. ^ (Romanian) Profile at the Romanian Chamber of Deputies site, retrieved March 3, 2009
  5. ^ a b (Romanian) Cezar Paul-Bădescu, "Theodor Paleologu, ministrul Culturii: 'Duc o luptă de gherilă în domeniul patrimoniului'" ("Theodor Paleologu, Minister of Culture: 'I Am Leading a Guerrilla Fight in the Cultural Heritage Field'", Adevărul, 3 February 2009, retrieved March 3, 2009
  6. ^ (Romanian) "Paleologu spune că va îmbunătăţi legislaţia pentru protejarea patrimoniului naţional" ("Paleologu Says He Will Improve Legislation for Protecting the Nation's Cultural Heritage"), Adevărul, 23 January 2009, retrieved March 3, 2009
  7. ^ (Romanian) Monica Iordache Apostol, "Guvernul Boc, zero barat" ("Boc Government, Total Zero"), Jurnalul Naţional, 31 August 2010; retrieved September 4, 2010
  8. ^ (Romanian) "Chiliman a obţinut un nou mandat" ("Chiliman Wins New Term"), România Liberă, 11 June 2012; retrieved June 13, 2012
  9. ^ (Romanian) Carmen Vintilă, "Cine câștigă la loteria redistribuirii: Blaga, Anastase, Udrea, Boagiu, Stănișoară" ("Who Wins the Redistribution Lottery: Blaga, Anastase, Udrea, Boagiu, Stănișoară"), Evenimentul Zilei, 11 December 2012; retrieved December 11, 2012
  10. ^ (Romanian) "Theodor Paleologu a demisionat din PDL pentru a se alătura PMP" ("Theodor Paleologu Resigns from PDL in order to Join PMP"), România Liberă, 3 February 2014; retrieved April 2, 2014
  11. ^ (Romanian) "Theodor Paleologu trece la PNL" ("Theodor Paleologu Switches to PNL"), 22, 4 February 2014; retrieved June 15, 2016
  12. ^ (Romanian) Cătălina Mănoiu, "Conducerea PNL a decis să îi excludă din partid pe Theodor Paleologu şi Cristian Bodea" ("PNL Leadership Decides to Expel Theodor Paleologu and Cristian Bodea"), Mediafax, 15 June 2016; retrieved June 15, 2016
  13. ^ (Romanian) Iulia Iancu, "Elena Udrea, Remus Cernea şi Theodor Paleologu au pierdut alegerile parlamentare" ("Elena Udrea, Remus Cernea and Theodor Paleologu Lose Parliamentary Elections"), România Liberă, 12 December 2016; accessed 13 December 2016
  14. ^ (Romanian) "Theodor Paleologu predă cursuri de 'Understanding Romanian Mentality', la domiciliu" ("Theodor Paleologu Teaches Courses on 'Understanding Romanian Mentality', at Home"), Jurnalul Naţional, 4 December 2012; retrieved April 2, 2014
  15. ^ (Romanian) "Paleologu jr. - amintirile unui tânăr ambasador" ("Paleologu, Jr. - Memories of a Young Ambassador"), Evenimentul Zilei, 21 May 2006, retrieved March 3, 2009
  16. ^ (Romanian) "Paleologu: 'Să te ferească Dumnezeu de furia mielului'" ("Paleologu: 'May God Protect You from the Lamb's Wrath'", Evenimentul Zilei, 27 January 2009, retrieved April 2, 2014