Vlad Pașca is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Bucharest, with a thesis on decision making regarding socialist Romania’s five-year economic plan of 1971-1975. He is also a B.A. (2009) and a M.A. (2011) in History at the same University. As a junior fellow at the Centre for Administrative, Cultural and Economic Studies (University of Bucharest) he has been taking part since 2012 in the quantitative research of higher education in Romania during communism. In August 2014 – August 2015 he has been granted a doctoral POSDRU scholarship by the Romanian Academy. His main areas of research include the sociology of communist systems, the economic history of East-South relations, the social history of education and labor under authoritarian regimes.