In 2001 I obtained my Master's Degree in Balkan Studies from the University of Veliko Turnovo "Saints Cyril and Methodious", Bulgaria. The focus of my current work is the ethnology of socialism and post-socialism in Bulgaria, and I work mainly with oral stories and biographies. I obtained my Ph.D. on December 19, 2012 in Sofia at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. My dissertation is entitled, “Biographic Narratives of Everyday Life in a Socialist Town: A Case Study of Rousse, Bulgaria." The work explores narratives containing memories of everyday life in Rousse during socialism, and it creates an oral history profile of the town during the same period. It brings together different life experiences and assessments of the past and achieves a synthesis of the epoch, and it also challenges the poles of acceptance or rejection of the socialist past.
Since 2009 I have been working as the Administrative Assistant for the "The America for Bulgaria Foundation Archaeological & Anthropological Program" (ABF AAP) in the Anthropology Department at The Field Museum in Chicago. I assist Dr. William Parkinson with the organization, implementation, and management of grants that aim at developing archaeological research and museum enhancement in Bulgaria. Along with the work for ABF, I also perform general administrative tasks for the main office in the Anthropology Department.
Ph.D., Ethnology, 2012, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Dissertation Title: Biographic Narratives of Everyday Life in a Socialist Town: A Case Study of Rousse, Bulgaria.
MA, Balkan Studies, 2001, University of Veliko Turnovo “St. St. Cyril & Methodius”, Bulgaria.
Thesis title: The Hair, the Beard and the Moustache as signs in Bulgarian Folklore Culture
US Equivalent - BA in Secondary Education with a Major in Teaching History; MA in Education with a Major in Teaching History
2009- Present The America for Bulgaria Foundation Archaeological & Anthropological Program, The Field Museum - Administrative Assistant
2007-2008 Cultural Connection Program, Field Museum, Chicago, IL – Administrative Volunteer
2006-Present Bulgarian Museum – Chicago Association, Chicago, IL, - Educational Outreach
2004-2006 Ruse Regional Museum of History, Bulgaria, Modern History Department – Curator
2002-2004 Ruse Regional Museum of History, Bulgaria. Archaeology Department – Open Air Exhibition Roman Castle “Sexsaginta Prista” - 69 -79 C.E. - Curator
1997-2002 Ruse Regional Museum of History, Bulgaria. Volunteer - Ethnographer