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. in December 2012 from the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. 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 presents an oral history profile of the town. By bringing together different life experiences and assessments of the past, it achieves a synthesis of the epoch and challenges the poles of acceptance or rejection of the socialist past.
From 2009 until the summer of 2013, I worked in the Anthropology Department at The Field Museum in Chicago as the Administrative Assistant for the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) Archaeological & Anthropological Grant Opportunities in Bulgaria (AAGOB) program. I assisted Dr. William Parkinson with the organization, implementation, and management of grants that aim to develop archaeological research and museum enhancement in Bulgaria. Along with these responsibilities for ABF, I also performed general administrative tasks for the main office in the Anthropology Department.
On August 15, 2013, I became the new Administrator of the US office of the American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS). ARCS is a non-profit research organization, consisting of a consortium of US-based institutions of higher learning that are dedicated to training graduate students and facilitating scholarly communication between North America, Bulgaria, and the neighboring region. My administrative responsibilities include overseeing the financial operations of the US office, preparing grants and reports, managing public relations and human resources, communicating with representatives of member institutions, organizing events, fundraising, and providing assistance to the Board of Trustees.
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
2013-Present US Office of the American Research Center in Sofia - Administrator
2009- 2013 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