BiographyI graduated in philology in 1975 and worked for several months as a teacher. Since 1976, I have worked as research fellow and senior research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies in Sofia (previously, the Institute of Folklore; and the Ethnographic Institute); since 2002 at the New Bulgarian University - Sofia; since 2011 at the South-Western University of Blagoevgrad. I am a PHD in philology (1990); and Doctor Habil. in history (2001). Associate professor since 1991; full professor since 2003. Mother of two and a grand mother.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Anthropology of socialism and post-socialism, including studies of clientelism and corruption; kinship and friendship; anthropology of religion (Orthodox Christianity in Russia, Bulgaria and Estonia; Pentecostal churches in Bulgaria; new-age phenomena in Bulgaria); culture of the Muslims in Bulgaria; folklore studies; history of ethnology and folklore studies in Bulgaria.
I am a devoted fan of theater; I am interested in the history of fine arts and visited almost all largest (and some smaller) art galleries and museums of the world. I love swimming. Love literature for children and plan to publish books for children in the future.