I am a PhD candidate working on an ethnography of kinship politics among Roma in a southern Romanian town. My doctoral research explores the various inequalities that encroach the Rom in relation to broader society, as well as the hierarchies that they cultivate from within. My thesis examines the practices and moralities that underwrite the persistence of unequal and unfree social arrangements, and argues that hierarchy and enmity are constitutive, rather than disruptive, of the social.
I received my BA from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest in 2007, with a dissertation about popular culture in recent Romanian prose. Before turning to anthropology I worked in the literary industry as a cultural journalist and literary translator. For my first MA, finished in 2010, I did research in a Turkish village in south-eastern Romania, documenting how ethnic belonging and cultural heritage are mobilized in order to attract diverse forms of aid, ranging from food to the restoration of mosques. I then worked for a couple of years as an engaged researcher for a Roma-rights NGO in Bucharest. For my second MA, received in 2013 from CEU, I conducted research in a village in Transylvania on the aftermath of an ethnic conflict described as the pinnacle of anti-Roma violence in postsocialist Romania, and contrasted the activist understandings of the case with its vernacular renditions.
As of 2018, I am an editor of Anthropology Matters Journal, the postgraduate open-access peer-reviewed publication of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth.