Ana Chiritoiu

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My doctoral thesis is an ethnography of kinship (and) politics among a Roma population in a southern Romanian town. It explores the inequalities that encroach this group and that often come to define the Roma in relation to broader society, as well as the hierarchies that the Rom cultivate from within, and examines how these nested inequalities relate to the social reproduction of the Rom both materially and ideologically.

Before embarking on my doctoral research, I worked in the literary industry as a cultural journalist, editor, literary translator, and as an engaged researcher for a Roma-rights NGO in Bucharest.

As of 2019, 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.

Academic interests: political anthropology; kinship; law & morality; Romanies/Gypsies; Eastern Europe.


2020. Martor Journal Issue 25/2020: 'Marriage-Making among Roma in Central and Eastern Europe: Practices, Imaginaries, Economies' (Co-edited with Cătălina Tesăr)

2019. 'Of Bodies and Documents: A Reportage from a Transylvanian Village.' Irish Journal of Anthropology 22 (1), 170-183

2019 'The Convoluted Gender Policy Processes in Romania: Institutional Disarray and Activist Resilience.' In: Krizsan, Andrea and Conny Roggeband (editors): 'Gendering Democratic Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe. A comparative agenda'

2018 'Emotions and Procedures: Contradictions of Early Romani Activism in a Postconflict Intervention.' In: Beck, Sam and Ana Ivasiuc (editors): 'Roma Activism: Reimagining Power and Knowledge'

2013. It’s about us: 20 answers to the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" (Co-authored with Ana Ivasiuc). Unicef Romania. Bucharest: Oscar Print.


2013: MA, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU
2010: MA, Anthropology, National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest
2007: BA, Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest