I am a PhD candidate working on an ethnography of kinship, hierarchy, and enmity among Roma in a Romanian town. My doctoral research explores the various inequalities that encroach the Rom in relation to broader society, as well as those that they cultivate from within. Through an examination of the practices and moralities that underwrite the persistence of such unequal and unfree social arrangements, my dissertation seeks to account not only for what inequality does against the people whose lives it governs, but also to show what it does for them, and with that it goes on to argue 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, and 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, from various sources. For my second MA, received in 2013 from CEU, I did research in a village in Transylvania, and investigated the aftermath of an ethnic conflict described as the pinnacle of anti-Roma violence in postsocialist Romania, in order to contrast the activist understandings of the case with its vernacular renditions.