Ana Chiritoiu is a PhD candidate working on kinship among Roma in a town in southwestern Romania. Her dissertation explores the role of antagonism in sociality, looking at how it plays out both in the distinctions between Roma and non-Roma, as well as in the relations between the Rom.
Ana got her BA from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, with a dissertation about popular culture in recent Romanian prose, and worked in the literary industry before turning to anthropology. For her first MA, she did fieldwork in a Turkish village in south-eastern Romania, documenting how ethnic belonging and cultural heritage are mobilized and performed in order to attract various forms of aid from Turkey, Muslim organizations, the state, and the EU, ranging from food donations to the restoration of mosques. For her second MA, she 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.