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Julieta Rotaru is a philologist with a Degree in Classical Philology, University of Bucharest (1998), M.A. in Sanskrit language and literature, Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune, India (1998-2000). After training in Sanskrit language and literature at the University of New Delhi, in Hindi language and literature at the Central Institute of Hindi, Agra, India, in text editing at the University of Leiden, she obtained in 2008 a PhD in philology and very good rating, Summa cum laude, from the University of Bucharest (prof. dr. Lucia Wald), co-guardianship with Freie Universität zu Berlin (prof. dr. Harry Falk), with the thesis “A Survey of the Domestic Ritual in the Atharvaveda Tradition, According to the Inedited Text Samskāraratnamālā together with the Critical Edition with Translation and Notes” (in course of publication at Harvard University Press). Julieta Rotaru studied Romani for four years at the University of Bucharest, as well as in summer courses organized by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research. In 2005, Rotaru developed with her colleagues the BA syllabus for the Department of Romani, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Bucharest, where she taught from 2005 to 2016 as associate Lecturer. She is since 2017 Senior Researcher in Romani Studies at the Centre of Baltic and Eastern European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University. She is also working here as researcher in a project funded by the Östersjöstiftelsen (2018-2021) Mapping the Roma communities in 19th century Wallachia. She is assistant Editor of the Romani Studies, journal of the Gypsy Lore Society.
Her fields of research are Vedic and Sanskrit language and literature, Vedic and Hindu ritual, text editing, reflected in her articles and monographs published in journals: Asiatische Studien -Études Asiatiques, Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies, Indologica Taurinensia, Acta Orientalia Vilnensia, Classical Studies, Stvdia Asiatica etc, She works together with S.S. Bahulkar and Shilpa Sumant in the project of the new edition and translation of the only ritualistic manual of the Atharvaveda, a late Vedic text first published in 1890 by M. Bloomfield and only partially translated, from newly found manuscripts: v. “A new critical edition of the KauśikaSūtra, with Annotated translation.” in the Vedic Studies: Language, Texts, Culture, and Philosophy (Proceedings of the Fifteenth World Sanskrit Conference, Vedic Section, New Delhi, 7-12 January 2012), Hans Henrich Hock (ed.), New Delhi: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, DK Print World, 2013, p. 162-176. Julieta Rotaru edited several volumes, including Vedic Śākhās: Past, Present, Future.Proceedings of the Fifth International Vedic Workshop, Bucharest, 2011, Jan E.M. Houben, Julieta Rotaru and Michael Witzel (eds.), Harvard Oriental Series, Opera Minora 9, 2016, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
The other field of research in which Julieta Rotaru specialized and lately published is Romani studies, Romani language and history of Romanian Roms, in special. She published so far unedited folk material in Romani language from nineteenth century Romania in the volume Barbu Constantinescu. Cântece țigănești. Romané ghilea. Gypsy Songs; ed. critică, introducere, tabel cronologic, index şi bibliografie de Julieta Rotaru. Editura Muzeul Literaturii Române, București 2016, ISBN 978-973-167-383-7, reviewed by Kimmo Granqvist in Romani Studies. Continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, Series 5, 28, (1/2018): 150-154.
The editing work of the remaining manuscripts of Barbu Constantinescu is one of her ongoing projects. The first outcome of this is the publication of the census-like material collected by Barbu Constantinescu, which will be integrated in her volume Contribuții la istoria romilor din ţara românească în secolul al xix-lea[Contributions to the history of the Roms in Wallachia in the 19th century], volume submitted, peer reviewed and accepted for publication at the Romanian Academy Publishing House (to appear in December 2018). She published a monograph article on “Barbu Constantinescu, the first Romanian scholar of Romani studies”, Romani Studies. Continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, Series 5, 28 (1/2018): 41-78, and the research article “Aspects of Romani demographics in the 19th century Wallachia.” Baltic Worlds. A scholarly journal and news magazine. From the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) XI (1/2018): 28-44. She is the guest editor together with Kimmo Granqvist of the volume Romani studies in the Balkan area: Rots, barriers, & ways forward, an issue of the Baltic Worlds. A scholarly journal and news magazine. From the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) XI (1/2018).