Originally from Bulgaria, Elena Marushiakova is a professor at the University of St. Andrews, and principal investigator for the RomaInterbellum project (funded by the European Research Council). She is a leading scholar in Romani Studies, as well as one of the people who have fought for its inclusion as an academic field. After obtaining her doctorate from Comenius University, Bratislava, with the pioneering thesis Contemporary Ethnocultural Processes among Several Gypsy Groups in Slovakia, she has worked as a professor at several European universities, including the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Leipzig.
Elena Marushiakova has numerous points of contact with Södertörn University. She co-founded the Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies (NAIRS) in 2016 and is a member of its board; this network is now coordinated by CBEES at Södertörn University. As head of the Gypsy Lore Society, she contributed to its annual conference being hosted by Södertörn University in 2016. The editorial board of the Romani Studies, the journal published by the Gypsy Lore Society, has moved to the university’s CBEES research centre.