Aleksandar has many and diverse academic and non-academic interests but one of them proves to be prevailing and it revolves around the field of Romani Studies. His foray into academia started in Engineering Physics (which proved to be an outstandingly poor attempt). After realising his interests (and skill set) did not lie in engineering, Aleksandar pursued a Political Science - major (BA) and Spanish –minor, International Relations (MA) and Geography – PhD. Being a Roma himself, Aleksandar’s research interests evolved naturally and he has focused on the Roma and specifically issues relating to their “identity”, migration and culture.
Aleksandar has been a ‘traveller’ and has been living away since his High School graduation in his birthplace Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been travelling for the purpose of studies and work which is not atypical for most people in today’s age. As Zygmunt Bauman (1925 – 2017) has put it, we need to be mobile in today’s ‘liquid modernity’ in order to survive and Aleksandar’s most recent travels has brought him to St Andrews where he is a research fellow in Romani Studies.
Aleksandar has obtained his BA honours with distinction in Political Science (major) and Spanish (minor) from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA; His MA is in International Relations from London Metropolitan University and his PhD research is the culmination of his own personal and academic enquiry which studied the relationship between migration and his Romani identity. He got his PhD degree in 2016 from Swansea University, Wales, in Human Geography.
Aleksandar is a research fellow in the project ‘Roma Interbellum – Roma Civic Emancipation Between the Two World Wars’