He is presently the Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore (Bucharest) and has been at the Institute since 1967. He is also Associate Professor since 1991 at the University of Bucharest where he lectures in Ethnography-Folklore in the department of Sociology and Social Assistance. His Ph.D. was awarded in Geography at the University of Bucharest in 1978. His main fields of interest are customs and feasts, mythology, the ethnology of habitation, ethnographical cartography, and the taxonomy of popular culture. He is widely published in these fields including one hundred scientific studies, The National Atlas of Geography, and Days and Myths: Calendar of the Romanian Peasant 2000.
Dr. Alina Ciobanel
She is senior researcher since 1991 at the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore (Bucharest) which she joined in 1972. She was Associate researcher at the University of California (Berkeley) as a Fulbright Scholar in 1991; and between 1992 and 1995 co-managed a project on social urban patterns supported by the Romanian Academy and The Mission of Ethnological Patrimony of France. She is a Member of the Romanian Society of Anthropology, the Romanian Society of Cultural Anthropology, and the Balkan Society of Anthropology. Her main fields of interest are rural and urban kinship, identity and ethnicity (patterns), rural and urban settlements, and folk art. She is widely published in these fields.