The editor of this book, Dr. Elena Marushiakova, is chair of the Department of Balkan Ethnology at the Institute of Ethnography and Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She has a number of publications about Gypsies in Bulgaria, Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe. Her major publications (together with Vesselin Popov) include the first monographic research on history, ethnography, social structure and culture of the Gypsies in Bulgaria (1997) and book on Gypsies in Ottoman Empire (2000), book on servise nomadism of Gypsies in former USSR (2005). Both authors are publishing Series of Collections in field of Gypsy/Romani Studies “Studii Romani” (vol.1, 1994; vol. II, 1995; vol. III-IV, 1997; vol. V-VI, 1998, vol VI, 2007). Dr. Elena Marushiakova toghether with Dr. Vesselin Popov created Roma Heritage Museum Fund at National Ethnographical museum in Sofia (1995) and specialised Romani/Gypsy Studies Library with Archive (http://www.studiiromani.org) at the Institute of Ethnography and Museum at of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.