Predominantly working in fields of folklore, comparative mythology and historical ethnography, my PhD research focuses on the role of peasant folklore in the building of nation-states and national and ethnic identity formation in South Eastern Europe. Focusing on a South Slavic mythological figure known as the vila, I am tracing the sociological and functional role she originally served in the lives of Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian peasants and how she became appropriated by intellectual and political figures between the middle of the 19th and 20th centuries and repurposed to serve new ends. I received my B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and McMaster University respectively.