Country of residence

United States

Brief introduction

Nowlin Regents Professor of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin Director, The Romani Archives and Documentation Center Commissioner, State Holocaust and Genocide Commission


PhD, London University, Oriental &African Langs., 1971 PhD, Umeå University, honoris causa, 2005 PhD, Constantine University, honoris causa, 2010

Academic profile

Two areas: Sociolinguistic origin and spread of the Atlantic anglophone creoles Sociolinguistic history of the Romani language


  • We Are the Romani People: Ame Sam e Rromane Džene.  Commissioned by the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) and published in 2002  by The University of Hertfordshire Press.
  • A Handbook of Vlax Romani.  Slavica, Inc., Columbus, 1995.
  • The Pariah Syndrome: An account of Gypsy Slavery and Persecution.  Ann Arbor: Karoma Publishers, 1987.  Second edition, 1988.  Second printing of second edition, 1990.  Widely reviewed, inc. in the New York Times.


Roma(ni); ethnicity; language; culture; creole

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