ARCS Staff


Emil Nankov is the Director of the ARCS Summer Program in Archaeology. He has an MA in classical archaeology from Sofia University (1999) and a PhD in art history and archaeology from Cornell University (2009). His main scholarly interests focus on the archaeology of urbanization in the Hellenistic period. He has published articles on the archaeology and history of Ancient Thrace and Ancient Macedonia. He is the editor of Sandanski and Its Territory during Prehistory, Antiquity and Middle Ages. Current Trends in Archaeological Research. Proceedings of an International Conference at Sandanski, September 17-20, 2015. Papers of the American Research Center in Sofia, vol. 3, Veliko Tarnovo: Faber Publishers. He is also a co-editor of Heraclea Sintica: from Hellenistic polis to Roman civitas (4th c. BC-6th c. AD). Proceedings of a Conference at Petrich, Bulgaria, September 19-21, 2013, published in PARCS volume 2 (Sofia, 2015), and  A Companion to Ancient Thrace with Wiley-Blackwell (2015). He was an Organizer and Director of the ARCS Archaeological Field Schools at Heraclea Sintica (2012-2014) and currently at Parthicopolis (2015-present). Visit Emil's page.

Anton Kazakov is the Office Manager of the American Research Center in Sofia (2008). His work at the center is related to the maintenance of the building, local book-keeping and dealing with government organizations and local agencies. Another important task is to assist ARCS Fellows and visiting scholars with the necessary documentation during their stay. 

Nina Totcheva is a Chief Financial Consultant of the American Research Center in Sofia. She has worked for ARCS Inc., the US representative and sponsor of the ARCS Foundation, since 2012. She is in charge of controlling expenditures and obligations, receipting and internal and external reporting. She has a  Master's degree in Banking, Finance and Insurance from Paris-Dauphine University and a second Master's degree in Business Management from Paris-Sorbonne University. She had previously worked as an auditor, company manager and real estate specialist. 

Dilyana Ivanova is a Chief Administrative Consultant of the American Research Center in Sofia. Born in Rousse in 1976. She obtained her MA degree in Balkan Studies at the University of Veliko Turnovo “Saints Cyril and Methodius" in 2001. From 2002 to 2006 Ivanova worked as Curator at the Rousse Regional Museum of History, Modern History Department, doing research in the field of Ethnology of Socialism and Post-socialism. From 2009 until the summer of 2013, she worked in the Anthropology Department at The Field Museum in Chicago as assistant for the Bulgarian Archaeological Grant Program. Ivanova obtained her Ph.D. in December 2012 from the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.