Milena Katsarska lectures in American Studies at Plovdiv University, Bulgaria. She was born in Plovdiv, grew up in the former Soviet Union, graduated from the University of Sofia in English Studies and got her second MA degree in Culture Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She's been involved in a number of international educational projects and networks, among them the Civic Education Project (OSF), the Helpdesk for Intercultural Evaluation of Learning Materials (British Council), the Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange in Bulgaria. She was the evaluator of the first Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life "Syncretic Societies – Bridging Traditions and Modernity" in 2013 and assisted Margaret Angucia in evaluating the second BSSRPL "Conversion and the Boundaries of Community" in 2015. Milena's academic interests and publications are in the areas of culture studies, as well as history, sociology and politics of institutional academic spaces and subject areas in relation to English and American studies in Bulgaria. Her most recent publication is the upcoming co-authored book Usurping Suicide: the Political Resonances of Individual Deaths (Zed Books, 2017).