Roma, Romani studies, ethnic and national minorities, political participation of the Roma, religiosity of the Roma, social mobility
Tomáš Hrustič is a senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (since 2009). He graduated in Ethnology and Religious Studies (2002) from the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava and spent a part of his PhD studies at University College London (2005). In addition, he is also active in the National Democratic Institute, where he led the Roma Political Participation Programme (2006–2017), and currently leads a programme focused on the promotion of religious freedom in Central Europe. He is the author of over forty scholarly studies and publications on topics related to the position of Roma in society, including, for example, co-editing (with T. Zachar Podolinská) the book “Black and White Worlds: Roma in Majority Society in Slovakia”. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities to the Council of Europe, elected on behalf of the Slovak Republic for the period 2022–2026.