Angela Rodel

Trustee, Executive Director of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission

Angela Rodel is a professional literary translator living and working in Bulgaria. She holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. from UCLA in linguistics. Ms. Rodel is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, who first came to Bulgaria in 1996 to study language and folk music at Sofia University. Her studies gave her a solid grasp of Bulgarian language and culture, an experience which deeply informed her graduate studies in linguistics and ethnomusicology in the United States. In 2004, Angela received a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to study Bulgarian folk music at the Academy of Music, Dance and Visual Arts in Plovdiv. Since moving permanently to Bulgaria in 2005, Angela has continued performing music, acted in Bulgarian films and TV shows. Seven Bulgarian novels in her translation have been published in the US and UK, including Milen Rosko’s “Thrown into Nature” (2011), Zachary Karabashliev’s “18% Gray” (2013) and Georgi Gospodinov’s “The Physics of Sorrow” (2013) – the latter was shortlisted for the two most prestigious prizes for literary translation in the US. In 2015, Angela became the executive director of the Bulgarian- American Fulbright Commission.