Emil Nankov is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Archaeology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (D. Phil. Cornell 2009). His main scholarly interests focus on urbanization, warfare, and ancient economy of ancient Thrace. Nankov was a Regular and Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2005-2007) and was part of the Excellence Cluster Topoi at the Free University in Berlin (2009). He also served as the Archaeology Program Officer (2009-2014) and Acting Academic Director (2014-2017) at the American Research Center in Sofia. He has been awarded a fellowship as a Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute (2020). He was a Director of the ARCS Archaeological Field Schools at Heraclea Sintica (2012-2014) and Parthicopolis (2015-2017). He is currently a member of the excavation team of emporion Pistiros.
Nankov 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; and 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).