Ivelina Masheva is a research affiliate within Prof. Susan Zimmermann's project ZARAH: Women’s labour activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally, from the age of empires to the late 20th century (ERC Advanced Grant). Her component study within the ZARAH project "Competing for and marginalizing women workers: Trade unionism, syndicalism and corporatism in Bulgaria and internationally, 1920s-1940s" focuses on the relationship between women workers in industry and services and trade unions representing the whole political spectrum in interwar Bulgaria. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Bulgarian History, Institute for Historical Studies - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Her research interests include labour, economic and legal history of Bulgaria and South-Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as gender studies and women's history.
Before coming to Central European University, she completed a doctoral dissertation at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Her dissertation explored Tanzimat commercial law reforms and their application, with a particular focus on Ottoman Bulgaria, and was defended in May 2015 at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".
She received an MA in History and another one in economics and business administration in 2010 from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". She also holds an undergraduate degree in European Studies (2007) from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".