Born in Zagreb on June 23, 1963. After completing secondary school (Centre forCulture and Art; Orientation: newspaper reporter) she enrolled in History of Art (1st Major) and Ethnology (2nd Major) at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Zagreb. She graduated in 1987 (Postcards from the Beginning to the Beginning of World War II), and gained her Master’s at the same Faculty in 1992 (The Ornamental Motif of the Swastika on Ethnographic Material in Croatia [Interpretational Possibilities and the Reach of Insights]), earning her doctorate in 1997 (The Visual Aspects of Political Propaganda and Folklore Visual Art Expression. Croatia after 1990).
She has been working at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb since 1990, and the Dept. for Folklore Visual Art Expression was opened when she joined the Institute staff.
She was associated with the Institute’s Croatian Folk Customs in the 20th Century project from 1991 to 1995, and then, until 1997, with the Anthropological Approach to Interdisciplinary Study of Values in Tradition and Contemporary Croatian Culture project, part of the Ethnography of Croatia: Tradition , Folklore, Identity Programme . She has been Head Researcher on the project entitled The Homeland War and War Victims in the 20th Century: Ethnological Aspects , which is a component of the Homeland War and War Victims in the 20th Century Programme . She is also an associate on the project Ethnography of Mundane Transition: Matrices and Distortions.
Reana Senjkovic spent November and December, 1992 on a study visit in London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London). She has participated in the work of post-graduate seminars at home and abroad, and has been a visiting scholar in Frankfurt on the Main (Institut für Kulturanthropologie und Europäische Ethnologie, Johan Wolfgang Goethe Universität). She lectures in the post-graduate study of Ethnology at the Zagreb University Faculty of Philosophy, and at the University’s Croatian Studies.