Maja Pasarić (1977) received her BA in ethnology and archaeology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University in Zagreb (2001). At the same Faculty she completed her MA degree in archaeology in 2008. She also holds a MA degree in Gender studies acquired at the Central European University in Budapest (2003). Her PhD thesis under the title “Ritual animal burials and idol sculptures in prehistory of Continental Croatia” was defended in May 2012 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.
In October 2008 Maja joined the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb as a research fellow at the scientific project Cultural Animal Studies: Contributions from Literary Studies, Folklore Research, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. Focusing on cultural animal studies she is interested in human-animal relationships investigated mainly through the study of folkloristic and ethnographic materials but also of animal remains and zoomorphic objects from a more distant past. She is also interested in how material cultural from the past has been perceived in modern societies and generally in the relationship between people and things.
Her articles have been published in scientific and professional journals and books as well as in popular journals and her scholarly work has been promoted through active participation at international conferences in Croatia and abroad. She is also one of the lecturers at the course Cultural Animal Studies held at the Centre for Croatian Studies, University of Zagreb.