Jelenа Čvorović

Jelenа Čvorović

Academic title: PhD

Research position: Principal Research Fellow

Fields of interest: evolutionary behavioral sciences, biocultural anthropology, culture – health interactions.

Education / Qualifications

2012 Acquired the position of Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnography of SASA

2003 Acquired the position of Research Associate at the Institute of Ethnography of SASA

2001 Completed doctoral studies in Anthropology at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

1994 Completed master studies in Archaeology at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade

1992 Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, with a degree in Archaeology


2021 The Institute of Ethnography of SASA

Editorial Service

2023 Review editor Frontiers in Public Health/Child Health/ Child Pediatrics

2014 / present Member of the editorial advisory board in The Mankind Quarterly.

2004-2014 Member of the editorial advisory board in Bulletin of the IE SASA.

Reviewer for International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Behavioral Sciences; Methods and Protocols, HOMO; Medical Sciences.


2022. Čvorović, J, Coe, K. Storytelling around the World: Folktales, Narrative Rituals, and Oral Traditions. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio. ISBN: 978-1-4408-7294-5 (print); 978-1-4408-7295-2 (ebook)

2014. Čvorović, J. The Roma: A Balkan Underclass. Ulster Institute of Social Research. London: UK.

2010. Čvorović, J. Roast Chicken and other Gypsy stories. Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, European University Studfies, Series 19 B – Ethnology, Hamburg, Germany.

2004. Čvorović, J. Gypsy Narratives: From Poverty To Culture. Belgrade: the Institute of Ethnography, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.


2022. Čvorović, J. Do unwanted children face growth penalties in resource poor environments? Evidence from Roma Settlements in Serbia. Journal of Biosocial Science

2022. Čvorović, J. Paternal Investment, Stepfather Presence and Early Child Development and Growth among Serbian Roma. Evolutionary Human Sciences https://doi:10.1017/ehs.2022.14

2022. Čvorović, J. Maternal age at marriage and child nutritional status and development: evidence from Serbian Roma communities. Public Health Nutrition 1-34.

2022. Čvorović, J. Stunting, Maternal Investment, and Early Child Development in Serbian Roma Children Aged 36–59 Months. Glasnik EI SANU, 70 (3), 175-191.

2020. Čvorović, J. Child wantedness and low weight at birth: differential parental investment among Roma. Behavioral Sciences 10, 6,102.

2019. Čvorović, J. and Vojinovic, Z. The Effect of Social Assistance on Kin Relationships: Evidence from Roma communities. Biodemography and Social Biology.

2019. Čvorović, J. Stature and education among Roma women: taller stature is associated with better educational and economic outcomes. Journal of Biosocial Science.

2019. Čvorović, J. The Differential Impact of Religion on Self-reported Health among Serbian Roma Women. Journal of Religion and Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-019-00824-8

2019. Čvorović, J. Debate Diabetes mellitus prevalence among traditional Roma women in Serbia: a reply to Brož and Nunes. Journal of Biosocial Science 51 (3):465-466

2019. Čvorović, J. Self-rated health and teenage pregnancies in Roma women: Increasing height is associated with better health outcomes. Journal of Biosocial Science. 51 (3): 444-456). doi:10.1017/S0021932018000196

2018. Čvorović, J. Influence of maternal height on children’s health status and mortality: a cross-sectional study in poor Roma communities in rural Serbia. HOMO. 69 (6):357-363.

2018. Čvorović, J. and Coe, K. Happy marriages are all alike: Marriage and self-rated health among Serbian Roma. Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography, SASA

2018. Čvorović, J. and Coe, K. Roma Women Role Models and Health. Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography, SASA. DOI:

2018. Čvorović, J. and James, S. John Henryism, Gender and Self-Reported Health among Roma/Gypsies in Serbia. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. 42 (2):295-314.

2017. Čvorović, J. and Coe, K. Reproductive Investment and Health Costs in Roma Women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14(11), 1337; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111337

2017. Coe, K, and Čvorović, J. The Health of Romanian Gypsy women in Serbia. Health Care for Women International. 38(4):409-422.

2017. Čvorović, J. and Coe, K. “Visiting” close kin abroad: migration strategy of the Serbian Roma”. Journal of Gypsy Studies.1 (1):17-29.

2015. Čvorović, J. Fertility Differentials Among Serbian Jews. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 14(2):213-228.

2015. Lynn, R. and Čvorović J. The intelligence of Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews in Serbia. Mankind Quarterly. 55(4):352-359.

2015. Čvorović, J., and Nikolic, K. Differential reproductive success among the Serbian Jews. Mankind Quarterly. 55(4),297-324.

2014.Čvorović J., and Lynn, R. Intelligence and reproductive success of Bosnians, Serbs and Roma in Serbia. Mankind Quarterly. 54 (3-4), 434-446.

2014.Čvorović J. and Lynn, R. Sex differences in intelligence: some new data from Serbia. Mankind Quarterly 55(1-2), 101-109.

2013. Čvorović J. Serbian Gypsy Witch Narratives: ‘Wherever Gypsies Go There the Witches are We Know!’ , Folklore 124 (2), 214-225.

2012. Čvorović, J., and Nikolic.K. Differential reproductive success in the historic populations of Sandžak. Mankind Quarterly 53 (2), 206-237.

2012. Čvorović, J. Religion and Reproduction: Muslim vs. Orthodox Serbs. Mankind Quarterly 52 (3-4), 358-387.

2011. Čvorović, J. Juvenile marriages, child-brides and infant mortality among Serbian Gypsies. Bulletin of the IE SASA 59(2), 27-44.

2011. Čvorović, J. The Differential Impact of Religion on Life History and Reproductive Strategy: Muslim and Orthodox Gypsies in Serbia. Mankind Quarterly 51(3),330-348.

2009. Gallagher A., Čvorović J., Štrkalj G. Body Mass Index in Serbian Roma. HOMO-Journal of Comparative Human Biology 60 (6), 567-578.

2009. Čvorović, J. Losing a River: The Social Significance of Gypsy Oral Tradition. Fabula 50(1-2), 37-53.

2009. Čvorović, J. Serbian Gypsy Narrative. Between Preferred and True Identity. Oral History Review 36(1).45-70.

2009. Rushton, J.P. and Čvorović, J. Data on the Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices from Four Serbian Samples. Personality and Individual Differences 46:483-486.

2008. Čvorović, J. and Rushton, J.P. Maternal IQ and Child Mortality in 222 Serbian Roma (Gypsy) Women. Personality and Individual Differences 44:1604-1609.

2008. Čvorović, J. A Gypsy, Butterfly and Gadje: Narrative as Instruction for Behaviour. Folklore 119(1), 29-44.

2008. Čvorović, J. Women’s autonomy and domestic violence in the Sandžak region. Bulletin of the IE SASA 56(1), 133-153.

2008. Čvorović, J. Impact of Paternal Investment among women in Sandžak. Bulletin of the IE SASA 56(2), 159-170.

2007. Rushton, J.P., Bons, T.A., Vernon, T. and Čvorović, J. Genetic and Environmental Contributions to Group Differences on the Raven’s Progressive Matrices Estimated from Twins Reared Together and Apart. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences 274, 1774-1777.

2007. Rushton, J.P., Čvorović, J. and Bons, T.A. General mental ability in South Asians: Data from three Roma (Gypsy) communities in Serbia. Intelligence 35, 1-12.

2007. Čvorović, J. The Gypsy Dragon. Bulletin of Ethnographic Institute SASA 55, 207-217.

2006. Čvorović, J. Gypsies Drown In Shallow Water: Oral Narratives among Mačva Gypsies. Journal of Folklore Research 43( 2), 129-148.

2006. Čvorović, J. The Making of Gypsies: Invention of Tradition. Issues of Ethnology and Anthropology 1(1), 47-59.

2005. Čvorović, J. Gypsy Oral History in Serbia. Oral History Journal 33 (1), 57-68.

2005. Čvorović, J. Gypsy Ethnic Socialization in Serbia. Bulletin of Ethnographic Institute SASA, 53, 35-48.

2004. Čvorović, J. Sexual and Reproductive strategies among Serbian Gypsies. Population & Environment 25, 217-242.

2004. Čvorović, J. Reproductive behavior, ethnicity and social status: a comparison of two Serbian Gypsy groups Bulletin of Ethnographic Institute SASA 52, 47-59.