Dr. philol. Director, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia. Author of more than 170 publications in theory and history of folklore studies, cultural studies and tradition research, including monographs The Nation of Singers: Folklore and National Ideology (in Latvian, 2000); Contemporary Folkloristics: Paradigm Shift (in Latvian, 2011); Latvian Folkloristics in the Interwar Period (ed., 2017).
Member of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), International Society of Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), Folklore Fellows, Advisory Board of JEF: Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics. Teaches theory of folklore studies at the J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and Latvian Academy of Culture.