Elka Traykova is the Director of the Institute for Literature and the head of the Department of New and Contemporary Bulgarian Literature. Her research interests are in the fields of philology and the history of new and contemporary Bulgarian literature.
Alexander Panov is the head of the Department of Literary Theory and chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Literature. His research interests include literary theory, historical poetics, literary anthropology, genre theory, and the poetics of Bulgarian literature.
Penka Vatova is a member of the Department of New and Contemporary Bulgarian Literature. Her research interests are in the history of Bulgarian literature after the Liberation. She has been a long-term researcher of the Bulgarian literary periodical press, of the problems of the Bulgarian travelogue and of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry, of the cultural identity of the Bulgarian diaspora.