Gerald Creed is a cultural anthropologist specializing in political economy, ritual, and identity in Eastern Europe. He has been conducting research in rural Bulgaria since 1987. His first project examined the impact of collectivization, socialist agrarian reforms, and subsequent privatization efforts on village and household economies. This long-term research is synthesized in his book Domesticating Revolution: From Socialist Reform to Ambivalent Transition in a Bulgarian Village (1998), which won the Bulgarian Studies Association book award.
Creed subsequently embarked on another long-term project examining ancient fertility rites still popular in Bulgaria. His book Masquerade and Postsocialism: Ritual and Cultural Dispossession in Bulgaria (2011) uses these rituals to challenge standard orthodoxies of postsocialist studies. This book also won the Bulgarian Studies Association book award, as well as an award from the Society for the Anthropology of Europe. He has also edited two volumes of essays: Knowing Your Place: Rural Identity and Cultural Hierarchy (1997), with Barbara Ching, and The Seductions of Community: Emancipations, Oppressions, Quandaries (2006). Creed earned his Ph.D. at the Graduate Center in 1992 and is currently the executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology.