The Sun Is but a Morning Star. Anthology of American Literature (2005). Dr. Bakratcheva is member of the Thoreau Society U.S.A., the International American Studies Association (IASA), the Swedish Association for American Studies (SAAS) and the Bulgarian American Studies Association (BASA). Albena Bakratcheva"s international experience includes: Fellowship of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany (1992); Fulbright Grant - SUNY U.S.A. (1993-94); USIA Fellowship - Summer Institute on Contemporary American Literature at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. (1999). Since 2008 Albena Bakratcheva is Erasmus-Lecturer of American Literature at the Dipartimento di Lingue e letterature moderne. Universita degli studi di Macerata, Italia.