Ian Hancock is Professor of English, Linguistics, and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of nearly three hundred articles and books, including The Pariah Syndrome: An Account of Gypsy Slavery and Persecution (1987) and A Handbook of Vlax Romani (1995). Professor Hancock lectures widely in the United States and Europe on the persecution of the Roma. He recently spoke on behalf of the Roma at the Forum 2000 Conference on the Holocaust, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.