Actually, lots of people would want to work and study in Romania. Previous participants include faculty, undergraduates, master's students, and doctoral students from a variety of fields. These fields include civic education, political science, special education, literacy, history, science education, teaching English as a second language, and counseling and educational psychology. In 2011 students from the University of Texas at Austin joined the group.
The "Research in Romania" program was co-founded by, and is co directed by, Bob Ives and Kathy Obenchain. Bob is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), focusing on quantitative and mixed research methods, assessment, and students who struggle in mathematics. Kathy is an Assistant Professor in Social Studies Education at Purdue University, focusing on qualitative research methods and democratic citizenship education, with an emphasis in developing democracies.
The University of Nevada has an existing collaborative agreement with Babes-Bolyai University (BBU), Romania's largest university. Research in Romania is one of several collaborative projects between UNR and BBU colleges and departments in recent years. Bob and Kathy created the Research in Romania program as one way of continuing those collaborations while pursuing their own scholarly work and service in the field of education. University students in both countries comprise a very important part of the Research in Romania team.