Angel Nikolov was born in 1971 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He finished the National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures “Saint Constantine-Cyril the Philosopher” in Sofia (1990) and graduated with a master’s degree from the Faculty of History of the University of Sofia “St Kliment Ohridski” (1995). In 1997 he became a PhD student and part-time assistant-professor in Medieval Bulgarian history at the same faculty. He defended his PhD thesis in 2002, and in the same year became a full-time assistant-professor. Since 2011 he has been an associate professor in Medieval Bulgarian history.
In 2004 he was a Visiting Fellow of the British Academy and conducted research in Oxford, and in 2005 he was a Regional Fellow at the New Europe College, Bucharest. He was guest-scholar at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow (2004-2012) and the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken (2004-2021).
Angel Nikolov has written more than 70 articles in Bulgarian, English and Russian, and the monographs “Political Thought in Early Medieval Bulgaria (the middle of 9th – the end of 10th c.)” (2006), “Useful Tale about the Latins: A literary monument of the medieval Slavic polemics against Catholicism” (2011), “P. A. Syrku in Bulgaria (1878–1879)” (2012) – together with L. A. Gerd, “Between Constantinople and Rome. Sketches from the Anti–Catholic Literature in Bulgaria and the Slavic Orthodox World (11th–17th Century)” (2016). Since 2012 he is a member of the Editorial Board of Slověne. International Journal of Slavic Studies, published by the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.