Veronica E. Aplenc is Senior Program Manager at the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.S. in historic preservation and Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the everyday built environment, historic preservation, and the intersection of the traditional with the socialist modern. Her work on the everyday built environment in socialist Yugoslavia has been supported by IREX and Fulbright grants. In addition to her scholarship, she has collaborated on international research teams, participated in international teaching exchanges, and serves as a preservation and planning consultant.