Emil Heršak (1957) graduated Italian and Anthropology at York University in Toronto in 1978 and in 1979. he started working as a young researcher at the Center for Migration Research in Zagreb, which later grew into the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies. He graduated in 1985 from General Sociology at the Faculty of Political Science, Journalism and Sociology in Ljubljana. Over the next few years, he has published a number papers on various anthropological, socio-historical and linguistic aspects of migration and ethnicity, which ultimately resulted in a study of pre-modern migration he defended as a doctoral dissertation in 2000 at the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Menwhile he worked as an editor (1986-1990) and an editor-in-chief (1990-2001) of the Migracijske teme magazine (since 2000 Migracijske i etničke teme), and also as an editor of the Leksikon migracijskoga i etničkoga nazivlja (1998) and Etničnost i povijest (1999). He has published over 200 scientific works, and has been at the board of major international conferences in Russia and Turkey. He taught at the postgraduate study "Population History" at the University of Dubrovnik, and also at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management. Since June 1st 2010 he has been permanently employed at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb.
Some of his most acclaimed works are Drevne seobe. Prapovijest i stari vijek (2005) and Sveta pića (with Maja Adžija, 2013).