Edward Proctor has a background in South Asian studies and languages.
A diploma from the Central Institute of Hindi in New Delhi was followed by a BA in Anthropology from Duke University, an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University and further postgraduate study at the University of Chicago.
He also has a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently an Electronic Resources Librarian and Associate Professor.
He speaks six different Gypsy dialects as well as several other languages.