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Dean of the Department, Assistant Professor of Political Science


Holds a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Economics and International Studies, University of Buckingham, UK. She also holds an MA degree (2005) in European Politics and Institutions with honours from the University of Bologna, Italy and a BA degree in International Relations with Summa Cum Laude and University Honours from Kent State University (2004), U.S.A. She has been a member of the PSIR academic staff since October 2010 and a Curriculum Committee member from 2010-2013. She coordinated all European Commission funded projects held by PSIR department, including Erasmus+ and Jean Monnet projects. She has published papers at international conferences and academic journals, as well as several book chapters. Her research interests include minority groups, ethnicity, migration and diaspora. She is also very passionate about post-communist politics and populism in transition countries (relating to migration policies and minorities).



  • 2016 - Ph.D., University of Buckingham, UK School of Humanities, Department of Economics and International Studies

  • 2005 - MA(Honors), University of Bologna, Italy European Politics and Institutions

  • 2004 - BA (Summa Cum Laude) Kent State University, USA Department of Political Science and International Relations, BA in International Relations

  • 2001-2002 - Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, France Erasmus exchange



  • 2019 - Honorary Associate Professor Strategy and Security Institute, MA Applied Security Strategy (MStart) University of Exeter, UK

  • 2018 - Head of Department Department of Political Science and International Relations Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, BiH

  • 2017 - Assistant Professor Department of Political Science and International Relations Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, BiH Modern Political History Multi-Ethnic States Comparative Politics Public Policy

  • 2017 - Visiting Professor University “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy

  • 2010 - 2017 - Lecturer Department of Political Science and International Relations University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, BiH

  • April 2018 - Visiting scholar Department of Political and Social Sciences University of Salzburg, Austria

  • June 2016 - Visiting scholar Department of Political Science University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy



  • 2018 - Consultant, International Republican Institute, Washington D.C., United States

  • 2008-2009 - Export Officer for the Countries of North Africa and CEFTA Region BHEPA, Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia-Herzegovina, BiH

  • 2006-2008 - European Union Affairs Adviser Embassy of Italy in Bosnia-Herzegovina, BiH and Italy

  • January – May 2006 - Junior Expert Directorate for European Integration Council of Ministers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, BiH

  • September- December 2005 Project Leader County of Parma Agency for Internationalization and Economic Development Italy



  • 2018 - Jean Monnet Network MAPS “Migration and Asylum Policy System” SSST team lead

  • 2017 - Jean Monnet Network “Democratization and reconciliation in the Western Balkans” SSST team member

  • 2015-2017 - Erasmus + Capacity Building Project SSST Project Coordinator Curriculum Development (joint European Political Science MA) SSST Project Coordinator

  • 2015-2017 Erasmus + Capacity Building Project Work package leader - International Relations Module

  • 2012-2013 - Public Policy Development Project Principal Researcher Open Society Fund BiH Cultural Policy in BiH




  • 2020 “The Role of Memory in Post-Yugoslav Populist Politics: Cases of North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina”. In: Tortola, P. et al. Populism and the Past. Journal of Contemporary European Studies”. (accepted for publication).

  • 2020 “Memory and Art as Reconciliation Tool? Re-Thinking Reconciliation Strategies in the Western Balkans”. In: Kalemaj, I. and Savic-Bojanic, M. (eds.). Introduction. Southeastern Europe. Brill.

  • 2020 “Populism in Bosnia and Herzegovina: ‘Folksy’ Politics in an Ethno-nationalist Partitocracy”, In: Heinisch, R. (ed). Populism in the European Periphery. Nomos Series on Populism. (in print)

  • 2020 “Examining Formal Political Participation of Jews in Post-Dayton Bosnia and Hercegovina: What Types of Participants? In: Sujecka, J. (ed). The Balkan Jews & the Minority Issue in South-Eastern Europe. Colloquia Balcanica, Vol 7. (in print).

  • 2019 “Ethno-National Populism in Post-Conflict and Post-Transition Society – The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. In: Nikolov, S. E., Hong, D.S. (eds). Post-communism - reload or revert: Case studies from Balkans, Central Asia, and Russia. Sociological Problems. (with V. Repovac-Niksic)

  • 2019 “The Question of Ethnic Identity in the Case of Bosnian Diaspora in the United States”, In: New Diversities. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (with J. Jevtić)

  • 2019 “Life Practices and the “Intergenerational Twist”: Re-Visiting Identity among Muslim Communities in Tower Hamlets and Stari Grad”. In: Susko, Dz. (ed.) Both Muslim and European: Diasporic and Migrant Identities of Bosniaks. Muslim Minorities, Vol. 30. Leiden: Brill. (with J. Jevtić)

  • 2017 “Migration at the Other Side of the Mediterranean: Location Choices of Balkan-Bound Migrants”. In: M. Pace, G. Cataldi, A. Liguori (eds.) Migration in the Mediterranean Area and the Challenges for "Hosting" European Society, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli.

  • 2015 “Minority Discontent as an Internal Destabilization Factor: The Issue of Territorial Minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. In: Bałkany Zachodnie w systemie bezpieczeństwa euroatlantyckiego. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, Łódź

  • 2014 “In Search of Rights to Political Participation. The Emerging Voice of National Minorities in BiH in Light of EU Integration. In: Studia Juridica et Politica Jaurinensis, Volume 1.

  • 2008 “Constitutional Changes in Light of EU Integration: The Political Society and the Issue of Social Treaty in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. In: Central European Case Studies. Vol 2.



  • September 2013 “Capacity Building in the Public Cultural Sector: Improving Cultural Management in Professional Performing-Arts Institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (PAI BiH)”. Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • October 2012 Depicting the Roma – Europe’s Pariahs and French Public Enemy United Explanations

  • June 2012 From a computer screen to the streets: How social networks influenced the Arab Spring United Explanations

  • April 2012 Kuwait’s Stateless and Repressed: The Story about the Bidoon United Explanations

  • May 2004 Savic, M. (2004). Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Process of European Integration. Kent State University.



  • 2019 Panelist and discussant, “Facilitating Dialogue in Divided Societies”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Presenter “Political Participation of Jews and Poles in BiH: What Type of Participants”, Sodertorn University, Stockholm, Sweden Panelist, “Migration and Asylum Policy Systems: The case of BiH”, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy Invited speaker, International Summer School "Engagement for Friendship: Changing Political Culture in the Balkans", Belgrade, Serbia Guest lecturer, invited presentation for 13th Balkantage, Munich, Germany

  • 2018 Invited speaker, International Winter School "Creating Territorial Cooperation: the Impact of the Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Flows in South-East Europe", Cesenatico, Italy Panelist, “Political Participation during Times of Repression: Political Engagement of Bosnian Jews from 1879 until 1939”, 11th Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Krakow, Poland Guest lecturer, invited presentation for Auf dem Weg in eine europäische Zukunft Spurensuche in Sarajevo, „Migration to and from Bosnia and Herzegovina“, Sarajevo, BiH Lecturer for MStrat 5 Balkans Programme, “The Fall of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian War”, University of Exeter, Strategy and Security Institute, Sarajevo, BiH

  • 2017 Keynote Panellist for Summer School “Migration, (Sea) Border Control and Human Rights”, June 14-22, Naples, Italy

  • 2013 The Ottomans: Europe’s Last Emperors, BBC Documentary, filmed interview on Ottoman legacy in BiH Speaker, “Minorities and Destabilization: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina”, University of Lodz, Poland “Political Participation of National Minorities in BiH: The EU Integration Perspective”, Batthyány Lajos College of Law

  • 2010 Lecturer, “The Caucasus Crisis in a Global Context”, Peace Support Operations Training Center BiH, International Relations Course

  • 2007 Lecturer, “Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Process of European Integration”, University of Mostar, Graduate level course on European Union studiese



  • 2018 European Association for Jewish Studies, Full Congress speaker grant Erasmus+ Academic Staff Mobility Grant, Visiting scholar grant

  • 2017 Erasmus+ Academic Staff Mobility Grant, Visiting scholar

  • 2017 Research and Development Award for outstanding contribution to R&D development at the institutional level awarded by the University Rector

  • 2012 Open Society Fund Fellowship, Research grant

  • 2006 Full Fellowship for the Mare Europaeum Summer School (Humboldt University of Berlin)

  • 2005 Full Postgraduate Scholarship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy)

  • 2004 Mortar Board Sherri Jo Luft Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Distinguished Senior Leadership Award University Honours for highest academic achievement and thesis of an outstanding quality

  • 2002 Honours Study Abroad Scholarship

  • 2001-2004 Academic Achievement Award

  • 2000 Freshman Honors Scholarship, 2000 President’s Scholarship, 2000 President’s List (for 4.0 grade point average-2000-2004)



  • 2008 - Research Seminar on Central European Issues, February 2008 Batthyány Lajos College of Law Visegrad Summer School, July 2008 Villa Decius and the Visegrad Summer School Certificate in: Euro Atlantic Cooperation

  • 2007 - Batthyány Summer School, Gyor, July 2007 Batthyány Lajos College of Law Certificate in: „Central Europe and the European Union “

  • 2006 - Mare Europaeum Summer School Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Turku (Finland), University of Tartu (Estonia) Certificate in: “Baltic Sea Region Studies”

  • 2005 - CEI International Summer School of Cervia "Beyond the Enlargement: The Wider Europe and the New Neighborhood" Certificate in “Economic Transition, Enlargement Process and Globalization”, Cervia, University of Bologna and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Final paper: „Four Reasons for Poor Economic Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina “



Phi Beta Delta-International Honors Society Golden Key International Honours Society Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honours Society



Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian - speak, read and write with native competency

English - speak, read and write with native competency

French - speak, read and write with near native competency

Italian - speak, read and write with near native competency

Spanish - reading competence, beginner’s conversation skills



I have developed a full master degree program in Diplomacy in the period from 2010-2011. The program was fully accredited in the UK and BiH in 2011. I have also participated as external and internal board member for program accreditation and re-accreditation for two UK accredited programs at University SSST. I am a government appointed international expert member for quality assurance for political science and international relations higher education study programmes in Montenegro. I am familiar with course and programme development both at institutional and quality assurance level. I have international experience with master program development in the UK (QAA) and Austria (AQ).





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