Instructor - Department of Political Science, Rutgers University
Instructor - Modern Greek Studies Program, Rutgers University
PhD - Political Science, Rutgers University
BA - Political Science, The College of New Jersey
BA - History, The College of New Jersey
At Rutgers since 2000
I first began my foray into the history, geography, culture, and societyof Southeastern Europe with a class on the Byzantine Empire at The Collegeof New Jersey (then Trenton State College), taught by John Karras, a Rutgers History alum and student of the renowned Peter Charanis. Since then, my academic interests have primarily focused on the political, social, and cultural development of Greece and Serbia, with comparative studies between the Balkans and Central Europe and with the Middle East.
More generally, I am interested in the relationship between political culture and the role of state-sponsored historical memory as a way of explaining the popularity, endurance, and at times weaknesses of political
institutions. This forms part of a larger area of study on transitions from authoritarian rule to democracy and the changing attitudes towards
collective identity vis-a-vis exogenous developments.
NEW COURSES OFFERED
01:790:389/01:489:3xx - Politics and Culture in Greece and the Balkans
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
01:790:103 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
01:790:315 - Politics and Culture
OTHER COURSES TAUGHT
Introduction to International Relations
The European Union
Globalization and the Non-Western World
Theories of Democratic Transition
Democracy and Nation-Building in the Balkans: 1453 - Present
2014 “Ending the Impasse in Kosovo: Partition, Decentralization, or
Consociationalism?” Nationalities Papers vol 42, no. 5 (September), pp.
867 – 889.
2013 “Five Inconvenient Truths about Kosovo”, TransConflict (July 17,
2012 “In Search of a Democratic Cultural ‘Alternative’: Serbia’s European
Heritage from Dositej Obradović to OTPOR.” Nationalities Papers vol.
40, no. 6 (November), pp. 853 – 878.
2009 “The Party’s Over: After the Initial Euphoria, Kosovo Faces an
Uncertain Future”, Prague Post (February 26, 2009).
2008a “Czechoslovakia: Resistance to Soviet Political and Economic Rule.”
In The International Encyclopedia of World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to
the Present, Immanuel Ness, ed. (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), pp. 948 –
2008b “Tomas Masaryk (1850 – 1937).” In The International Encyclopedia of
World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the Present, Immanuel Ness, ed.
(Blackwell Publishing, 2008), pp. 2251 – 2252.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
American Political Science Association