I am a political scientist and analyst of southeast European and international affairs with a PhD from York University in Toronto. My career background is a unique blend of global academic and professional engagement, as I have worked as a scholar, policy analyst, consultant, researcher, and writer in both North America and Europe.
My academic research concentrates primarily on the politics of contemporary southeastern Europe, with a particular focus on the politics of the non-EU states of the Western Balkans. More broadly, my academic fields of interest and expertise are split between international relations, global political economy, and political theory. I am interested in democratization processes, state development (including the process of state and regime failure), and post-conflict and peace studies, in particular as these topics relate to southeastern Europe. These concerns likewise keep me invested in debates on social movements and organized labor, regionally and globally.
My doctoral research concerned the development of the state in the Balkans, in particular, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). A work of both political and international relations theory and area studies, my project situates the post-war Dayton constitutional order in BiH in a longer process of state and class formation in the region. I am especially concerned with the experience of democratic thought and the democratic imagination in the Balkans, in the context of what has elsewhere been referred to as "the political." It is precisely through this notion of the political, and the marginalized history of democratic praxis in the Balkans themselves, that I approach my critique of the current constitutional order in BiH.
In terms of professional policy experience, I am currently a Fellow with the EastWest Institute (EWI) and a policy consultant at the regional office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Sarajevo. Previously, I have spent time as an editorial board member and policy adviser of the Culture Shutdown civic initiative and as Fellow and Social Media Director at the Emerging Democracies Institute (EDI). I have also provided my services as a freelance consultant and researcher to a number of development, monitoring, and consultancy agencies, in addition to several years spent working in the labor movement in Canada.
Selections from my academic publishing can be found on my Academia.edu profile. For commentaries I have published in the popular press, as well as various TV and radio appearances, please visit the media page of this site. For other professional connections please visit my LinkedIn profile.
*These are selected portions of my CV. For the full text, please contact me via e-mail .
Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science. York University, Toronto (2010-2016). Thesis: Hunger and Fury: The Political in Bosnia-Herzegovina. PhD Supervisor: Terry Maley (York University). Committee: Robert Latham (York University), Daphne N. Winland (York University). Comprehensive Exam Field(s): International Relations, Political Theory.
Master of Arts, Political Science York University, Toronto (2009-2010).
Honours Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (2004-2008).
English (fluent), Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Montenegrin (fluent), German (fluent).
Fellow EastWest Institute (June 2017-Present). Assisting in the (re)development of the EastWest Institute's Balkans programming, analysis, and research, as well as the Institute's practical re-engagement in the region (i.e. developing networks and relationships with relevant regional stakeholders).
Policy Consultant Friedrich Ebert Foundation – Dialogue South East Europe (June 2016-Present). Remote, project-based policy consultant at regional office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). Current projects focused on strengthening civil society inclusion in regional policy making initiatives, regional risk assessment and conflict monitoring, and office-related social media development.
Teaching & Research Experience*
Visiting Scholar Harriman Institute, Columbia University, New York City (September 2013-August 2015). In addition to pursuing my own PhD research at the Harriman Institute, I helped organize and moderate over a dozen events and symposia at Columbia University, including workshops on media freedom, war crimes and transitional justice, LGBTQ rights, and social movement politics in South and Eastern Europe. My responsibilities also included managing event budgets, securing facilities, and handling travel arrangements for international scholars and policy makers, including the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave.
Guest Lecturer Columbia University, New York City (Fall 2014). Invited by Prof. Tanya L. Domi to facilitate and lecture several sessions of her “Human Rights in the Western Balkans” course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), in addition to fielding research-related questions from her students outside of class hours.
Teaching Assistant (TA) York University, Toronto (September 2012 – April 2013). Teaching Assistant for “Introduction to the Democratic Experience” with Dr. Martin Breaugh. Responsibilities included organizing and facilitating tutorials, lecturing, marking all assignments and regular officer hours.
Teaching Assistant (TA) York University, Toronto (September 2010-April 2011 & September 2011-April 2012). Teaching Assistant for “Introduction to the Democratic Experience” for two consecutive years with Dr. Bruce J. Smardon. Responsibilities included organizing and facilitating tutorials, marking all assignments and regular officer hours.
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) York University, Toronto (September 2009 – May 2010). Research centered on the broad topic of gender and the European Union and assistance with conference preparation, with a focus on German language sources for Dr. Heather MacRae.
Policy & Professional Experience
Country Report Author Freedom House (August 2015-Present). Primary researcher and author for 2016 and 2017 "Freedom in the World" reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. The project involves in-depth analysis and evaluation of political and social developments in the respective countries over the last two years, using a variety sources; academic and popular publications, interviews, and field research. Final assessments are done according to the detailed rubrics and measurements provided by Freedom House.
Policy & Educational Consultant Freelance (September 2013-Present). Project-based consultancy services provided to variety of government, corporate, and media entities in the US and Europe. Typical projects have focused on civil society engagement, regional risk assessment, and program development in southeastern Europe. Additional counseling provided for undergraduate and graduate researchers and students working on regional and broader post-conflict (and post-authoritarian) topics.
Project Manager Friedrich Ebert Foundation – Dialogue South East Europe (August 2015-May 2016). Project manager at regional office of the FES in Sarajevo, working on variety of projects related to civil society inclusion and improved regional policy making mechanisms in southeastern Europe. Responsibilities included event planning and budgeting, public speaking and relations, authoring policy and research briefs.
Politics Editor Balkanist Magazine (May-September 2015). Politics section editor for Balkanist Magazine, a popular online platform for analysis and reporting from South and Eastern Europe. Duties included editing, copy-editing, and social media engagement on behalf of the magazine.
Fellow & Social Media Director Emerging Democracies Institute (December 2013-August 2015). Maintained, updated, managed all social media and conducted community outreach on behalf of the Emerging Democracies Institute (EDI), a leading Washington-based 501(c)(3) which aims to connect democratic activists and leaders in the Middle East and North Africa and Southeastern Europe with policy makers on Capitol Hill.
Editorial Board Member & Policy Advisor Culture Shutdown (March 2012-December 2014). Created policy strategy, conducted public presentations and media interviews, organized extended awareness campaigns, and managed all social media outreach for Culture Shutdown, an activist initiative and online platform launched to connect scholars, artists and activists in the United States, Canada, Western Europe and the Balkans to prevent the closure of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural institutions.
Course Instructor British Columbia Federation of Labour – Young Worker Program(2009-2010). Instructor and facilitator for two courses centered on introducing Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) and the “British Columbia Employment Standards Act” to young workers (15-24), which involved travelling to dozens of high schools and education programs across British Columbia.
Translator & Outreach Coordinator Construction and Specialized Workers Union Local 1611 (2008-2009). Provided translation services between Construction and Specialized Workers Union and a group of workers from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia (approximately 90 individuals), where duties included translation of texts (e.g. collective agreements), documentation of conditions, and one-on-one professional and personal counseling after employer fled country with owed wages and benefits.
Mujanović, Jasmin (forthcoming, 2017). Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans. London, New York: Hurst Publishers & Oxford University Press.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2017). “Nothing Left to Lose: Hip Hop in Bosnia-Herzegovina” in Helbig, Adriana & Miszczynski, Milosz (ed.). Hip Hop at Europe's Edge: Music, Agency, and Social Change. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2015). "Odozdo prema gore i naprijed" in Kapetanović, Amer & Illerhues, Judith (ed.). Naslijeđe mira: Bosna i Hercegovina 20 godina poslije Dejtonskog mirovnog sporazuma. Sarajevo: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2015). “The Baja Class and the Politics of Participation” in Arsenijević, Damir (ed.). Unbribable Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Fight for the Commons. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2014). “Institutionalized Crisis: The Case of Post-War Bosnia-Herzegovina,” in Shannon, Deric (ed.). It's the End of the World as We Know It? Snapshots of the Crisis, Austerity, and the Movements Against. Oakland: AK Press.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Mujanović, Jasmin (2016). “Fractured Authoritarianism in Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Religion and Society in East & West, Vol. 44, Issue 9-10.
Cooley, Laurence & Mujanović, Jasmin (2016). “Population Politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Reply to Bochsler and Schläpfer.” Ethnopolitics, Vol. 15, Issue 5.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2013). “Reclaiming the Political in Bosnia: A Critique of the Legal-Rational Nightmare of Contemporary Bosnian Statehood.” Theory in Action, Vol. 6, No. 2.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2016). “The Europeanisation of citizenship governance in South-East Europe.” Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. [Online version available, hardcopy pending.]
Lasheras, Francisco de Borja & Mujanović, Jasmin (2016). “‘Realpolicy’” in the Balkans: Reanimating Democratization and the European Project” in Belgrade Security Forum Paper Series, Belgrade, Serbia.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2016). “Bosnia and Herzegovina Country Report” in Freedom House: Freedom in the World Report 2016. New York, NY. Mujanović, Jasmin (2016). “Macedonia Country Report” in Freedom House: Freedom in the World Report 2016. New York, NY.
*List of invited lectures and seminars not complete but intended as broad overview of my general academic and public engagement.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2015). “Twenty Years after Dayton: Is There a Way out of the Constitutional Quagmire in Bosnia-Herzegovina?” (with Dr. Soeren Keil, Dr. Valery Perry, Kurt Bassuener, and Dr. Roska Vrgova). Presented at the Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention at Columbia University, New York City, NY, April 23-25, 2015.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2014). “Bosnia’s 2014 General Elections: New Challenges & Possibilities Going Forward” (with Ajla Delkić, Ivana Cvetković Bajrović and Hamdija Čustović). Presented at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York City, NY. October 30th, 2014. Mujanović, Jasmin (2014). "Princip, Valter, Pejić and the Raja: Elite Domination and Betrayal in BiH." Presented at The Great War: Regional Approaches and Global Contexts conference in Sarajevo, BiH, June 18-21st, 2014.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2014). “New Perspectives on Bosnian Histories and Politics” (with Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic, Dr. Max Bergholz and Dr. Larisa Kurtovic) & “A ‘Bosnian Spring’?: Prospects for Change in Bosnia and Herzegovina” (with Danijela Majstorović , Dr. Elissa Helms & Dr. Jasmina Husanović). Presented at the Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention at Columbia University, New York City, NY. April 24-26th, 2014.
Mujanović, Jasmin (with Milenko Lazic & Dubravka Sekulic) (2014). “Balkan-ness in transition: Cliches vs. Varieties in the Yugosphere.” Presented (via Skype) at a one-day symposium at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland. April 25, 2014.
Mujanović, Jasmin (with Reuf Bajrović & Darko Brkan) (2014). “The Effect of the Bosnian Spring on the General Elections.” Presented at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York City, NY. April 3rd, 2014.
Mujanović, Jasmin (with Dr. Dario Cepo, Dr. Anna DiLellio & Tanya L. Domi) (2014). "A New Balkans? Challenges of Democratization in the Former Yugoslavia." Presented at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York City. March 4th, 2014.
Mujanović, Jasmin (with Nidzara Ahmetasevic & Janusz Bugajski) (2014). "Ongoing Political Unrest in Bosnia: Drivers of Change and Future Implications." Presented at the Elliott School of International Affairs of at George Washington University in Washington, DC. February 25th, 2014.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2014). “The Progressive Politics of Hip-Hop in Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Presented at the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, January 9-12th, 2014.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2013). “The Long Winter: Contesting Democracy in Post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Presented at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 45th Annual Convention, Boston, MA, November 21-24th, 2013.
Mujanović, Jasmin (with Dr. Azra Akšamija & Dr. Susan C. Pearce) (2013). “Can Culture be Shut Down? Bosnia's Cultural Institutions and World Heritage.” Presented at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC. September 20th, 2013.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2013). “Hip-Hop as Critical Social Theory in Post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina.” Presented at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, April 4th-7th, 2013.
Mujanović, Jasmin (2012).“Reclaiming the Political in Bosnia: A Critique of the Legal-Rational Nightmare of Bosnian Statehood.” Presented at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference at Brown University in Providence, RI.
Mujanović, Jasmin (with Dr. Alison J. Ayers) (2009). “White Collar, Black Shirt? The Crises of Capitalism and the Specter of Global Fascism.” Presented at The Current Crisis and Political Futures symposium at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Center Campus, in Vancouver, BC.