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2016 Ph.D. in History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL (USA)

2008 M.A. in History
Central European University
Budapest (Hungary)

2007 B.A. in History and International Affairs
Lafayette College
Easton, PA (USA)

Professional Experience

2019- Assistant Professor of History
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

2016-19 Research Associate, Empires of Memory MPI Research Group
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity

2015-16 Instructor (Urban History)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

2011-12 Instructor (Global Studies)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

2010-12 Teaching Assistant (Western Civilization)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL



"What's off-centre of empire? Introduction to the special issue (co-authored with Giulia Carabelli)"
Cultural Studies
Online-first, forthcoming in print 2020


"Laudon's Garden: Habsburg Legacy and the Warped Space of Empire"
History of the Present
Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 28-45


"Introduction to the Special Section Empire Off-Center (co-authored with Giulia Carabelli)"
History of the Present
Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 5-8


"Sharpening the Haze: Visual Essays on Imperial History and Memory"
London: Ubiquity Press
co-edited with Giulia Carabelli, Annika Kirbis and Jeremy F. Walton


"Whitewashed Empire: Historical Narrative and Place Marketing in Vienna"
History & Anthropology
Vol. 30, No . 4, pp. 460-476


"Bourgeois Worlds and Urban Nightmares: The post-Ottoman Balkan City through the Lens of Milutin Uskoković's Newcomers"
Urban Cultural Studies
No. 5 Vol. 2, pp. 187-206


"The City in Our Hands: Urban Management and Contested Modernity in Nineteenth Century Belgrade"
Urban History
Vol. 40 No. 1 pp. 32-50


"Taming the Tavern: Social Space and Government Regulation in 19th Century Belgrade"
Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju - Annual for Social History
Year XVI Vol. 3 pp. 57-68

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2015 Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Graduate Fellow

2013 Social Science Research Council
International Dissertation Research Fellowship

2013 American Research Center in Sofia
Research Fellow

2012 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mary Jane Luecker Graduate Fellow

2010 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summer Dissertation Proposal Grant

2008 European University Institute
Marc Bloch Prize in Early Modern and Modern European History

2008 Central European University
Academic Pro-Rectors Excellence Award

Presentations and Lectures

2019 Waterfront: a post-Ottoman post-socialist story
Screening and discussion, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne

2019 Waterfront: a post-Ottoman post-socialist story
Screening and Roundtable, Center for Policy Studies and CEU Yugo-Region Research Group, Central European University, Budapest

2019 Refractive Nostalgia: Ottoman Urban Space and Memory in Belgrade and Sofia, 1850-1939
Liberalism and its Critics Workshop, Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen

2018 The History of Property & Housing in Belgrade and Sofia
Urbanize! Conference, dérive - Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, Berlin

2018 Nostalgic Refractions: Photography, Image and Memory in the post-Ottoman Balkan City
European Association for Urban History Conference, Rome

2017 Bourgeois World-Building in the Balkan City
Urban World-Making Conference, ASCA City Project, University of Amsterdam

2017 Whitewashed Empire: Historical Narrative and Place Marketing in Vienna
Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference, New York

2016 Excavating the archive: Non-normative histories and heterodox linkages in the Balkan city
Thinking Gender and Sexuality After Empire and Socialism Workshop, MPI Göttingen

2015 Cities of Dust and Mud: Loss and Dispossession in Belgrade and Sofia (1830-1912)
Places of Amnesia, CRASSH, University of Cambridge

2015 Modernizing Belgrade and Sofia: The Experience of Reconstruction in the Balkans (1830-1912)
Institut d'ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative. Aix-en-Provence

2012 Empire, military and modern urbanism in Habsburg Sarajevo and Russian Sofia (1878-9)
European Association for Urban History Conference, Prague

2012 The lifeworlds of masons and butchers in the City Beautiful
European Society for the History of Human Sciences Conference, Belgrade

2011 The Military City: Emergence of modern urbanism in Sarajevo and Sofia, 1878-79
Midwest Historians of East Central Europe Workshop

2008 Urban Reconstruction in Late Ottoman Belgrade: De-Ottomanization and Questioning Cosmopolitanism
Living Together: Plurality and Cosmopolitanism in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond Summer Academy, Istanbul

Community Activities


Urban Agriculture and Political Ecology -- A Historical Perspective
Petnica Science Center, Valjevo


Urban and/or Bourgeois History? The Study of Balkan City Life as Critique
Social Center Haspel, Sofia


Intro to Urban Studies - Weeklong public course employing self-education and critical pedagogy methods
Kabinet Social Center, Belgrade


Belgrade Chronicle Television Interview by Nataša Ristić
Radio Television of Serbia, Channel 1


Teheran in My Vehicle: Historical Memory, Urban Development and Socially-Responsible Public Transportation
Mikser Public Festival, Belgrade


Open Urbanism Manifesto, author
Imamo Plan activist group, Belgrade


Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian-Montenegrin native

Bulgarian fluent

German research

Spanish research

Italian research

Russian can read with dictionary

Turkish can read with dictionary