Urbana, IL 61801
I study the economic and cultural projects of Socialist Yugoslav internationalism. My book manuscript addresses the tension between Yugoslavia’s progressive economic and political vision of a post-colonial world and the way cooperation with states in the Global South helped mark the state as modern, European, and white. Using archival sources, interviews, and cultural texts, my manuscript offers an ethnographic study of the experiences of both Yugoslav development experts in the Global South and postcolonial partners in Yugoslavia as they navigated questions of unequal development, Cold War politics, racism, and the prospects of socialist and non-aligned solidarity.
I have a broader interest in themes of race and racialization in the Yugoslav and East European regions. My book manuscript, other writings, and pedagogy seek to place Southeastern Europe in a global context that accounts for the complex ways global racial formations shape people’s identities in the region. I do this particularly in the context of Cold War-era development projects and East-South solidarity politics.
Socialist Yugoslavia; Socialist Internationalism; Postcolonial Studies; Race and Racialization in Eastern Europe; Cold War Development Aid; State Socialism
“Challenging Yugoslavia's Internationalist Exceptionalism” in Re-imagining the Balkans: How to Think and Teach a Region: Festschrift in Honor of Professor Maria N. Todorova (Amsterdam: De Gruyter, 2023), 269-278.
"'Are there racists in Yugoslavia?' Debating Racism and Anti-blackness in Socialist Yugoslavia" Slavic Review 81, no. 2 (Summer 2022), 418-441.
“Between the Market and Solidarity: Development Aid and International Higher Education in Non-Aligned Yugoslavia,” Nationalities Papers 49, no. 3 (May 2021), 462-482.