am a political scientist interested in the processes of nation- and
state-building, immigrant and refugee incorporation policies, the
politicization of cultural differences, and political development.
After completing my Ph.D. at Yale University in 2008, I joined the
George Washington University faculty in fall 2009 as an Assistant
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs. Here I teach
courses on Nationalism, European Integration, Nation-Building in the
Balkans, and Qualitative Research Methods. For 2008-2009 and 2011-2012
academic years, I was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for
International and Area Studies.
My book,The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge
University Press), identifies the conditions in which the ruling
political elites of a state target non-core groups with assimilationist
policies instead of granting them minority rights or excluding them
from the state. The theory is tested against a variety of alternative
explanations on multiple levels of analysis: a dataset of
nation-building policies towards all politically relevant non-core
groups in the Balkans after WWI, archival evidence on case studies
focusing on the treatment of a few non-core groups over time, and a
microlevel subnational study of a religiously, culturally, and
linguistically heterogeneous province.
I am currently working on a second book project--tentatively entitled The Politics of Ethnic Return Migration--
which focuses on state policies developed either to attract and/or to
incorporate people returning to their country of origin, allegiance, or
My recent publications include an article on China's policies toward ethnic groups forthcoming in Security Studies (with
Enze Han), an edited volume chapter on ethnic return migration policy
and the right to freedom of movement, an article on third-party
state-building in occupied territories in Ethnopolitics (with Keith Darden), and an article on Greece in the Political Data Yearbook of the European Journal of Political Research (with G.Th. Mavrogordatos).