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    PhD, History, Boston College, May 2009
    Thesis: The Search for a Communist Legitimacy: Tito’s Yugoslavia
    Advisor: Larry Wolff, New York University, Department of History

    MA, History, Boston College, December 2006
    1. Eastern Europe 2. Modern Europe
    3. International Relations 4. Germany since Bismarck

    MA, History, Arizona State University, August 2004
    Thesis: Life and Death of an Army: Yugoslavia, 1945–1995
    Advisor: Stephen Batalden, Arizona State University, Department of History

    BA, Summa Cum Laude, History, Arizona State University Barrett Honors College, December 2000 (Minor in German)
    Thesis: Helmets, Plowshares, and Burghers: Conflict between Military & Society in
    Imperial Germany
    Advisor: Gerald Kleinfeld, Arizona State University, Department of History


    ¡Vamos a Avanzar!: The Chaco War and Bolivia’s Political Transformation, 1899–1952 (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press). Under contract, 2018.

    The Search for a Cold War Legitimacy: Tito’s Yugoslavia, 1945–1975 (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018).

    When East Met West: World History through Travelers’ Perspectives (Reading, MA: Trebarwyth Press, 2010).

    Beginner’s Croatian (New York: Hippocrene Books, 2009). With Aida Vidan.

    Beginner’s Serbian (New York: Hippocrene Books, 2009). With Aida Vidan.
    *Second Edition issued in 2017, retitled as Beginner’s Serbian with Online Audio.

    Language and Travel Guide to Croatia (New York: Hippocrene Books, 2009). With Bernd Scherak.

    Articles and Book Chapters
    “From Peasant to Patriot: The Chaco War and Veteran Mobilization” in War and its
    Aftermath: Veteran Treatment and Reintegration in Post-War Societies, Frank Jacob and Stefan Karner, eds., (Paderborn, Germany: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2018). Forthcoming.

    “Economic Conquest of the Pacific: Revisiting the Tacna-Arica Plebiscite of 1925–6,”
    Journal of World History, (forthcoming).

    “The Road to the Chaco War: Bolivia’s Modernisation in the 1920s,”
    War & Society 37:2 (May 2018), pp. 96–107.

    “Enlarging Yugoslavia: Tito’s Quest for Expansion, 1945–48,” European History Quarterly 47:2 (April 2017), pp. 284–310.

    “Between Victors and Vanquished: Wehrmacht Prisoners of War in Yugoslavia,” Journal of Slavic Military Studies 29:1 (March 2016), pp. 1–21.

    “Nonalignment: Yugoslavia’s Answer to Bloc Politics,” Journal of Cold War Studies 13:1 (Winter 2011), pp. 146-69.

    “A Struggle for the Hearts and Minds: Ideology and Yugoslavia’s Third Way to Paradise.” Connections: Annual European History Review, 4 (2008), pp. 18–30.

    “Yugoslavia: The Final Showdown.” Small Wars and Insurgencies, 18:3 (September 2007), pp. 381–97.

    “The Dynamics of Constitutionalism and Legality in Titoist Yugoslavia.” Hindsight, 1:1 (Spring 2007), pp. 69–93.

    “War in Slovenia: Doctrine and Defeat.” Journal of Slavic Military Studies, 19:3 (September 2006), pp. 489–513.

    “Death of the Yugoslav People’s Army and the Wars of Succession.” Polemos: Časopis za interdisciplinarna istraživanja rata i mira (Journal of Interdisciplinary Research on War and Peace), 7:13–14 (December 2004), pp. 91–107.

    Book Reviews & Newspaper Articles
    Review of Paul Mojzes, “Yugoslavian Inferno. Ethnoreligious Warfare in the Balkans,” Südosteuropa (2018).

    “What the Cold War can Teach us about North Korea,” Arizona Republic (8 January 2018), p. 12A.

    Review of Mirna Zakić, “Ethnic Germans and National Socialism in Yugoslavia in World War II,” Austrian History Yearbook (2018).

    Review of André Gerolymatos, “An International Civil War: Greece, 1943–1949,” H-War, H-NET Review (June 2017), (

    Review of F. Bieber, A. Galojas & R. Archer, eds., “Debating the End of Yugoslavia,” Canadian Slavonic Papers 57:1–2 (March–June 2015), pp. 145–146.

    Review of Mila Dragojević, “The Politics of Social Ties: Immigrants in an Ethnic Homeland,” Canadian Slavonic Papers 56:3–4 (September–December 2014), p. 368.

    Review of Gerd Horten, “Sailing in the Shadow of the Vietnam War: The GDR Government and the “Vietnam Bonus” of the Early 1970s” German Studies Review 36:3 (October 2013). Connections: Annual European Studies Review, (2014), pp. 131–33.

    Review of Michael Chapman, “Fidgeting Over Foreign Policy: Henry L. Stimson and the Shenyang Incident, 1931” Journal of Diplomatic History. H-Diplo, H-NET Review. (

    Review of Nicholas Vaugh-William, “Border Politics: The Limits of Sovereign Power,” H-World, H-NET Review. (

    Review of James Pettifer, “The Kosova Liberation Army: Underground War to Balkan
    Insurgency, 1948‒2001,” Canadian Slavonic Papers 56: 1–2 (March–June 2014), pp. 172–3.

    Review of Isabelle Delpha et al., “Investigating Srebenica,” Canadian Slavonic Papers 55: 3–4 (September 2013), pp. 528–529.

    Review of Swanee Hunt, “Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security,” Canadian Slavonic Papers 54:1–2, (March–June 2012), p. 258.

    Review of Stevan Pawlovitch, “Hitler’s New Disorder: The Second World War in Yugoslavia,” Canadian Slavonic Papers 53:1, (March, 2011), p. 92.

    “Barack Obama: Vođa trećeg svijeta,” Dnevni List, 6 studeni 2012, p. 17. (Daily newspaper, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina). In Bosnian.

    Review of Christine R. Johnson, “The German Discovery of the World: Renaissance Encounters with the Strange and Marvelous,” World History Connected (June, 2010).

    “Carstvo etničkog ključa,” Dnevni List, 9 November 2008, p. 21. (Daily newspaper, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina). In Bosnian.

    Review of Ian King and Whit Mason, “Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo,” Balkan Academic News, February 2007.

    Review of David Glantz, “Red Storm Over the Balkans,” H-War, H-Net Reviews, October 2007. (

    Review of Peter Joachim Lapp, “Vincenz Müller: Eine deutsche Karriere,” H-German, H-Net Reviews, July 2005. (


    “Toward Nonalignment: The Improbable and Fateful Intersection of Yugoslavia and
    China, 1948–53,” journal article submitted November 2017 and under review at Cold War History. With Zvonimir Stopić, Capital Normal University (China), and David Pickus, Zhejiang University (China).

    “Prisoners of the Chaco: The Bolivian Experience of Captivity,” journal article submitted
    to War in History, pending revisions as of August 2018.

    From Prisoners to Nation Builders: Legacies of the Chaco War, book project to be
    completed in 2019.

    A View from the Other Side: Tito, Mao, and the Politics of the Cold War, book project
    with Zvonimir Stopić, Capital Normal University (China), and David Pickus,
    Zhejian University (China).
    *Accepted for review at University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Yugoslavia in the Forbidden City: Tito’s China Visit in Perspective,” ASEEES Annual Conference (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, formerly AAASS), (Boston, MA 6–8 December 2018).

    Discussant for “The Rekindling of the Sino-Yugoslavian Relations,” ASEEES Annual Conference, (Boston, MA 6–8 December 2018).

    “Bolivian Prisoners and Postwar Reconstruction,” Annual Drescher Lecture, Barrett, The Honors College (scheduled fall 2018).

    “Vladimir Dedijer and Yugoslav View of the East,” Melikian Center Talk, ASU (scheduled spring 2019)

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