Our people


Mladen Mrdalj is an assistant professor at the College of Economics and Administration in Belgrade and the founding director of the International Center for Governance Studies. He holds an LLB and an MA in Security Studies from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He earned his PhD in political science at Northeastern University in Boston with a dissertation on the collapse of Yugoslavia. Professor Mrdalj has been working on Northeastern University’s summer semester in the Balkans since 2010 as a lecturer and co-leader of the program. Beyond academia, he has worked in political risk consultancy and at the Belgrade-based Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD). At CIRSD, Dr. Mrdalj focused on the “Balkan Route” for Middle Eastern migrants in a joint project with the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies. In addition, Dr. Mrdalj also worked on an electoral campaign for the United Nations Secretary General and on a Serbian presidential election campaign. Most recently, Dr. Mrdalj was a visiting scholar at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. His academic interests include Balkan politics, theory of war, civil war, ethnic conflict, nationalism, and international relations.


Tijana Milosevic is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oslo focusing on social media policies, internet governance, and digital media use among children. She is a member of the European Union Kids Online research network. Her first monograph, “Protecting Children Online? Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies,” was published in the MIT Press Information Society Series. In her book, Dr. Milosevic focuses on policies and mechanisms that social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have in place to address digital bullying. She has also studied media coverage of cyberbullying in the US mainstream media and has previously conducted work on a range of topics from media coverage of the war in Iraq to climate change, public diplomacy, and the effect of copyright policies on the visual arts community in the US.

Professor Milosevic completed her PhD at American University in Washington, D.C.’s School of Communication. She obtained her MA in Media and Public Affairs from George Washington University, also in Washington. Her works have appeared in the Journal of Children and Media, New Media & Society, and Public Understanding of Science, among others. In addition to her experience in the US, she has also lectured in Serbia and worked outside of academia. Professor Milosevic has interned and worked at media organizations, such as the BBC and Radio Free Europe; public affairs and public diplomacy organizations like Fleishman-Hillard and The Public Diplomacy Council; and finally, at the French International School in Belgrade. During her time at the French International School in Belgrade, Milosevic served as a teacher with children aged 3 to 12, sparking her interest in understanding youth behavior, especially in reference to digital media.


Dr. Pennington holds his doctorate in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. He specializes in Russian and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS) language instruction, culture, and linguistic structure. He has done field work across the Balkans on sociolinguistics and dialectology, which has led to multiple publications in Scopus journals. In April 2019, Dr. Pennington published his first book as lead editor, And Thus You Are Honored Everywhere, a volume of linguistics papers in honor of Dr. Brian D. Joseph, his dissertation adviser and current President of the Linguistics Society of America. In addition, he has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Scando-Slavica and Russian Language Journal.

He has taught BCS at OSU, Pittsburgh, and Arizona State, and Russian at The Ohio State University and Western Post-Secondary School (Baltimore). Dr. Pennington is also an accomplished academic editor, having completed more than 50 academic volumes over the past 5 years.


Djuro Djuric is a professor at the College of Applied Studies of Economics and Administration in Belgrade, where he teaches three courses: Introduction to Law, Business Law, and Administrative Law. He holds an LLB from the University of Belgrade in Serbia, and an LLM in Business Law from the University of Montesquieu in Bordeaux, France. Professor Djuric conducted research at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and earned a PhD in law at the University of Belgrade with a dissertation on corporate bankruptcy and restructuring in Germany, France, and Serbia.

Professor Djuric has published articles on insolvency, European law, ecology, and privatization in both Serbian and international journals. He also co-edited a volume on business law and has served as a consultant for several government ministries and agencies in Serbia. Professor Djuric speaks French, German, and English, with an intermediate level of proficiency in Hungarian.


Nedim Hogic is a Bosnian lawyer and political analyst who joined ICGS as a professor of practice. He has worked for international organizations such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and USAID on international development and legal and political reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans at large. He has been active in developing political platforms and campaigns for liberal and left-leaning political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as a commentator on political developments for regional media outlets.

His research interests include corruption, international state-building, and the Europeanization of the Western Balkans. Professor Hogic holds an LLB from the University of Sarajevo and an LLM from Harvard Law School.


Tamara P. Trost holds a permanent position at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her research interests include nationalism and ethnic identity broadly, with a geographical focus on the Western Balkans, and qualitative methods in social sciences. She is working on several projects, including: the interplay between class and ethnic identity, sports nationalism and symbolic nation-building, the influence of institutions on collective memory and everyday identity, Europeanization, and LGBT issues.

She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University and an M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University. She has previously worked at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, and was a Fung Global Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Her most recent publication is a co-edited volume Changing Youth Values in Southeast Europe: Beyond Ethnicity (Routledge, 2018). Professor Trost will be the spring 2020 guest lecturer at the ICGS.


Damjan Krnjevic Miskovic served the United Nations as Senior Special Adviser to the President of the General Assembly after having served the Republic of Serbia as Foreign Policy Adviser to the first democratically elected president of Serbia and Senior Adviser to the country’s Foreign Minister. During this period, he performed the duties of principal speechwriter. A former Managing Editor of Washington, D.C.’s The National Interest and a Fellow in European Studies at the Nixon Center (now the Center for the National Interest), he has published essays in the Review of Metaphysics, the French journal Commentaire, the Journal of Democracy, and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, as well as National Review, the Weekly Standard, the Financial Times, and the Washington Post.

He is an alumnus of Middlebury College, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Program in National and International Security, the Bucerius School on Global Governance in Hamburg, and the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) in Shanghai. He was an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Assumption College and studied philosophy and political science at the graduate level at Boston University and Boston College under the mentorship of Stanley Rosen, contributing an essay on Plato’s Gorgias to a Festschrift in his teacher’s honor.


Maja Maksimovic holds a doctorate in political sciences from the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she holds a fellowship from the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Her thesis addressed the questions of the forcible displacement of population, collective identities, inter-ethnic relations, and nationalism in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maja received her LLB from the University of Belgrade and an MA degree in Southeast European Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has been a Research Associate at the South-East Europe Programme of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens since 2012.

Maja’s recent publications include themes such as collective memories, identities, and reconciliation in the countries of South-East Europe. Maja speaks Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, English, and intermediate Greek.


Dr. Marko Malovic is a tenured professor of international finance and economic theory at the Faculty of Business of the Educons University in Novi Sad, Serbia. He holds a BA in finance and banking and an MA in international economics from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He earned his PhD in international economics at the University of Belgrade after research conducted in Berlin at the Free University and Humbdolt University, while also specializing econometrics at Brandeis University (USA). Professor Malovic held visiting professorships and research fellowships in the UK (University of Reading and London School of Economics), Italy (SAA Torino) and the USA (Suffolk University, Boston).

Among other recognitions and achievements, professor Malovic was awarded the Sasakawa Young Leaders Scholarship, DAAD Scholarship, and the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences Scholarship. He was also a chief co-editor of Serbian edition of Krugman-Obstfeld’s International Economics textbook and co-editor of Serbian edition of Burda-Wyplosz’s The Economics of European Integration textbook. He has published extensively in the fields of international finance, European integration and open-economy macro in peer-reviewed Serbian as well as international professional journals, such as Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Industrija or International Business and Global Economy. Professor Malovic also consulted for the European Agency for Reconstruction, National Bank of Serbia, Yugoslav Central Bank, and the United Nations. He will be the Spring 2020 visiting lecturer at the ICGS.


Slavisa Tasic has a BA in economics from the University of Belgrade and a PhD from the University of Turin. He was a visiting scholar at Cornell University and George Mason University, associate professor of economics at the University of Mary, and held academic positions at European universities.

Dr. Tasic has published two books and a number of widely cited academic articles in the areas of behavioral economics, political economy and law & economics. His papers have been assigned as graduate-level readings at several American universities and quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal. He has also written on contemporary policy issues and worked as a consultant for companies, governments and international organizations in the areas of economic growth and international development.


Nikola Ilic currently works as an independent leadership and strategy development consultant with the US Department of Transportation and the World Bank. He is an expert in leadership, strategy development and organizational development, with experience span of 12 years in both the public and private sectors and includes organizational and workforce development, leadership development, strategic planning and execution.

His experience in the private sector included management positions in several large companies. During the course of his private sector career, Nikola cofounded and led several non-profit organizations with a focus on leadership development. In 2009, he has co-founded NGO Serbia on the Move, which became one of the most influential leadership development organizations in the region. He participated and led many leadership development campaigns and training workshops collaboration with USAID and other donors. In 2016, Nikola was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, teaching alongside Professor Marshall Ganz, in organizing, leadership, strategy and change management. He is also a Strategy lead of the Pan-European progressive movement Volt Europa, and a board member of several organizations.

Nikola holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a BS in Marketing from Hult International Business School in London. He is fluent in Serbo-Croatian, English and speaks basic Spanish.