I am a visiting professor at the Department of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University. As a former refugee from Bosnia, my engaged work is often motivated by the conflicts surrounding the demise of the former Yugoslavia—the result of which was gross, often unquantifiable violations of human rights, and the forceful displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. My research focuses on moral, political and environmental challenges tied with the forceful displacement and migration of people, particularly by examining both the sociohistorical and political contexts of human vulnerability and exclusion (contexts such as gender, race, poverty, violence, colonialism, environmental degradation, climate change, etc.). I am also engaged with humanitarian Non-Profit and Non-Government communities in Serbia, Greece and Turkey, and serve as an advisor for various student organizations that deal with humanitarianism and social justice in Michigan and abroad. I’ve been working with ROC since 2016. Combining our passion for immigrant and refugee integration with practical demands for initiatives designed to offer opportunities to integration, work and education for asylum seekers both in Michigan and abroad.
I am an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Central Michigan University. My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, with specific focus on civil war, forced migration and transitional justice. My teaching is what inspired the ROC CMU chapter's founding members to continue their education about forced migration and advocate for those who have been displaced. As the adviser of both CMU's Amnesty International and ROC chapters, I am dedicated to empowering students to continue the fight against human rights violations.