Keith s. Brown

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The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies

Arizona State University, Coor Hall 4451, Tempe AZ 85287-4202 (480) 965 2830


Ph.D. University of Chicago, (Anthropology), 1995.

B.A. Oxford University (Literae Humaniores, First Class Honours), 1989.

Professional Appointments

2017- Director, The Melikian Center and Professor of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University

2014- Adjunct Professor of International Studies, Brown University

2015-2017 Director of Post-doctoral and Undergraduate Public Policy Programs; Faculty Fellow; and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Thomas J. Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University.

2010-2014 Director, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI). (Half-time administrative appointment)

1999-2014 Assistant (1999-2006), Associate (2006-2012) and Full (2012-) Professor (Research), Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University.

1996-1999 Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Wales Lampeter.

1995-1996 Visiting Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College.

Research and Teaching Interests

Political Anthropology; Nationalism and ethnicity; Post-conflict Intervention and Democracy Promotion; Violence and its alternatives: Transnational and global ethnography; Film, activism and anthropology; South-Eastern Europe and former Ottoman Empire.

Books/Monographs (Authored and edited)

2014 Verni do Smrt: Doverbata i Terorot vo Revolucionerna Makedonija. Skopje: Foundation Open Society Macedonia ((Macedonian translation of Loyal Unto Death).

Post-Conflict Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach. London and New York: Routledge. (Co-edited with Chip Gagnon).

2013 Loyal Unto Death: Terror and Trust in Revolutionary Macedonia. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press.

2012 Makedonskite Deca-Dedovci: Transnacionalnata Politika na Memorijata, Egzilot I Vrakjaneto 1948-1998. Skopje: Foundation Open Society. Macedonia. (Macedonian translation of Macedonia’s Child-Grandfathers).

2010 Minatoto pod prašanje: moderna Makedonija i neizvesnostite na nacijata. Skopje: Euro-Balkan Press. (Macedonian translation of The Past in Question).

2006 Transacting Transition: The Micropolitics of Democracy Assistance in the former Yugoslavia. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Books. (edited).

2003 The Past in Question: Modern Macedonia and the Uncertainties of Nation. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories (co-edited with Y. Hamilakis). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003.

Macedonia’s Child-Grandfathers: The Transnational Politics of Memory, Exile and Return 1948-1998. Donald W. Treadgold Papers series, No. 38, Seattle: University of Washington.

2002 Ohrid and Beyond: A Cross-ethnic Investigation into the Macedonian Crisis (co-edited with Paulette Farisides, Saso Ordanoski and Agim Fetahu). London: Institute of War and Peace Reporting, 2002. Ž

b) Chapters in books

... Burek, Da! Sociality, Context, and Idiom in Macedonia and Beyond. For David Montgomery (ed.) Everyday Life in the Balkans. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (under review for planned publication 2017).

… Diplomacy and International Relations. In Callan, Hilary (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell (In press)

2016 Introduction. In Damjanovska, Jasmina, Lenina Žila, and Filip Petroski (eds.) Ilindenski Svedoštva (Ilinden Testimonies) National Archive of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje. Book 1, Volume 1: xxii-xli.

2015 How Trauma Travels: Oral History’s Means and Ends. In Victor Friedman and Jim Hlavac (eds.) Macedonian Matters: From the Partition and Annexation of Macedonia in 1913 to the Present. Munich: Kubon and Sagner, 65-86; and in Dimitris Stamatopoulos (ed.) Balkan Nationalism(s) and the Ottoman Empire, Volume 2: Political Violence and the Balkan Wars. Istanbul: The Isis Press, 127-142.

2014 The Sum of Tiny Things: Civil Society, Democracy Promotion and The Ugly American in Macedonia, 1995-2004. In Chip Gagnon and Keith Brown (eds.) Post-Conflict Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach. London and New York: Routledge: 182-197.

‘Ξεκληριζοντας τη βουλγαρικη φυλη:’ Μισος, καθηκον και διαπλαση του εθνικου εαυτου στον Β. Βαλκανικo Πολεμο. (Expanded version of ‘Wiping out the Bulgar race:’ Hatred, Duty and National Self-Fashioning in the Second Balkan War.) In Effi Plexousaki (ed Μεταμορφώσεις του εθνικισμού: Επιτελέσεις της συλλογικής ταυτότητας στην Ελλάδα (Metamorphoses of Nationalism: Performances of Collective Identity in Greece). Athens: Alexandreia, 77-110.

2013 ‘Wiping out the Bulgar race:’ Hatred, Duty and National Self-Fashioning in the Second Balkan War. In Omer Bartov and Eric Weitz (eds.) Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian and Ottoman Borderlands. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 298-316.

2011 Everywhere and Everthrough: Rethinking Aidland. In Heather Hindman and Anne-Meike Fechter (eds.) Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland. Stylus/Kumarian Press, 107-130.

2009 Sovereignty After Socialism at Europe’s New Borders. In Luise White and Douglas Howland (eds.) The State of Sovereignty: Territories, Laws, Populations. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 196-221

2006 The New Ugly Americans? Making Sense of Democracy. Promotion in the Former Yugoslavia. In Keith Brown (ed.) Transacting Transition: The Micropolitics of Democracy Assistance in the former Yugoslavia. Stylus/Kumarian Press: 1-22. (Also two co-authored chapters in the same volume)

2005 Samuel Huntington, Meet the Nuer: Kinship, Local Knowledge and the Clash of Civilizations. In Hugh Gusterson and Catherine Besteman (eds.) Why America's Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back. Berkeley: University of California Press, 43-59.

2004 Villains and Symbolic Pollution in the Narratives of Nation: The Case of Boris Sarafov. In M. Todorova (ed.) Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory. New York: New York University Press, 233-252.

2003 The Cupboard of the Yesterdays? Perspectives on the Usable Past (co-authored with Yannis Hamilakis). In K.S. Brown and Y. Hamilakis (eds.) The Usable Past: Greek Metahistories. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 1-21.

The Macedonian Question. In Imogen Bell (ed.) Central and South-Eastern Europe. London: Europa, 4th edition, 48-52.

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: History. In Imogen Bell (ed.) Central and South-Eastern Europe. (London: Europa, 4th edition, 416-420.

2002 Wechselnde Staaten: Die Ambivalenz von Ethnizitat in einer makedonischen Stadt (Changing states: The ambivalence of ethnicity in a Macedonian town). In U. Brunnbauer (ed.) Umstrittene Identitaeten: Ethnizitaet und Nationalitaet in Suedosteuropa. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 63-96.

Macedonian Culture on Trial: Notes from a Pennsylvania Courthouse, 1948. In Studii za Makedonskiot jazik, literatura i kultur - 4 [Studies in Macedonian language, literature and culture 4]. Skopje: Universitet “Sveti Kiril i Metodij,” 221-36.

2000 Introduction: Macedonian Inflections (co-authored with J.K. Cowan). In J.K. Cowan (ed.) Macedonia: The Politics of Identity and Difference. London: Pluto Press, 1-27.

In the Realm of the Double-Headed Eagle: Parapolitics in Macedonia 1994-1999. In J.K. Cowan (ed.) Macedonia: The Politics of Identity and Difference. London: Pluto Press, 122-139.

Would the Real Nationalists Please Step Forward: Destructive Narration in Macedonia. In H. De Soto and N. Dudwick (eds.) Fieldwork Dilemmas: Anthropologists in Postsocialist States. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 31-48.

A Rising to Count On: Ilinden Between Politics and History in Post-Yugoslav Macedonia. In V. Roudometof (ed.) The Macedonian Question: Culture, Historiography, Politics. Boulder, CO: East European Monographs, 143-172.

1998 Contests of Heritage and the Politics of Preservation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In L. Meskell (ed.) Archaeology Under Fire: Culture and Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean. London & New York: Routledge, 68-86.

Macedonian Culture and its Audiences: An Analysis of Before the Rain. In F. Hughes-Freeland (ed.) Ritual, Performance, Media. London & New York: Routledge, 160-176.

1997 s

s [Between state and countryside: Krushevo from 1903 to the present]. In B. Gounaris, I. Mihailidis and G. Angelopoulos (eds.) s[Identities in Macedonia]. Athens: Papazisis, 171-96.

1996 Krushevo 1903: Re-reading an Eyewitness Account. Studii za Makedonskiot jazik, literatura i kultura [Studies in Macedonian language, literature and culture]. Skopje: Universitet “Sveti Kiril i Metodij,” 243-53.

1993 Bitkata na Mečkin Kamen: Eden Nastan, Povekje Značenja. (The Struggle on Mečkin Kamen: One event, Many meanings). In Gjorgji Caca, Ivan Katardžiev and Krste Bitovski (eds.) Prilozi Za Ilinden VII. Kruševo, Macedonia, 157-162 (Co-authored with Jovan Donev).

c) refereed journal articles.

2017 Funds, Fervor and Freedom: Tracking the Macedonian Revolutionary Organization's revenue stream through the U.S. National Archives. Balkanistica 30(2):

2015 Friction in the Archives: On “Macedonians,” Macedonians and the Ottoman Transatlantic. Balkanistica 28:41-64.

Order, Reputation and Narrative: Forms of State Violence in Late Socialist Macedonia. European History Quarterly 45(2) 295–314.

2010 From the Balkans to Baghdad (via Baltimore): Labor Migration and the Routes of Empire. Slavic Review 69/4 (December): 816-839.

2009 Evaluating U.S Democracy Promotion in the Balkans: Ironies, Inconsistencies and Unexamined Influences. Problems of Post-Communism 56/3 (May/June): 3-15.

2008 All They Understand is Force: Debating Culture in Operation Iraqi Freedom. American Anthropologist 110/4 (November): 443-453.

Archive-work: Genealogies of loyalty in a Macedono-Bulgarian colony. History and Memory 20/2 (Fall/Winter): 60-83.

2007 Grunt Lit: The Participant Observers of Empire. Co-authored with Catherine Lutz. American Ethnologist 34/2: 322-328.

2005 The Knowable City: Interpretation, Science, and Activism in Urban Anthropology. Ethnologia Balkanica 9: 25-42.

2004 Others’ Others: Talking about Stereotypes and Constructions of Otherness in Southeast Europe (co-authored with Dimitrios Theodossopoulos). Introduction to co-edited special issue of History and Anthropology 15/1: 3-14.

2003 Rearranging Solidarity: Conspiracy and World Order in Greek and Macedonian Commentaries of Kosovo (co-authored with Dimitrios Theodossopoulos). Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans 5/3: 315-335.

2001 Beyond Ethnicity: The Politics of Urban Nostalgia in Modern Macedonia. Journal of Mediterranean Studies 11/2: 417-442.

2000 The Performance of Anxiety: Greek Narratives of War in Kosovo (co-authored with Dimitrios Theodossopoulos). Anthropology Today 16/1: 3-8.

1999 Marginal Narratives and Shifty Natives: Ironic Ethnography as Anti-Nationalist Discourse. Anthropology Today 15/1: 13-16.

1998 Whose Will be Done? Nation and Generation in a Macedonian Family. Social Analysis 42/1: 109-130.

1995 Political Realities and Cultural Specificities in Contemporary Macedonian Jokes. Western Folklore 54/3: 197-212.

1994 Seeing Stars: Character and Identity in the Landscapes of Modern Macedonia. Antiquity 68: 784-96. Selected for reprinting in Landscapes from Antiquity, 2001.
d) non-refereed journal articles.

2015 Questioning Individualism. In Anthropology’s Contributions to Training in the Policy Professions: An Association for the Anthropology of Policy Roundtable. Political and Legal Anthropology Review 38/2 (359-361).

Partial Wars. Political and Legal Anthropology Review 38/1 (May): 168-178.

2009 A Response to the Interview with Mr. Gjorge Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia. Southeastern Europe 34: 1-9

Do We Know How Yet? Insider Perspectives on International Democracy Promotion in the Western Balkans. Southeastern Europe 33 (July): 1-25.

2008 The After-Life of Projects: Mapping Democracy Promotion in the Western Balkans and Beyond. EES News, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (May-June): 1-4.

An Interview with Milcho Manchevski. World Literature Today 82/1: 12-15.

2005 The Ethnography of Democracy Promotion: An Opportunity and a Challenge. Anthropology News 46/8: 26-7.

Principle, Pragmatism and Political Capital: Assessing Macedonia’s Leadership, 1992-2004.” East European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Meeting Report 310 (2005). Also online at

2002 Macedonia: Reading the Right Script. World Defence Systems 4:1 (2002): 120-122.

2001 Introduction to Homelands in Question: Paradoxes of Memory and Exile in South-Eastern Europe. Balkanologie V: 1 & 2 (2001): 143-152.

2000 Balkan Commentary, Part 2. Anthropology News 41:5 (2000): 71-2.

1993 “Mechina usluga na Mechkin Kamen” [“Mechkin Kamen, an unreliable servant”]. Puls 135, 20 (co-authored with Jovan Donev).
e) Special Journal Issues Edited.

2010 Challenging Crossroads: Macedonia in Global Perspective. Slavic Review Volume 69 No. 4 (co-edited with Victor Friedman and Susan Woodward)

2009 How (Not) to Export Civil society. Journal of Southeastern Europe Volume 33 No. 1, July.

2004 Stereotypes and Otherness in Southeast Europe. History and Anthropology Volume 15 No. 1, March(co-edited with Dimitrios Theodossopoulos).

2001 Homelands in Question: Paradoxes of Memory and Exile in South-Eastern Europe. Balkanologie Volume V. Nos. 1 & 2, December.

f) book reviews

2017 Srećko Horvat and Igor Štiks (eds.). Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia. Featured Review in Slavic Review 76(1), Spring: 205-209.

2016 Keith Doubt, Through the Window: Kinship and Elopement in Bosnia-Herzegovina. CEU Press, 2015. In Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 45(6), September: 594-596.

2015 Kenneth McLeish, Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community. Princeton University Press, 2013. In Great Plains Research. 25(2), Fall: 180-181.

2012 Theodora Dragostinova, Between Two Motherlands: Nationality and Emigration among the Greeks of Bulgaria, 1900–1949. Cornell University Press, 2011. In Slavic Review 71 (3), Fall: 679-680.

2012 Edward Schatz (ed.), Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power. University of Chicago Press, 2009. In Nationalities Papers 40 (2): 274-277.

2010 Kimberley Coles, Democratic Designs: International Intervention and Electoral Practices in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. University of Michigan Press, 2007. In POLAR (Political and Legal Anthropology Review 33(2), Fall: 384-386.

2009 Ioannis D. Stefanidis, Stirring the Greek Nation: Political Culture, Irredentism and Anti-Americanism in Post-War Greece, 1945-1967. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing Company. 2007. In American Historical Review, February: 245-6.

2008 Sarah Green, Notes from the Balkans: Locating Marginality and Ambiguity on the Greek-Albanian Border. Transforming Anthropology 16(1), Spring.

2006 Michael Herzfeld, Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State, Second edition. Routledge, 2005. In Journal of Anthropological Research 62: 578-9.

2005 Gretchen E. Schafft, From racism to genocide: anthropology in the Third Reich. Illinois, 2004. In Choice 43/1.

“Kinship and Nationalism” – Online review of Rogers Brubaker Ethnicity without Groups. HAPSBURG Discussion list, May 6 2005. Online at

Katherine Verdery, The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Post-socialist Transylvania. In Slavic Review 64/1: pp.179-80.

Jezernik, Bozidar.  Wild Europe: the Balkans in the gaze of western travellers.  Saqi Books/The Bosnian Institute, 2004. In Choice 42/7: p.1280.

2004 Pamela Ballinger, History in Exile: memory and identity at the borders of the Balkans. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 10/3: pp. 705-6.

Bjelic, D.I and O. Savic (eds.) Balkan as metaphor: between globalization and fragmentation. In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 10/2: 452-53.

2003 Tone Bringa and Peter Loizos, Returning Home: Revival of a Bosnian Village (film), in Nationalities Papers 31/3 (2003): 377-378.

James Fernandez and Mary Huber (eds.) Irony in Action: anthropology, practice and the moral imagination, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 9/2: 382.

2001 Joel Halpern & David Kideckel (eds.) Neighbors at War. Anthropological Perspectives on Yugoslav Ethnicity, Culture and History, In American Ethnologist 27/3.

2000 Panikos Panayi, An Ethnic History of Europe since 1945: Nations, States and Minorities, in The English Historical Review 115/463:1035-6.

C. Davies, Jokes and their relation to society, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 6/1: 172-3.

K. Kopping, ed.. The games of gods and man: essays in play and performance, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 6/1: 174-5.

1999 P. Mackridge and E. Yannakakis eds. Ourselves and Others: The development of a Greek Macedonian cultural identity since 1912, in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 23: 347-349.

1998 K. Fog Olwig and K. Hastrup, eds., Siting Culture: The shifting anthropological subject, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 4(3): 600-601.

George A. Kourvetaris, Studies on Greek Americans, on H-Ethnic, H-Net Reviews, [March]. (URL:

1997 L. Danforth, The Macedonian Conflict: Ethnic Nationalism in a Transnational World, in Hellenika 47 (1997), pp. 197-201.

“Geertz and Schneider on Location,” review of C. Geertz, After the Fact and D. Schneider and R. Handler, Schneider on Schneider, in Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 33:1 (1997), pp. 83-6.

1996 S. Woodward, Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution After the Cold War, in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 548 (1996), pp. 220-1.

1995 Response to George Phillipov, “Macedonia then and now: a comment on Brown.” Antiquity 69 (1995), p. 383.

1990 Peter Sahlins, Boundaries: The Making of France and Spain in the Pyrenees, in Chicago Anthropology Exchange 19 (1990), pp. 121-3.

g) Other publications

2016 Things I have Learned Reading Theses on the Hill. Brown Faculty Bulletin, XVI/2, May, 16-20.

2015 AAA 2015 Preview: “The Actant Archive.”

(co-authored with Saygun Goksarikel)

Preface. In Dominic Stucker and Elena Lopez-Gunn (eds.) Adaptation to Climate Change through Water resources Management: Capacity, Equity and Sustainability. London: Earthscan, xxix-xxx (co-authored with Leah VanWey.)

2014 Going Global, Together: The BIARI story so far. Brown Faculty Bulletin, XIV/2, June, 6-11.

2013 King’s words challenge Macedonia’s suspension of press freedoms. Globalpost,com, January.

2012 Preface. In Sašo Ordanoski et al. (eds.) Hostage Democracy: The Development of the Media Ownership Structure in the Republic of Macedonia. Transparency-Macedonia: Skopje, 9-15.

2010- Various video and text postings at

2009 Democracy on the ground: apathy, community and civil society., May.

2007 History repeats itself with US Surge Plan. International Relations and Security Network, January.

2003 Global Newsstand: Unraveling Europe’s Raj. Foreign Policy (November/December 2003): 84-5

2001 America Must Not Abandon the Balkans. Op-ed in Providence Journal, March 17 2001.

2000 Macedonia: Prevention Can Work. USIP Special Report 58: March. (With Edward Bestic and Kristine Herrman).
h) invited lectures

2015 "The Macedonian Revolutionary Organization after the Ilinden Uprising: Identity and Commitment in the Balkans and beyond." Mary Choncoff Memorial Endowed Lecture in Balkan Studies, Arizona State University, March.

2014 Invited Commentator on 1395 Days Without Red (Šejla Kamerić, 2011). Projections film series, RISD Museum. December.

“Regional Cultural Heritage: A Common History?” Keynote Address at EuroClio Conference “History Education Beyond Borders: How can we share our Cultural Heritage?” Ohrid, Macedonia, April.

2013 “How Trauma Travels.” Keynote address at “The Partition of Macedonia and the Balkan Wars of 1912-13.” Monash University, Australia, October.

“The Corporal at the Checkpoint: Force, Remorse and Responsibility in the Three-Block War.” Maxwell School, Syracuse University, April.

2012 “Reason, Riot and Ridicule: The Democratic Spirit in and after Yugoslavia. Second Annual McCloskey Lecture, Indiana University, Bloomington, April.

“Trading with the Enemy: How Albanians Armed Macedonia's Revolutionaries in 1903.” East European Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, February.

2011 “On Difference and Indifference: Empathy-work and manhood in the War in Afghanistan.” At “Engaging Afghanistan,” Watson Institute, Providence, RI May 5-7.

“Democracy or Ochlocracy in Macedonia? ‘Sultan-parties,’ ethnic power-sharing, and the attack on institutions.” At Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State, March 21.

2010 “Fixing Struga.” At workshop entitled “European Intervention and State-Building in the Balkans. “ Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, October 22-3.

“The Politics of Persistence and the Persistence of Politics in Macedonia. At Conference entitled “Macedonia Matters: Conflict, Coexistence and Euro-Atlantic Integration in the Southern Balkans.” Harriman Institute, Columbia University, October 15.

“Missionaries, Misfits and Mercenaries in Macedonia.” At workshop entitledInterdisciplinary Perspectives on Post-Conflict Studies: Missionization and Memorialization.” Workshop at Cornell University, April 23-24.

"On Anecdoctrine and its Alternatives." At conference entitled “Making Sense in Afghanistan: Interaction and Uncertainty in International Interventions” Ohio State University, April 9-10.

“Greek Gifts: Archaeophilia, Ochlocracy and Monochromatism in Contemporary Macedonia.” Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC and Columbia University, NYC, March.

2009 “The Oath and the Archive: Religious and Secular Mechanisms of Solidarity in Revolutionary Macedonia.” At workshop entitled “Spiritualities and Secularisms in Southeastern Europe,” Bowdoin College, October 23-24.

“‘Very faint, very human:’ Pathways of nation-building in Macedonia’s diaspora, 1903-1970.” Keynote address in conference entitled “New and Ambiguous Nation-Building Processes in Southeastern Europe.” Chisinau, Moldova, October 14-18.

“Threatening Civilians, Protecting Soldiers: Order, Obedience and ‘Escalation of Force’ in America’s Three-block Wars.” At workshop entitled “Issues in the Critical Study of Armed Forces and Militarization,” Brown University, May.

“The Politics of counter-centralization in the Former Yugoslavia.” Conference entitled “The European Union and State Building: Lessons for and from the Balkans,” University of Toronto, May.

“Threatening civilians: Order, Obedience and Otherness in America’s three-block wars.” Conference entitled “Reconsidering American Power,” University of Chicago, April.

“Of Devolution and Disillusion: Micropartition in Modern Macedonia” Center for International Studies, University of Chicago, April.

“Polluting Practices: Anthropology in/or Wartime.” Conference entitled “The Professor and the Spy: Area Studies and the Politics of Global Security,” Rutgers University, February.

2008 “The 'yellow peril' of the Caucasian race: Representations of Macedonian migrants in early twentieth-century America.” Conference entitled “Macedonian Identity Through History,” Institute for National History, Skopje, October.

Chains of accountability in US led nation-building.” Conference entitled “After Empire: Global Governance Today.” Brown University, June.

2007 “All They Understand is Force: Debating Culture in Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Conference entitled Pedagogy for the Long War: Teaching Irregular Warfare.” US Marine Corps Base, Quantico, October.

“Baltimore Drowning: A Slavic microhistory of global proportions.” Keynote address at 'Rethinking Crossroads: Macedonia in Global Context,' University of Chicago, March.

2006 “Deciphering Balkan Identities in the Ellis Island Archive” – at University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, March.

“Only Connect: Macedonia, Global Citizenship and the Clash of Civilizations” – at Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of California Berkeley, February.

2005 Participant in State Department Briefing for incoming Ambassador to Macedonia, Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic, July.

Keynote address “The Knowable City: Interpretation, Science, Activism” at the 3rd INASEA (International Association for Southeast European Anthropology) Conference, Belgrade, May.

“Foreign Influence on Balkan leadership: Political culture, political capital.” Presentation at CIA/State Department workshop on Balkan leadership, April.

“Principle, Pragmatism and Political Capital: Assessing Macedonia’s Leadership, 1992-2004” at East European Studies at Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, January.

2004 “The Structure of Loyalty in Revolutionary Macedonia” – Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford, October –November.

Invited Presentation at CHF/SAIS workshop on “Exploring Dynamics between Community-Driven Development and Conflict Management,”  February.

2003 “Start-up of Community Participatory Projects” United Nations Development Programme, Prishtina, Kosovo, May.

2001 “Human Rights in Macedonia”. The Oak Institute for Human Rights, Colby College, November.

“ Beyond Skopje: Patterns of interactions between government and local communities in Macedonia.” World Bank Social Development Initiative for South East Europe, Washington DC, February.

“Dancing with the Dead: Macedonia, VMRO and the Politics of the Past Today.” Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York, February.

2000 Panel Chair at “The Future of Macedonia” Workshop held in Mavrovo, Macedonia, sponsored by USIP and NDI, October 20-22.

“Balkan Brokers.” United States Institute of Peace, June.

1999 “Identities in Translation: A Macedonian case-study.” Manchester University Anthropology Seminar, February.

1998 “Traffic: the grand narrative significance of Balkan labour migration.” University College London Anthropology seminar, October.

“Determined Histories: Macedonia in the international arena.” East European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, September.

“Commentary on an address by Arben Xhaferi.” United States Institute for Peace Working Group on the Balkans, Washington DC, September.

h) Conference papers read and discussant comments delivered
2016 Discussant on panel “Perspectives on Skopje, Macedonia.” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Convention, November.

Discussant on panel “Author Meets Critics; Networked Regionalism and Conflict Management, by Anna Ohanyan.” New England Political Science Association Meetings, April 21-23, Newport RI.

Post-socialism, Anti-communism, and the Technologies of Populist Amnesia. At “Places of Amnesia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Forgotten Pasts.” April 5-6, University of Cambridge, UK.

2015 Engineered to Disinform: The Entangled Archive and the Limits of Transparency. On Panel entitled “The Actant Archive: On Surveillance, Subversion and Self-Fashioning,” (Co-organizer), Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Denver CO, November.

Sangfroid: Legislating the Temperature of Deadly Violence. Presented at Macedonian-North American Conference on Macedonian Studies, University of Chicago, November 12-14 2015; and at “Murder: Moral Panic, Mythos, Modernity.” August 1-2 2015, Mansfield College, Oxford.

U.S. Civil Military Relations: Dysfunction, Disconnect or Distraction? At “In and Out of Uniform: Civil-Military Relations Reconsidered.” Watson Institute/Naval War College, March.

Funds, Fervor and Freedom: Migration, Revolution and Macedonianism 1903-1920. At “The Age of the Komitadji: Entangled Histories and Political Sociology of Insurgencies in the Ottoman World (1870s-1920s),” University of Basel, January.

Discussant on panel “Greece and the First World War: Consequences in Local and Global Perspective.” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, NYC, January.

2014 The Precarious Past: Lustration and Victimhood “Post-” Socialism. At Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC, November.

Commentary on Guo Xiaolu’s We Went to Wonderland (2008) and Once Upon a Time Proletarian (2009). Second Chinese Women’s Documentary Symposium “Chinese Women’s Documentary Films: Globalization, Gender, and Differences” Brown University, October.

2013 Beli damka (Blank stains): On Anti-communism and Antecommunism. At “Nostalgia, Loss and Creativity: Political and Cultural Representations of the Past in South East Europe.” University of Copenhagen, December.

Participant in Anthropology of Policy Roundtable “Anthropology’s Contributions to Training in the Policy Professions.” Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November.

Discussant on panel “Voices of Suffering: National, Imperial and Humanitarian Causes in the Balkans.” Annual Meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Boston, November.

“’Unbridled in the Meadows: Self-Censorship and Trust-Maintenance in Late Yugoslav Macedonian Media.” At “Trust and Distrust in the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union, 1956-1991,” University College London, July.

2012 “‘Wiping out the Bulgar race:’ Hatred, Duty and National Self-Fashioning in the Second Balkan War.” At “Balkan Worlds: Ottoman Past and Balkan Nationalism.” University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, October 4-7.

“The science of fellow-feeling: Mapping Brains, Tracking things and Long-Distance Empathy.” Digital Society’s Day of Data, Brown University, May.

Discussant on panels “Generational dislocations: memory, morality and the politics of the future in post-Yugoslav spaces;” and “Transitions from Socialism.” Council for European Studies conference, Boston MA, March.

Discussant of Beijing Taxi (Miao Wang, 2010) at Symposium “Chinese Women's Documentaries in the Market Era,” Brown University, March.

2011 Panelist on “The Shifty Balkans? Debating Multinationality and Transient Loyalties in the (Post-) Ottoman Balkans. Annual Meetings of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, Washington DC, November.

“Empathy-work in wartime: Memoirs and Civilian-Military Relations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S.” At “Empathy: Self, Society, Culture,” Poynter Institute, Indiana University, November 9-11.

“Sorrows and Tomorrows: Reflections on Transnational Bachelorhood.” Conference entitled Global Relations: Kinship and Transnationalism, Brown University, March 18-19.

2010 “Threatening Civilians, Protecting Soldiers: Order, Obedience and ‘Escalation of Force’ in America’s Three-block Wars.” At Conference entitled “Counter-Insurgency and ‘Human Terrain:’ The Contested Sites of Contemporary Warfare.” Sciences-Po, Paris.

Discussant on panels “Borders and the Formation of Relationships of Exchange” and “Nationalism, Diasporas and the State in (the Former) Yugoslavia.” Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York City, April.

2009 “Friction in the Aid Chain: Accountability, Sustainability and Personhood in the US Democracy Promotion Business” Presented at American Anthropological Association Meetings, Philadelphia PA, November.

Discussant on Panel entitled “Security: Theory, Practice, Contradiction.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, Philadelphia PA, November.

2008 “Ironies, Inconsistencies and Unexamined Influences in US Democracy Promotion (and what scholars might do as well as pointing them out).” Presented at American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Philadelphia, November.

Discussant on Panel “Political Scientists Gone Astray: Bringing Ethnography into the picture.” Association for the Study of Nationalities, April.

2007 “Democracy as Career: Notes from the Professional Nation-building circuit.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington DC, November.

“Front Line, First Person: An Enhanced Reading List for the Long War.” Conference entitled “Pedagogy for the Long War: Teaching Irregular Warfare.” US Marine Corps Base, Quantico, October (Co-presented with Deborah Scranton).

Discussant on Special Panel on The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe (David Ost, 2005). Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York City, April.

2006 “Wiping out the Bulgar Race: Hatred, Duty and Propaganda in the Second Balkan War.” At workshop entitled “Production, Consumption and Dissemination of Ethno-Religious Stereotypes: An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Eastern Europe’s Borderlands,” Brown University, May.

2005 “Energy for Democracy? Principle, Pragmatism and Conditionality in Aid against Milosevic.” Paper presented at American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies meeting, Salt Lake City, November.

2004 “The Use and Abuse of Culture: Points of Departure and Key Questions” at workshop entitled “Prepared for Peace? The Use and Abuse of ‘Culture’ in Military Simulations, Training and Education.” Pell Center for International Studies, Salve Regina University, December.

“Introduction” at workshop entitled “Cultural Sensitivity Training: What, Why, Who, How? A dialogue on civilian-military relations and post-conflict operations” Watson Institute, April.

Discussant on panel “The Constructivist Approach to the Study of Nationalism” Association for the Study of Nationalities Meetings, New York, April 2004.

2003 “Quickness or Thickness: Competing Visions of Peacebuilding and Democracy Assistance” - American Anthropological Association Meetings, November.

Discussant on panel “Democracy Assistance in the Balkans: Whose Lessons Learned? Association for the Study of Nationalities Meetings, New York, April.

“Learning from Murder: Political Violence and its Representation in Modern Macedonian History” – University of Connecticut Humanities Institute workshop on interdisciplinary approaches to violence, April.

2002 “Confidence-Building and Social Capital in Macedonia” at Workshop entitled “Local Dimensions of Democracy-Building: Setting the Research Agenda.” Palic, Yugoslavia, May.

2001 Panel Chair and Organizer, “Moving to the Center: Anthropologies of Migration and Gender Relations.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, November.

Discussant on panel entitled “Democracy and Civil Society in the Balkans” at FNSP and ASN Colloquium, Nationality and Citizenship in Post-Communist Europe, July.

“State-building via Stakeholding in Post-World War II Yugoslav Macedonia.” LSE/Oxford Conference entitled Manufacturing Citizenship. Oxford, July.

“Brokering the Balkans: the abuses of culture in Macedonia.” School of Slavonic and East European Studies Conference entitled Macedonia, Macedonias. London, June.

“The King is dead, Long live the Balkans! Watching the Marseilles Murders of 1934..” Sixth Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, April.

2000 “Multiculturalism at Risk in Macedonia.” Panel presentation at American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Denver, CO, November.

“All Foreshadowed in the Face of the King: Notes on Spectatorship and Violence, Marseilles 1934.” Intersecting Times: The Work of Memory in South-Eastern Europe, Swansea, June.

“Parapolitics in the Making of Macedonian Identity. Memory, Identity and Geopolitics in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Brown University, May.

“Reassessing Urban and Rural in Post-Socialist Macedonia.” Conference on Rural-Urban Relations and Representations: Comparative Perspectives, London, April.

1999 “The Cultural Politics of Irony: Macedonian responses to the new world order.” on panel “Socialism’s Other: Imagining the “Normal” in Eastern Europe and Cuba, American Anthropological Association Meetings, November.

“Villains and Symbolic Pollution in the Narratives of Nation: The Case of Boris Sarafov.” International Conference on National Memory in Southeastern Europe, Halki, Greece, June.

“Shifty Nations and the routes of marginal identity: A Macedonian case-study.” Fourth Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York, April.

1998 “Cross-cutting ties: film and the politics of inflection in former Yugoslavia” on panel “Underground and in the screen: Reimagining communities, histories and the war in (Ex) Yugoslav and Hungarian films.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, Philadelphia.

“Old words and new meanings in the making of Yugoslav Macedonia.” University of Wales Lampeter, Negotiating Boundaries, September.

“Framing Macedonia: Nationalism, Balkanism, Yugoslavism.” University of Wales, Swansea Gregynog Conference in International Politics, May.

1996 “Macedonian culture and its audiences: An analysis of Before the Rain.” Association for the Social Anthropologists of the Commonwealth Symposium, Swansea Wales, April.

“Friction in the archives: Nations and negotiations on Ellis Island (NY), 1904-10.” Tenth Annual Conference of the Council for European Studies, Chicago IL, March.

1995 “Balkan boasts: Assumptions of superiority in Western journalism on Macedonia.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington DC, November.

“The Greeks of Krushevo: A study of national categories in action.” Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium, Boston MA, November.

“The oldest profession: Post-Yugoslav Macedonian historiography.” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Washington DC, October.

1994 “Sexing the stranger: Local urban responses to a global village idiot.” Ninth Chicago Anthropology Exchange Symposium, Chicago IL, June.

“Political realities and cultural specificities in contemporary Macedonian jokes.” Ninth Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore, Bloomington IN, March.

1993 “When ink trumps blood: Nation and identity in a Macedonian family.” Modern Greek Studies Assocation Symposium, Berkeley CA, October.

1992 “Learning to forget: The many pasts of Macedonia.” Seventh Annual Conference of the Council for European Studies, Chicago IL, March.
6. Research grants

National Endowment for the Humanities – Dialogues on the Experience of War. Project entitled “Irregular Warfare,” co-directed with Esther Whitfield, Brown University. 2017-2019.

Grant from the Tarrant Fund, Brown University, to support “Building a Better World: Film and Social Change,” an interdisciplinary, community-engaged undergraduate class, 2015-

Global Forum Grant, Office of International Affairs, Brown University. Collaboration with Ian Cook, University of Exeter. March 2013

Fulbright Award to Macedonia – Project entitled “Democracy in Macedonia: Oral History, Civil Society and the Practices of Pluralism.” 2012-13.

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research – Contract for Project entitled “Roads not taken: an Oral History of Macedonian Democracy since 1980.” Awarded June 2011, to begin July 2012.

IREX Policy-Connect Grant – Project entitled “From Idea to Impact: Studying through a US Civil Society Program in Macedonia.” September 2007-August 2008.

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research – Project entitled “Evaluating Intervention: Knowledge production and democracy promotion in the Western Balkans.” Two-year part-time project, awarded for period October 2006-July 2008.

Salomon Award from Brown University for joint projectCultural awareness in military operations: The production of knowledge through doctrine, training, education and simulation.” January 2006-December 2007.

Visiting Fellowship, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, September 2005-June 2006.

Award from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for continuation work on project “Local Dimensions of Sustainable Democracy-Building in the Southern Balkans” – awarded for period June 2005-June 2008.

Award from the Mott Foundation for continuation work on project “Local Dimensions of Sustainable Democracy-Building in the Southern Balkans” – awarded for period January 2005-December 2006.

Evans-Pritchard Lectureship, Oxford University, Fall 2004.

Joint award from the Mott Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for project entitled “Local Dimensions of Sustainable Democracy-Building in the Southern Balkans” 2002-3.

United States Institute of Peace grant for project entitled “Interethnicity in Macedonia”: for research and writing, 2001-2003.

United States Institute of Peace Senior Fellowship, 1999-2000.

British Academy Conference Grant, to support foreign attendance at “Intersecting Times” conference in Swansea, 2000.

British Academy Elisabeth Barker Fund Award for research in Macedonia, 2000.

Participant in comparative research project entitled “The Politics of Refugee Memory and Experience” coordinated by Dr. B. Gounaris at the Centre for Macedonian Research and Documentation, Thessaloniki, Greece. 2000.

University of Wales Collaboration Fund grant for the establishment and activity of a Centre for South-East European Studies, 1999-2000 (with Y.Hamilakis, P. Finney, M. Kenna, M. Pluciennik).

British Academy Overseas Conference Grant to attend Association for the Study of Nationalities Meeting, New York, April 1999.

British Academy Overseas Conference Grant to attend American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Seattle WA, November 1997.

University of Wales Collaboration Fund grant for seminar series and symposium, Negotiating Boundaries, 1997-8 (with Y.Hamilakis, P. Finney, M. Kenna, M. Pluciennik).

Woodrow Wilson Center East European Studies Research Scholarship, 1996.

Short-term Research Grant, East European Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, July 1995.

Overseas Dissertation Research Fellowship, Division of Social Sciences, University of Chicago, Summer 1994.

Social Science Research Council Fellowship (Western Europe), 1992-3.

Yugoslav Government Grant for Academic, Cultural and Scientific Co-operation, 1992.

Fulbright Award for graduate study in the USA, 1989-92.

Century Fellow in the Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 1989-95.

Arnold Memorial Ancient Historical Essay Prize, Oxford University, 1988.

7. Service

i) Brown University

Director of Undergraduate Public Policy Program, July 2015-June 2017

Director of Watson Post-Doctoral Fellows Program, July 2014-June 2017

Member of Watson Institute Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, October 2016-June 2017.

Director of Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI), July 2010-December 2014.

Member of Faculty Oversight Committee for the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, January 2013-June 2014.

Instructor for “The Classical Past” on Summer Studies Course, Naxos, Greece, July 2011 and 2010.

Co-Chair of Academic Code Committee, November 2009-June 2011

Faculty Coordinator for Mellon Graduate Workshops, September 2008-June 2009.

Chair of Committee to examine Watson Institute’s relationship to undergraduate education, Fall 2008.

Acting Director of Politics, Culture and Identity Program, July 2006 –June 2007; January -December 2004.

Member of Modern Greek Studies Committee, 2000- present.

Search Committee memberships: Watson Institute Post-Doctoral fellowships, 2015, 2014, 2009 (chair); PCI postdoctoral fellowship, 2004-5; PCI Research Director/Professor of Anthropology, 2002-3; short-term visitor appointments committee, Spring 2002-

Grant Review Committees: AT&T New Media Fellowships; Salomon Research Grants.

ii) to the profession

Manuscript reviewer for New York University Press, Indiana University Press, Stanford University Press, University of Arizona Press.

Promotion reviewer for University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2015).

Tenure reviewer for Colby College (2014); George Washington University (2014).

Ph.D thesis examiner in Anthropology at Graduate Center, CUNY (2016), University of Sussex (2014); St. Andrew’s, Scotland (1998) and London School of Economics (1999).

Article reviewer for journals American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Slavic Review, Identities, Journal of Migration Studies, Balkanistica, Rethinking History, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Urban Affairs.

Grant reviewer for MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, USA, Social Science Research Council, USA, American Councils on International Education, United States Institute of Peace; Economic and Social Research Council, UK; FWF, Austria.

Member of review panel for the Society for the Anthropology of Europe’s William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology, 2013.

Senior Scholar at Woodrow Wilson Center East European Studies Junior Scholars’ Training Seminar. Seattle, WA (August 2011, August 2009); Washington DC (August 2004).

Member of Association for the Study of Nationalities Program Committee, April 2001 - 2005.

Trustee of the Emslie-Horniman Fund for Anthropological Research, UK, 1999-2002.

Founder member of Center for the Study of South-Eastern Europe at the University of Wales, created 1999.

iii) to the broader community

Expert witness in Securities and Exchange Commission case against Magyar Telekom, 2014-present.

Panel member, Selection Committee, Fulbright Scholars from the U.K, January 2014; Fulbright Scholars from Macedonia, December 2012.

Expert Reviewer for Freedom House Nations in Transit, 2013.

External Reviewer for Curriculum Development Project for the University of Foreign and Military Cultural Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2013.

Subject Matter Expert for Red Team Leader Training courses in critical thinking, University of Foreign and Military Cultures, Fort Leavenworth, KS. 2010-2013

Provided briefings on the Republic of Macedonia at the State Department, Washington DC; 2010, 2005, 2011.

Author of regional study of Southeast Europe for on-line OSCE training module, Fall 2001: responsible for quarterly updates 2002, 2003, 2004.

Guest Lecturer at Ohrid Summer University, Macedonia, June 2001 and June 2002. Designed and taught one-week intensive courses on “Cultural Identity and Regional Security in the Balkans” and “Culture and Conflict Resolution” for graduate students from Eastern Europe.

Guest on BBC World Service series on Nationalism and Archaeology, for broadcast Christmas 2003.

Guest on Washington Window, Voice of America broadcast TV programme on Macedonia, May 15 2000.

Guest on One Union Station, WRNI Rhode Island Public Radio, programme on Macedonia, April 3 2001.

Co-organizer of United States Institute of Peace Balkan Working Group entitled “The Future of Macedonia,” Washington DC, December 1999.

Arizona State University

Thinking Globally: the Individual and Authority.

Brown University (2000-2017)

International Relations seminars

Reading Global: International Relations Through Fiction

The Good Fight: Documentary Work, Social Change and Human Security

Uncovering the New World Order: The Case of Yugoslavia’s break-up

Movement and Power

Development Studies

Senior Thesis Writing Seminar

Anthropology and cross-listed courses

Building a Better World: Film and Social Change (co-taught with Richard Locke and Lindsay Richardson: listed in Political Science)

Ethnographies of Global Connection: Politics, Culture and International Relations

Political Anthropology: Peasants, Tribes, Terrorists and other enemies of the State.

How to do things with gifts: Charity, Corruption, and Friendship across Cultures

Independent Studies

Documentary film and Social Change: Empathy and Social Change Through Literature; Legal Anthropology; Resistance and “the Peasant;” East European Ethnography; Documentary Practice and Anthropology; Balkanism.

Supervisor or Reader on 20+ undergraduate senior theses in International Relations, Development Studies, Anthropology, Political Science and Modern Culture and Media, 2001-present.

Supervisor on two Independent Concentrations.

Directed 25+ undergraduate students in summer research projects through the competitive UTRA program in the period 2001-present.

Served on graduate committees for four anthropology and one ethnomusicology PhD students.

Nominated for Hazeltine Citation for commitment to student and faculty relations, 2008.

University of Connecticut (2006)

Anthropology and the Archive (mid-level seminar).

University of Wales (1996-1999)

Culture and Society (first-year lecture course).

Writing Anthropology (first-year seminar).

Economic Anthropology (mid-level seminar).

Nonsense, Ridicule and Games (mid-level seminar).

European Ethnography (mid-level seminar).

Ethnographic Survey (mid-level team-taught seminar).

Bowdoin College (1995-6)

Anthropology and the Uses of the Past (first-year lecture course).

Macedonia: Ethnography and Ethnicity in Political Context (mid-level seminar).

Laughter and Humor in the Social Order (mid-level lecture course).

History of Anthropological Theory (senior seminar).

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