Professor Jasna Dragovic-Soso

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Professor Jasna Dragovic-Soso

Jasna is Professor of International Politics and History at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Balkans. She works on memory politics, transitional justice, nationalism, state disintegration and international intervention, with a focus on former Yugoslavia and the post-Yugoslav region.

She has provided expertise on the post-Yugoslav region to various non-academic stakeholders, including the Foreign Office, non-governmental organizations in the UK and the Western Balkans, the Royal Court Theatre, the International Commission on the Balkans, and British and international media outlets. She has held visiting fellowships at the London School of Economics and School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. She co-edits the Palgrave book series on Memory Politics and Transitional Justice. She is currently writing a book about truth commission initiatives, nation-building and memory politics in the post-conflict Balkans.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD International Relations (International History and Politics), The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland 1999
  • Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Soviet and East European Studies, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris 1992
  • Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures (DES) in International Relations, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva 1990
  • AB Princeton School of International and Public Affairs, Princeton University 1988

Teaching and Supervision

I convene the third-year module 'The Politics of Memory' and the MA module 'Memory & Justice in Post-Conflict Societies' and co-convene the first-year module 'World Politics'. I am a recipient of the Peake award for excellence in teaching and have acted as the department's Chair of Learning and Teaching and Chair of Postgraduate Studies.

Research interests

I welcome PhD students wishing to work on memory, transitional justice, human rights in international relations, nationalism, conflict and post-conflict studies, and the history and politics of Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Publications and research outputs


Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2004. 'Spasioci Nacije': Intelektualna opozicija Srbije i ozivljavanje nacionalizma. Belgrade: fabrika knjiga. ISBN 86-7718-012-5

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2002. 'Saviours of the Nation': Serbia's Intellectual Opposition and the Revival of Nationalism. London and Montreal: Hurst and Co and McGill-Queen's University Press. ISBN 1850655774

Edited Book

Cohen, Lenard and Dragovic-Soso, Jasna, eds. 2007. State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on Yugoslavia's Disintegration. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press. ISBN 9781557534606

Cohen, Leonard J and Dragovic-Soso, Jasna, eds. 2007. State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on Yugoslavia's Disintegration. Purdue University Press. ISBN 978-1557534606

Liebich, Andre; Warner, Daniel and Dragovic-Soso, Jasna, eds. 1995. Citizenship, East and West. London: Paul Kegan. ISBN 710304919

Book Section

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2020. Yugoslavia’s Political Endgame: Serbia and Slovenia in the 1980s. In: Ulf Brunnbauer and John Lampe, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Balkan and Southeast European History. London: Routledge, pp. 481-489. ISBN 9781138613089

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2016. Coming to Terms with a Difficult Past: What Can Be Learned From Other Contexts? In: Goran Tepsic; Radmila Nakarada and Nemanja Dzuverovic, eds. Interpretacije Jugoslovenskih Sukoba i Njihove Posledice: Izmedju sustinskog Neslaganja i Dijaloga. Belgrade, Serbia: Univerzitet u Beogradu - Fakultet Politickih Nauka, pp. 23-38. ISBN 978-86-6425-010-8

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2014. The Parting of Ways: Public Reckoning with the Recent Past in Post-Milosevic Serbia. In: Timothy Waters, ed. The Milosevic Trial -- An Autopsy. US: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-26. ISBN 9780199795840

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2014. ‘Apologising for Srebrenica: The Declaration of the Serbian Parliament, the European Union and the Politics of Compromise. In: Jaci Eisenberg and Davide Rodogno, eds. Ideas and Identities: A Festschrift for Andre Liebich. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 193-213. ISBN 978-3-0343-1456-5

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna and Gordy, Eric. 2010. Coming to Terms with the Past: Transitional justice and Reconciliation in the post-Yugoslav lands. In: Dejan Djokic and J Ker-Lindsay, eds. New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies. Routledge, pp. 193-212. ISBN 978-0-415-49920-0

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2010. Conflict, Memory , Accountability: What Does Coming to Terms with the Past Mean? In: W Petritsch and V Dzihic, eds. Conflict and Memory: Bridging Past and Future in (South East) Europe. (3) Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 29-46. ISBN 978-3-8329-4879-5

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2007. Why Did Yugoslavia Disintegrate? An Overview of Contending Explanations. In: Lenard J. Cohen and Jasna Dragovic-Soso, eds. State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on Yugoslavia's Disintegration. Purdue University Press, pp. 1-39. ISBN 1557534608

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2003. The Effect of International Intervention on Domestic Policy Outcomes: Western Coercive Policies and the Milosevic Regime. In: Peter Siani-Davies, ed. International Intervention in the Balkans Since 1995. Routledge, pp. 120-135. ISBN 0415298342

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2003. Intellectuals and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The End of the Yugoslav Writers' Union. In: Dejan Djokic, ed. Yugoslavism Histories of a Failed Idea, 1918–1992. London: Hurst & Co, pp. 268-285. ISBN 9781850656623

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 1997. Les intellectuels serbes dans les annees 1980. In: Marie-Christine Granjon; Nicole Racine and Michel Trebitsch, eds. Histoire comparee des intellectuels. Paris: CNRS/IHTP, pp. 129-141.


Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2023. Review article of Jacqueline Nieβer, Die Wahrheit der Anderen: Transnationale Vergangeheitsaufarbeitung in Post-Jugoslawien am Beispiel der REKOM Initiative (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH, 2020). Comparative Southeast European Studies, 71(3), pp. 41-43. ISSN 2701-8199

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2022. Justice and Apology in the Aftermath of War and Mass Crime: Contemporary Serbia and the German Model. History and Memory, 34(1), pp. 69-99. ISSN 0935-560X

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna and Jouhanneau, Cecile. 2022. ‘A Cataclysm and its Aftermath. Interview with Jasna Dragović-Soso’. Revue d'études comparatives Est-Ouest, 52(2), pp. 75-89. ISSN 0338-0599

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2016. Review of 'Nationalism, Myth, and the State in Russia and Serbia: Russian and East European Government Politics and Policy' [Book Review]. Reviews in History, ISSN 1749-8155

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2016. Revue des livres Isabelle Delpla, La justice des gens. Enquêtes dans la Bosnie des nouvelles après-guerres. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014. 530 pp. ISBN: 978-2-7535-2885-7. [Book Review]. Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest, 47(01-02), pp. 315-319. ISSN 0338-0599

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2016. History of a Failure: Attempts to Create a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1997-2006. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 10(2), pp. 292-310. ISSN 1752-7716

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2015. ‘Tačka razlaza: javno razmatranje nedavne prošlosti u post-Miloševićkoj Srbiji’, in ‘Srđa Popović (1937-2013). Reč: časopis za književnost i kulturu, i društvena pitanja, ISSN 0354-5288

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2013. ‘La dissoluzione violenta della Jugoslavia’. Passato e presente, 90, pp. 19-25. ISSN 1120-0650

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2012. Apologising for Srebrenica: The Declaration of the Serbian Parliament, the European Union and the Politics of Compromise. East European Politics, 28(2), pp. 163-179. ISSN 2159-9165

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2004. Rethinking Yugoslavia: Serbian Intellectuals and the National Question in Historical Perspective. Contemporary European History, 13(2), pp. 170-184. ISSN 0960-7773

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 2003. Zapadnjacka politika prisile i Milosevicev rezim. Rec(70.16), pp. 237-255.

Dragovic-Soso, Jasna. 1997. Les intellectuels serbes et la 'question' du Kosovo, 1981-1987. Relations internationales(89), pp. 53-70. ISSN 0-335-2013

Further profile content

Professional projects

From 2011 to 2019, I took part in the international forums of the NGO-led ‘Coalition for a Regional Commission Tasked with Establishing the Facts about All Victims of War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations Committed on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia in the period from 1991-2001’ (RECOM).

From 2010 to 2012, I was an International Fellow of the Open Society Institute Higher Education Support Program, assisting the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade in its reform agenda.

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