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Jelena Subotic

Professor
Biography

Jelena Subotic is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007). Dr. Subotic writes broadly about international relations theory, memory politics, human rights, transitional justice, international ethics, state identity, and the politics of the Western Balkans. Her first book, Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2009) examined the contested way in which international norms of transitional justice were appropriated by domestic political elites in the Western Balkans in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars. The book has been translated and published in Serbia in 2010. Her research has appeared in a number of academic and public policy journals, including International Studies QuarterlyEuropean Journal of International RelationsJournal of Peace ResearchForeign Policy Analysis, and many others. Dr. Subotic is a recipient of a number of research grants, including from the National Science Foundation and USAID. She is also a frequent commentator on war crimes and the politics of the Balkans for CNN, BBC, and other international outlets. Her new book, Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in 2019. This book explains how East European countries after the collapse of communism pursued new strategies of Holocaust remembrance where the memory, symbols, and imagery of the Holocaust became appropriated to represent crimes of communism.