Jelena Subotić is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007). Dr. Subotić 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 Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Policy Analysis, and many others. Dr. Subotić 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 was published with Cornell University Press in 2019. It has received numerous awards, including the Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book Award (American Political Science Association), Best Book Award in European Politics and Society (European Politics and Society Section, American Political Science Association) and Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. The 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.
In 2021, she was honored as an Outstanding Senior Faculty member in the Georgia State College of Arts and Sciences.