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Jelena Subotic

Associate Professor    

PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison 2007


International Relations Theory, Human Rights; Transitional Justice; Identity Politics; Balkans


Jelena Subotic is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University. She received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2009), which examined ways in which political elites in the Western Balkans used institutions of post-conflict justice for local political purposes in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars. The book has been translated and published in Serbia in 2010. Jelena’s research on human rights, post-conflict reconciliation, identity politics, Europeanization and the Balkans has been published in numerous academic and public policy journals. She is a frequent commentator on war crimes and the politics of the Balkans for CNN, BBC, and other international outlets.


Recent Publications

“Narrative, Ontological Security and Foreign Policy Change.” Foreign Policy Analysis, forthcoming.

“Legitimacy, Scope, and Competing Claims on the ICTY: In the Aftermath of Gotovina, Haradinaj and Perisic.” Journal of Human Rights, 13, no. 2, 2014, 170-185.

“Cultural Intimacy in International Relations” (with Ayse Zarakol). European Journal of International Relations, 19, no. 4, 2013, 915-938.

“Stories States Tell: Identity, Narrative, and Human Rights in the Balkans.” Slavic Review, forthcoming.

“Cultural Intimacy in International Relations” (with Ayse Zarakol), European Journal of International Relations, forthcoming.

“The Cruelty of False Remorse: Bilijana Plavsic at The Hague.” Southeastern Europe, 36, no, 1 (2012): 39-59.

Hijacked Justice:  Dealing with the Past in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2009).

“Europe is a State of Mind: Identity and Europeanization in the Balkans.” International Studies Quarterly, 55, no. 2, 2011, 309-330.

“Expanding the Scope of Postconflict Justice: Individual, State and Societal Responsibility for Mass Atrocity.” Journal of Peace Research, vol. 48, no. 2, 2011, 157-169.

“The Transformation of International Transitional Justice Advocacy.” International Journal of Transitional Justice, 6, no. 1 (2012): 106-125.

“Fantasies of Power: Performing Europeanization on the European Periphery” (with Shannon Jones). European Journal of Cultural Studies, 14, no. 5, 2011, 542-557.

“Explaining Difficult States: The Problems of Europeanization in Serbia.” East European Politics and Societies, 24, no. 4, 2010, 595-616.

“No Escape from Ethnicity? Confessions of an Accidental CNN Pundit.” PS: Political Science and Politics, 43, no. 1, 2010, 115-120.

“The Paradox of International Justice Compliance.” International Journal of Transitional Justice 3, no. 3, 2009, 362-383.