Maxwell School

Azra Hromadzic

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Azra Hromadzic

Contact Information

209C Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-5782


Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2009


Political anthropology; ethno-political violence and post-conflict reconciliation; socialism and post-socialism; gender; youth cultural practices; comparative education; aging, care, and responsibility; Eastern Europe and the Balkans.


I am a cultural anthropologist with research interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of peace-building and state-making in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina.  I am currently completing a book manuscript titled "Empty Nation: Youth, Education, and Peace-building in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina," which  is an ethnographic investigation of the internationally directed post-conflict intervention policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the response of local people, especially youth, to these policy efforts. My research documents how the ethnic emphasis of the international integration policies and programs is working in practice to undermine the possibility for the emergence of common, cross-ethnic association in the Bosnian state.  Instead, the internationally-designed state-making and peace-building project has perpetuated the materialization of what I call an "empty nation" in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

I am also initiating a new project which will ethnographically research aging in the context of postwar and postsocialist Bosnia and Herzegovina.  By focusing on generation, and especially aging, as an analytic with which to capture the altering circumstances surrounding post-Yugoslav responsibility and care, I hope to portray the unique role that aging plays in shaping the fields of hope, desire, and expectations about postsocialist, postwar and European subjectivities, citizenship regimes, identifications and futures.



  • Hromadzic, A. n.d.  Empty Nation: Youth, Education, and Peace-building in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. Book manuscript in preparation.

 Articles and Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)  

  • Hromadzic, A. (under review) “If you write this tačno, it will be točno! Performing Linguistic Difference in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina” in Rebecca Bryant (Ed.) Shared Spaces and their Dissolution: Practices of Coexistence in the Post-Ottoman Sphere. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Hromadzic, A. Forthcoming 2013. “Discourses of Trans-ethnic Narod in Postwar Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Nationalities Papers 41(1).
  • Hromadzic, A. 2012. “Once We had a House; Invisible Citizens and Consociational Democracy in Postwar Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Social Analysis 56(3):30-48.
  • Hromadzic, A. 2012. “Miješanje u školskim toaletima: Mladi i politika povjeranje u poslijeratnoj Bosni i Herzegovini,” in Danijela Majstorović (Ed.) Critical Cultural Studies in the Post-Yugoslav Space. University of Banja Luka. (Translation of Hromadzic, A. 2011. “Bathroom Mixing: Youth Negotiate Democracy in Postconflict Bosnia and Herzegovina,” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 34(2):268-289.)
  • Hromadzic, A. 2011. “Bathroom Mixing: Youth Negotiate Democracy in Postconflict Bosnia and Herzegovina,” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 34(2):268-289.
  • Hromadzic, A. 2009.  “Smoking doesn’t kill, it unites! Cultural Meanings and Practices of ‘Mixing’ in Post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina,” in Claire McGlynn, Michalinos Zembylas, Zvi Bekerman, and Tony Gallagher(Eds.), Peace Education in Conflict and Post-conflict Societies: Comparative Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. This book won the CIES Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award in 2011. 
  • Hromadzic, A. 2008. “Discourses of Integration and Practices of Reunification at the Mostar Gymnasium,” Comparative Education Review, Special Issue Education and Conflict/Postconflict Societies 52 (4): 541-63.
  • Hromadzic, A. 2006. “Challenging the Discourse of the Bosnian War Rapes” in Janet E. Johnson and Jean C. Robinson (Eds.), Living with Gender after Communism. University of Indiana Press, pp. 169-184.

 Articles and Book Chapters (Not Peer Reviewed)

  • Hromadzic, A. n.d. “Challenging Ethnic Apartheid in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina: How I Became an Anthropologist.” Penn Anthropology Annual. Forthcoming.
  • Hromadzic, A. 2008. “Discourses of Integration and Politics of Reunification in Post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina: Case Study of the Gymnasium Mostar.” New Europe College Regional Program Year Book, Bucharest, Romania. 
  • Hromadzic, A. 2004. “Kriegsvergewaltigungen in Bosnien: Alte und neue Erklaerungsansaetze” (War Rapes in Bosnia: Old and New Approaches) in Ruth Seifert (Ed.), Gender, Identitaet und kriegerischer Konflikt. Das Beispiel des ehemaligen Jugoslawien, (Gender, Identity and Armed Conflict. The Example of the Former Yugoslavia), bi-lingual English-German volume, Lit Publishers Muenster, Germany. 

 Articles in Progress  

  • Hromadzic, A. Forthcoming 2015.  "Dissatisfied Citizens: Teacher's Strike and Politics of Interethnic Solidarity in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina."  Special Issue Europeanizing the spaces for lived citizeship in the post-Yogoslav states Perspectives on European Politics and Society 16 (3). 

  • Hromadzic, A. “Cheating Citizens: Youth, Politics, and Morality in Postwar and Postsocialist Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

 Book and Article Reviews   

  • Hromadzic, A. 2012. Review of Three Lights on the Queen’s Face: On Mixing, Muddle, and Mêlée (Larisa Jasarevic,Religion and Culture Web Forum, University of Chicago Divinity School)

  • Hromadzic, A. 2012. Review of Peacebuilding in the Balkans: The View from the Ground Floor (Paula M. Pickering, Cornell University Press, 2007). PoLAR 34(3):137-139.
  • Hromadzic, A. 2011. Review of Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime (Ivana MačekUPenn Press, 2009) Ethnopolitics 10 (3-4):474-5.

Reports, Blogs, and Media Appearances 

  • Feature Interview, 037 Television Bihac’s Prvi Sat, hosted by Ljubisa Markovic, Bihac, August 16, 2012. 
  • Feature Interview, Una-Sana Canton Television, hosted by Emina Ramic, Bihac August 15, 2012.

  • Hromadzic, A. 2012. “Political Subjectivities and Local Nationalisms in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina.” PARCC. Syracuse University. May 2011. Blog.

  • Trutkowski, C. and Hromadzic, A. 2006. “Civil Service Training Project: Mid-term Evaluation.” UNDP Sarajevo. Report.
  • Hromadzic, A. 2002. “The Evaluation of the Re-connect Program.” CoB. Report.
  • Feature Interview, WYBE Television's Philly Live, Hosted by Ashok Gangadean, "Bosnia: The Current Situation," with Michael Sells, Philadelphia, 9 April 2001.

Research Grants and Awards

  • Appleby-Mosher Fund from Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2012-2014.
  • National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Short-term Travel Grant 2012. 
  • International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), Short-Term Travel Grants Program, 2012 (declined).
  • PARCC (Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Celebration), Mini-grant, 2012.
  • Appleby-Mosher Fund from Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2010-2012.
  • Social Science Research Council Book Fellowship, 2011.
  • Dissertation Fellowship in Southeast European Studies, American Council of Learned Societies, 2008-2009.
  • Josephine de Karman Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2009.
  • Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education, Spencer Foundation, 2007-2008.
  • Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, US Institute of Peace, 2006-2007.
  • Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2007.
  • International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2005-2006.
  • International Fellowship, American Association of the University Women, 2005-2006.
  • Regional Fellowship Program, New Europe College, Romania, 2005-2006.
  • Penfield Scholarship in Diplomacy, International Affairs, and Belles Lettres, University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2006.
  • Research Fellowship for the Study of the ex-Yugoslav Refugees in New York City, Center for the Advanced Studies of Sofia, 2004-2005.
  • William Penn Fellowship of Support to Outstanding Incoming Graduate Students, University of Pennsylvania, September 2002-May 2005.
  • Summer Field Research Fellowship for the Study of Study of Women's Identity in Relation to Rape and Ethnic Conflict in Bosnia, Anthropology Department, University of Pennsylvania, June -August 2002.
  • Research Fellowship for the Study of Women's Identity in Relation to Rape and Ethnic Conflict Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania, September 2001-June 2002.


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