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Michael Rossi

Department of Political Science • Rutgers University • 89 George Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Email: mrossi1@rci.rutgers.edu

Website: http://michael-rossi.demokratio.info/

Education

Dissertation

“Resurrecting the Past: Democracy, National Identity, and Historical Memory in Modern Serbia.” 2009. Dissertation advisor: Eric M. Davis. Readers: Jan Kubik, Myron Aronoff (Rutgers University), Nicolai Petro (University of Rhode Island).

 

Degrees

Ph.D., Rutgers University, Political Science, 2009.

Major Field: Comparative Politics. Minor Fields: International Relations, History.

B.A., The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), Political Science, 1999.

B.A., The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, History, 1999

 

Additional Study

Belgrade University, School of Philology, Center for the Study of Serbian as a Foreign Language, Belgrade, Serbia, 2008.

Aristotle University, Department of Philosophy, School of Modern Greek, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1998.

 

Linguistic Abilities

Serbian (Serbo-Croatian) Reading comprehension, writing (Cyrillic and Latin), speaking
German                                 Reading comprehension, writing, speaking
Modern Greek                        Reading comprehension, speaking, writing

 

Research Interests

My primary scholarly interest is the relationship between politics and culture. I study how culture is transformed into power and political legitimacy through a series of explicit mechanisms such as state-sponsored commemorations, official readings of history, and publically appropriated symbols and narratives of national identity; and more clandestine means via economic planning, institutional control, and various forms of civic associations. My second area of interest is transitions from authoritarian rule to democratic pluralism and the role of elites in competing over and consolidating power and authority amid institutional and cultural change. Geographically, my research concentrates on Europe, with a particular focus on East-Central Europe, and a specific study of the Balkan region. I also utilize areas of the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America in a comparative framework.

 

Fields of Specialization

Comparative Politics:

Theories of Democratic Transition and Consolidation, Political Culture, State Theory, Historical Memory, Nationalism, Identity Politics, Globalization, Civil Society.

International Relations:

Theory, Causes of War, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, Globalization.

History:

Modern European Studies (18th century to present), Communist and Post-Communist Political Systems, Middle Eastern Studies (20th century to present).

 

Qualitative Methods

Comparative Historical Analysis, Process-Tracing

Publications

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

2014     “Ending the Impasse in Kosovo: Partition, Decentralization, or Consociationalism?” Nationalities Papers vol 42, no. 5 (September), pp. 867 – 889.

2012     “In Search of a Democratic Cultural ‘Alternative’: Serbia’s European Heritage from Dositej Obradovic to OTPOR.” Nationalities Papers vol. 40, no. 6 (November), pp. 853 – 878.

 

Reference Material

2008a   “Czechoslovakia: Resistance to Soviet Political and Economic Rule.” In The International Encyclopedia of World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the Present, Immanuel Ness, ed. (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), pp. 948 – 952.

2008b   “Tomas Masaryk (1850 – 1937).” In The International Encyclopedia of World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the Present, Immanuel Ness, ed. (Blackwell Publishing, 2008), pp. 2251 – 2252.

 

Articles in Non-Refereed or Online Journals

2008     “Taking Culture and Democracy Seriously in Serbia”, Humanicus vol. 1 no, 1 (May 2008), pp. 36 – 71 (available at: http://www.humanicus.org/global/issues/humanicus-1-2008.pdf).

1998     “Byzantine Missionary Contributions to the Slavs of Eastern Europe”, Journal of Student Scholarship, The College of New Jersey, vol. I, (April 1998), pp. 77 – 88.

 

Editorials, Commentary, and other Non-Refereed Writings

2013     “Five Inconvenient Truths about Kosovo”, TransConflict (July 17, 2013) http://www.transconflict.com/2013/07/five-inconvenient-truths-about-kosovo-177/

2009     “The Party’s Over: After the Initial Euphoria, Kosovo Faces an Uncertain Future”, Prague Post (February 26, 2009). http://www.praguepost.com/opinion/661-the-partys-over.html

2004     “Why is the Middle East So Stereotyped in the West?” co-authored with Eric Davis. Global Citizen 2000: Education for a Global Society, Rutgers University, http://gc2000.rutgers.edu/GC2000/MODULES/STEREOTYPES/Lesson1-4.htm

 

Current Projects

Democracy and State Building in the Balkans (edited book project working title. Planned collaboration with Tamara Pavasovic-Trost [Harvard University], Danilo Mandic [Harvard University] and Mladen Mrdalj [Northeastern University]).

Serbia Rebranded: The Processes of Democratization and Cultural “Audit” for European (Re)Integration (working title for transformation of dissertation into manuscript).

Academic Positions and Teaching Experience

2013 –

Instructor – Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Graduate Program in Liberal Studies, Camden, NJ

2010- 2012

Visiting Assistant Professor – Department of Political Science, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

2003 – 2011 Instructor – Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Spring 2010 Visiting Instructor – Department of Political Science, The College of New Jersey
Fall 2009 Instructor – Department of Political Science, Rutgers Univeristy, Freehold, NJ
2005 – 2006 Teaching Assistant – Writing Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Spring 2004 Preceptor – Department of Politics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
2001 – 2003 Teaching Assistant – Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

 

Courses Taught and Designed

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

790:102 – Introduction to International Relations

790:103 – Introduction to Comparative Politics

790:315 – Politics and Culture

790:317 – Globalization and the Non-Western World

790:350 – European Politics

790:381 – Post-Communist Transitions

790:389 – (Topics course) Democracy and Nation-Building in the Balkans, 1453 – Present

 

The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

POL 230 – Introduction to International Relations

POL 335 – International Organization

POL 350 – Politics of Europe

POL 370 – The European Union

POL 370 – Comparative Political Culture

POL 390 – Theories of Democratic Transitions

Conference Presentations, Lectures, and Other Public Speaking Events

Presented Papers

2014

“Between Dayton and Ohrid: Serbian-Albanian Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Kosovo” 19th Annual World Convention of the Associations for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York City, April 24 – 26 2014.

2013 “What’s So ‘Balkan’ about Southeastern Europe?” 18th Annual World Convention of the Associations for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York City, April 18 – 20 2013.
2012 “Ending the Impasse in Kosovo: Partition, Decentralization, or ‘Daytonization’?” 17th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York City, April 19 – 21 2012.
2011 “In Search of a Democratic Cultural ‘Alternative’: Serbia’s European Heritage from Dositej Obradovic to OTPOR.” 16th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York City, April 14 – 16 2011.
2010 “The Persistence of Illiberal Collective Memory in Post-Miloševi? Serbia.” 15th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York City, April 15 – 17 2010.
2004 “Orthodoxy and Slavophilism as Alternative Political Culture in Soviet Society, 1959-91.” Conference for Talking and Doing Citizenship, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey April 2, 2004.
2002

“Modern Serbian Identity and the Battle of Kosovo, 1389 – 1999.” 7th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Columbia University, New York City, April 11-13, 2002.

 

2001

“The Byzantine Element in Modern Greek Thought.” Conference for European Identity and Nationalism, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey May 11-13, 2001.

 

Invited Talks

2011

“Is Arab Spring 2011 Like Eastern Europe 1989?” Panel discussant at “The Broken Silence: A Domino Revolution”, Rutgers University, Piscattaway, NJ, March 10, 2011.

Awards and Scholarships

2014 Summer 2014 Hybrid Course Development Grant, funded by Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies. New Brunswick, New Jersey: January – May 2014.
2008

Title VIII Fellowship in Advanced Language Training, funded by U.S. Department of State, Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. Belgrade, Serbia: January – June 2008.

 

1998 National Collegiate Honors Council for Study Abroad in language training and research for Senior Honors Thesis. Thessaloniki, Greece: September – December 1998.

Administrative Experience within Academic Disciplines

2004-2005

Manuscript Editor, Memories of State: Politics, Historical Memory and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq, by Eric Davis. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2005. Editorial assistance in layout of text, endnotes, and bibliography. Assisted in photo selection. Author of index.

2003–2007

Curriculum Development and Grant Writing, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Rutgers University. Co-developer for CMES Certificate in Iranian Studies Program. Co-writer for Title VI Grant Proposal to U.S. Department of Education Center for International Education: Funding for Iranian Studies Program (May 2005)

2001–2003 Curriculum Development and Outreach, Global Citizenship 2000: Department of Political Science & Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Rutgers University. Development of High School and Middle School lesson plans focusing on culture, identity, and stereotypes. Speaker and contributor in GC 2000 Workshop Programs with NJ public school teachers. Brochure development and layout

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