Damir Kapidžić

I am Weatherhead Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. At the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina I am an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the Faculty of Political Science.
My research examines how democratic and authoritarian politics are institutionalized in the context of ethnic conflict, power-sharing, and democratic innovations. I focus on the processes in Southeast European countries with comparative perspectives from Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East.
As a consultant, I designed several deliberative processes and advocate for citizens' assemblies. I am a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, a principal investigator of EU Horizon—Contexts of Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies, and an editor of Illiberal Politics in Southeast Europe. I speak and write in Croatian (Bosnian, Serbian), English, and German.

What I Do


Research papers and popular publications about democracy and processes of autocratization, power-sharing in ethnically divided societies, and about democratic innovations.


Mixed-methods and qualitative research on political processes, institutions, and actors. EU Horizon research project PI, member of Democracy R&D, member of European COST research networks.


Mentoring PhD and graduate students. Teaching at the University of Sarajevo. Guest lectures at Harvard University, University of Oxford, Science Po Paris, National University of Singapore.


Expert on democratic innovations, citizens' participation and democratic governance for the Council of Europe, OSCE, and the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina.




+387 (0)33 203 562, ext. 140

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University

61 Kirkland St., Cambridge MA 02138, United States

Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo

Skenderija 72, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina