Curriculum Vitae


University of Sarajevo

Ph.D. in Political Science

Doctoral thesis: Promoting Democracy in Multiethnic Societies
Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin and University Potsdam

Master of Arts in International Relations

Master Internationale Beziehungen
University of Sarajevo

Diploma in Political Science

B.A./undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo


2019 – Current
University of Sarajevo

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo.
2014 – 2019
University of Sarajevo

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo.
2022 – Current
Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group


Expert and member on democracy and authoritarianism in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans, including deliberative democracy.


Kapidžić, D. & Komar O.

Nationalities Papers

Segmental Volatility in Ethnically Divided Societies: (Re)assessing Party System Stability in Southeast Europe. Nationalities Papers, 50(3), 535–553. DOI:10.1017/nps.2021.9
Kapidžić, D. & Stojarová, V.


Illiberal Politics in Southeast Europe: How Ruling Elites Undermine Democracy. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-032-07689-8
Kapidžić, D.

Southeast European and Black Sea Studies

The Rise of Illiberal Politics in Southeast Europe. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 20(1), 1–18. DOI:10.1080/14683857.2020.1709701


2020 – 2023
University of Sarajevo

Contexts of extremism in MENA and Balkan societies – CONNEKT

EU Horizon 2020 Project Consortium member, member of the Executive Committee, member of the Ethics Advisory Board, project coordinator of Work Package 4 and principal investigator at the University of Sarajevo.
National University of Singapore and University Malaya

Alternatives to Consociationalism?

Grant-holder and principal investigator for comparative research conducted in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, funded by the Open Society Foundations.
2011 – 2016
London School of Economics

Justice and Security Research Programme

Associate researcher for Uganda in research consortium led by the London School of Economics and Political Science and funded by DFID-UK.


2021 – 2022

European Union

Lead consultant on deliberative democracy for project ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ on constitutional deliberation for the European Union Special Representative to BiH.
2020 – 2021

Council of Europe

Local expert consultant on deliberative democracy for project ‘Building democratic participation in the City of Mostar’ for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.
2021 – 2022


Consultant to Democratic Governance Section of the OSCE Mission to BiH.



European Commission

Horizon 2020 grant for research project ‘Contexts of Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies’ (Grant# 870772).

Open Society Foundations

Civil Society Scholar Award grant for research project ‘Alternatives to Consociationalism?’ (Grant# IN2017-37957).

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

RRPP grant for research project ‘Governing the Floods’ (Grant awarded through University of Fribourg, funded by SDC).

Guest Lectures


Harvard University

Guest speaker in course ‘Peacebuilding: Approaches to Reducing Ethnoreligious Conflict. The pros and cons of power-sharing’ led by Melani Cammet at Harvard University, Government Department, GOV94. Online, October 2020.

Oxford University

Guest speaker at virtual roundtable ‘Democracy in South East Europe: Backsliding or new normal?’ at Oxford University, St Antony’s College, SEESOX. Online, January 2021.


Participant at virtual roundtable ‘Democratic backsliding in the Western Balkans’ at the Association for the Study of Nationalities – #VirtualASN. Online, June 2020.

Media Presence


Broadcast media

Al Jazeera English, ARTE, Al Jazeera Balkans, Deutsche Welle, N1 (SEE-regional), BH Television, Federal Television of BiH, Radio Slobodna Evropa, TV1 (BiH), Hayat TV (BiH), BH Radio 1.

Print media

Les Echos (FR), Der Standard (AT), De Standaard (BE), Ritzau (DK), BIRN, Oslobođenje.

Online media

Vice News, Al Jazeera,,