Curriculum Vitae


Professional Experience

2023 – Current
Harvard University

Visiting Scholar

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
2019 – Current
University of Sarajevo

Associate Professor

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

BiEPAG Member

Expert on Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans


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

Diplomirani politolog

Highlighted Publications


Illiberal Politics in Southeast Europe

Damir Kapidžić and Věra Stojarová
Nationalities Papers

Segmental Volatility in Ethnically Divided Societies

Damir Kapidžić and Olivera Komar
Southeast European and Black Sea Studies

The Rise of Illiberal Politics in Southeast Europe

Damir Kapidžić

Major Projects

2023 – 2024
Harvard University and Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program

Sharing Power by Lot

"Sharing power by lot. Strengthening democracy in post-conflict and divided societies through citizens' assemblies" Grant-holder and principal investigator
2020 – 2023
EU Horizon 2020

Contexts of violent extremism in MENA and Balkan societies

Member of Executive Committee and Ethics Advisory Board, Coordinator of WP 4 and PI at the University of Sarajevo.
Open Society Foundations

Alternatives to Consociationalism?

Grant-holder and PI at National University of Singapore and University Malaya

Notable Consulting

2022 – 2024

Council of Europe

Local expert consultant on deliberative democracy for 'Innovating Democratic Participation at the Local Level in Bosnia and Herzegovina' for the CoE Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.
2021 – 2022

European Union

Lead consultant on deliberative democracy for the ‘BiH Citizens’ Assembly’ for the European Union Special Representative to BiH.
2021 – 2022


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

Relevant Grants


Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award for research stay at Harvard University as a Weatherhead Visiting Scholar on the project "Sharing Power by Lot. Strengthening democracy in post-conflict and divided societies through citizens' assemblies"

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).

Selected 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.

Parliament of the Republic of Austria

Keynote speaker: Der Westbalkan im Fokus – Hoffnungen, Rückschläge, neue Perspektiven und die Auswirkungen des Ukraine-Krieges auf die Region. Parliament of the Republic of Austria, Open Parliamentary Discussion. Vienna/Online, March 2022.

Media Presence


Broadcast media

Al Jazeera English, Sky News, 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

Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Les Echos (FR), Der Standard (AT), De Standaard (BE), Ritzau (DK), Oslobođenje.

Online media

Vice News, Al Jazeera, BIRN,,