I am a political scientist and a scholar of Islam, with a passion for studying the comparative politics of Muslim societies. I grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was then part of Yugoslavia. I have lived in Croatia, Malaysia, and the United States.
Currently, I am the executive director of the Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University, where I am also Scholar in Residence. Before joining CICW, I was director of research and academic programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. I was also a faculty associate in research, Southeast Asian Program at Cornell University.
I studied for an Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Before coming to the US, I obtained two bachelor's degrees (one in the Qur’an and Sunnah studies, the other in political science) from the International Islamic University Malaysia, and a master's degree (Islamic civilization) from the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Having studied Islam and political science for most of my adult life, I have learned English, Arabic, and Malay - beside my native Bosnian (Serbian/Croatian).
My research is on transnational Islamic revival, Islamist activism, politics of Southeast Asia, contemporary Islamic thought, and institutionalization of Islam in the Balkans and Southeast Asia. You can access my publications here. I consult frequently on the Balkans and Southeast Asian politics, and Islam and politics.
I love to travel (thank you, Covid!), explore new places, and drink coffee (I know, everyone says that these days; not like that! For real).
A few photos from my travels