About

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Professor Dejan Djokić is a historian and author. His latest book, A Concise History of Serbia, was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2023 . A Serbian edition is forthcoming with Akademska knjiga, Novi Sad.

Broadly speaking, Dejan’s research spans across, and brings together, three main strands: the Yugoslav war; global and cultural history of the Cold War; and history of Southeastern Europe since the Middle Ages.


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Dejan, who holds a PhD in History from University College London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies), is a recipient of some of the most prestigious research grants and fellowships. His main current project, a pioneering study of the last generation of Yugoslav army conscripts (1990/91), is funded by the British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust. In 2015/16 he was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

In June 2023, Dejan joined Maynooth University (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) as Professor of History (Post-1500). Previously, he had been Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has held lectureships at Birkbeck and Nottingham (a permanent post), research fellowships at Columbia University, New York and Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, and a research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. He was a visiting professor at School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and a research fellow in History and Civilisation Department, European University Institute, Florence. Since October 2020, Dejan has been Guest Professor in Southeast European History at Humboldt University of Berlin.

While at Goldsmiths, Dejan founded Centre for the Study of the Balkans and co-founded the ‘Rethinking Modern Europe’ seminar at Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Dejan regularly provides expertise to media on historical and current affairs and engages with non-academic audiences. He has contributed to the Arte TV, BBC, Guardian, Independent, New Statesman, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, The Telegraph, THE, TLS, and frequently spoken at public events.