Professor of Anthropology at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
Azra Hromadzic is a cultural anthropologist with research interests in the anthropology of international policy in the context of state-making in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her book Citizens of an Empty Nation: Youth and State-making in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina (University of Pennsylvania Press) is an ethnographic investigation of the internationally directed postwar intervention policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the response of local people, especially youth, to these policy efforts. Her research documents how the ethnic emphasis of the international integration policies and programs is working in practice to undermine the possibility for the emergence of common, cross-ethnic association in the Bosnian state. Instead, the internationally-designed state-making and peace-building project has perpetuated the materialization of what she calls an “empty nation” in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Recently, Hromadzic initiated a new project which ethnographically researches aging in the context of postwar and post socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina. By focusing on aging as an analytic with which to capture the altering circumstances surrounding post-Yugoslav responsibility, social policy, and care, she portrays the unique role that aging plays in shaping the fields of labor, hope, desire, and expectations about post socialist, postwar and European subjectivities, citizenship regimes, identifications and futures.
Hromadzic received her Ph.D and M.A degrees in Cultural Anthropology and B.A. degree with Summa Cum Laude in Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as a Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.