Milica Popović is a PhD candidate in Comparative Political Sociology at the Doctoral School of Sciences Po Paris, affiliated with CERI (Center for International Studies) and in Balkan Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana; expecting to defend her thesis under the title “(Post)Yugoslav memories as resistance strategies – Understanding the political significance of Yugonostalgia” in 2021. Her academic research interests are primarily focused in the field of Memory Studies, looking into transmission of memory within post-socialist contexts and the influences of memory and nostalgia onto the political identities.
In parallel to her academic career and teaching experience at Sciences Po in Paris, Popović gained 20 years of professional experience within international organizations, on judiciary and rule of law reforms, and primarily in the field of Higher Education. Popović has been participating in the building of the European Higher Education Area since 2003, through different positions and perspectives – of a student (experience in the Student union of Serbia and the European Students’ Union), of the academic and non-academic staff (experience in Education International and Sciences Po Paris) and the expert perspective as she has worked as an independent researcher and consultant in the field for the last ten years on numerous projects of the Council of Europe, the European Commission and many others. The Global Observatory for Academic Freedom, which she is joining after a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Vienna, perfectly brings together the whole of her academic and professional experience.