Mate Nikola Tokić joined IR as a Visiting Humanities Professor in 2015. He received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania after earning an M.A. in International History from the London School of Economics. Prior to coming to IR, Mate was Assistant Professor of European and East European History at the American University in Cairo (AUC). In addition to the position at the AUC, he has held research fellowships at the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University, the Freie Universität Berlin and the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Study at the European University Institute in Florence.
Mate’s current research is on migration and transnational political violence in post-war Europe. Specifically, his work explores the radicalization of certain segments of the émigré Croat population in the three decades following World War II and the processes that led them to adopt terrorism as an acceptable form of political expression. His research examines how both patterns of migration and changes in the realities of the Cold War political landscape directly shaped the strategies of Croatian separatist groups outside of Yugoslavia. More broadly, Mate’s academic interests focus on the relationship among international politics, social networks and ethnic and nationalist radicalization.