Dr Gorana Grgic

Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney

Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Lecturer at the US Studies Centre and the Department of Government and International Relations. Gorana has been affiliated with the Centre since 2011 and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate units in US politics and foreign policy, world politics, ethnic politics and international organisations. In 2012 she was awarded the FASS Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials, and in 2013 the FASS Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship. She was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Western Australia in 2016 in conjunction with the Perth USAsia Centre.

Gorana's first book, Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations (Routledge, 2017), stems from her doctoral research, which explored the link between political liberalisation and ethnic conflicts. During her doctoral candidature (2010-2013), Gorana was a Research Associate for an ARC Discovery Project “Political Institutions, War, and Peace: Global and Regional Dynamics” (CI: Assoc. Prof. Ben Goldsmith).

She has been a regular political contributor for ABC News 24 and Sky News, and has written for and contributed to a number of domestic and international media outlets. In between her undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Gorana worked for the UNDP in Croatia. Between 2011 and 2014 she was a part-time producer and journalist for SBS Radio.

Gorana was awarded PhD in International Relations at the University of Sydney in 2014. She holds a Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney, where she graduated in 2010 and was awarded the Hedley Bull Prize for Postgraduate Coursework. Gorana graduated summa cum laude from the University of Zagreb in 2008 and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree with a major in Macroeconomics. Her undergraduate degree was partially completed at the National University of Singapore.

Gorana is teaching the following units in academic year 2017:

  • USSC3601 Public Opinion and Voting in the US
  • USSC6902 US Politics: Presidency and Congress
  • GOVT3989 Divided Societies
  • GOVT2445 American Politics and Foreign Policy   

Areas of expertise

  • US-Europe relations
  • US politics and elections
  • US foreign policy, defence and strategy