I am currently Associate Professor of history at Concordia University in Montreal where I teach courses on the history of nationalism, violence, and the Balkans. My research and writing investigate the local dynamics of intercommunal peace and discord in multi-ethnic communities, which I explore in the contexts of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia during the twentieth century. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I studied modern European history at the University of Pittsburgh, where I completed my B.A. Honours and M.A. degrees. It was during these years that I discovered my interest in the Yugoslav lands and began my study of the Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian language(s). I then moved to Canada for my doctoral studies in the modern history of the Balkans and Eastern Europe, which I completed at the University of Toronto. My research has won support from organizations such as the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. My articles have been published in journals such as American Historical Review. In November 2016, I published my first book, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press).