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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Dejan Guzina

Dr. Dejan Guzina

Associate Dean: Program and Faculty Development, Faculty of Arts; Associate Professor, Political Science

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2225
Fax: 519-746-3655
Office Location: Room 4-154, Dr. Alvin Woods Building
Office Hours: TR 11:00pm - 12:00pm; or by appointment
Personal Website:

I came to Canada from Belgrade, Serbia, in 1990. Even though I received an honours degree in economics in 1984 from Belgrade University, once I moved to Canada I fell in love with all things “political” and “traded” my economics degree for the one in political science. I received my PhD in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa (January 2000). Prior to joining Laurier in 2001, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Queen’s University (2000-2001) in Kingston, Ont.

Deep economic, social and political changes in the past 25 years in what is now known as the Western Balkans have shaped my interests as an academic and a researcher. My research intersects comparative democratization, ethnic conflict management, and external state and nation building in the Western Balkans. I am particularly interested in  citizenship and minority rights in the context of power-sharing institutions, and the European Union’s reform policies in the region (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Serbia).

Research/areas of expertise:

Nationalism and ethnic conflict management.

Comparative democratization.

European accession policies in the Western Balkans.

MA supervision

Graduate students interested in the issues pertaining to my research are strongly encouraged to contact me. The fall schedule is extremely busy and the sooner they decide on the research topic the more time they will have for their research proposals.

Awards and Achievements

CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo) Collaborative Research Award (2014-2015).

CIGI Collaborative Research Award (2012-2014).

Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Merit Award (2003/2004).

Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union Teacher of the Year Award, 2003-2004.

Additional Information

The Associate Dean: Program and Faculty Development is responsible for:

Chairing the Curriculum Committee in the Faculty of Arts;

Coordinating the development of new programs in the Faculty of Arts and in conjunction with other Faculties;

Ensuring the accurate and effective representation of programs on the Laurier website;

Helping to coordinate the participation of faculty members in liaison activities including, but not limited to, the Ontario Universities Fair, Laurier Day, and on-campus visits by prospective students;

Working with faculty on facilitating research and developing teaching expertise;

Managing the Arts Travel Abroad Program;

Managing the applications for funding that come through the Dean’s Office;

Serving as Faculty Advisor to the Arts Undergraduate Society;

Assisting in other tasks that may be assigned by the Dean.