Emira Ibrahimpasic
Assistant Professor of Practice, Assistant Director Global Studies


Although my Ph.D. is in Cultural Anthropology, I have a strong interdisciplinary background, which influences my teaching and research. I have multiple roles here at Global Studies. The first role is serving as the Assistant Professor of Practice and the second is serving as the program’s Assistant Director. In addition to teaching GLST 201: Introduction to Global Studies and GLST 494: Capstone, I also developed and supervise GLST 395: Internship in Global Studies. I also lead a number of special topics courses abroad. So far, I've taken students to Belize, Belgium & Netherlands, and India. My other duties include helping students with planning for short and long-term opportunities and I work closely with those students in our major who are applying for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships like Critical Language Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Fulbright Award and many others. I am also responsible for helping schedule Global Cafés and I welcome any ideas you may have.

Research and Current Projects

At present, I am working on a project focused on refugee integration in Nebraska and brooder Midwest. In addition, my non-domestic research interests focus on the plight of women in the Global South, and more specifically West Africa. My primary focus is on the ways in which women challenge and work outside and inside the confines of familial, social and cultural expectations that limit their economic participation to achieve economic independence. At present, I am securing sites to visit in summer 2021 to begin preliminary fieldwork.

My doctoral dissertation titled "Women Living Islam in Post-War and Post-Socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina" was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my academic career. For a long time my research experience and interests were centered around religion, Islam, women and gender, post-conflict development and non-governmental organizing. I specialize in Eastern Europe, but my research interests extend to Middle East, Asia and North Africa. When not at work (or working on my courses towards another advanced degree, I enjoy bike riding, gardening, and reading. Although my gears have shifted, my interest and knowledge of these topics remains up to date and current.


GLST 201: Introduction to Global Studies
GLST 391: Education Abroad
GLST 395: Internship in Global Studies
GLST 494: Senior Seminar (Capstone)
ANTH 212: Cultural Anthropology (only in the summer)

Selected Publications



  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2012
  • M.B.A., College of Business, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, 2019
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2004
  • B.A., Anthropology and Philosophy, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, 2002

Areas of expertise

Development, Economic Anthropology, women’s economic empowerment, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, identity, Islam, Women in Islam, post-socialist reconstruction and transition, agency, women in leadership, and history, culture, and religion of former Yugoslavia.