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 regularly teaching GLST 201: Introduction to Global Studies, GLST 494: Capstone, GLST 395: Internship in Global Studies, GLST 280: Colonization, Decolonization and Globalization, I help supervise GLST 111 and GLST 311. I also lead a number of special topics courses abroad. So far, I have taken students to Belize, Belgium & Netherlands, and India. One of my favorite aspects of being a professor is helping students develop and write their honors thesis. 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 organizing, scheduling and bringing to life all Global Cafés and numerous other events throughout the year.
Research and Current Projects
At present, I am working on a project focused on refugee integration right here in Lincoln, Nebraska. My collaboration with Dr. Julia Reilly examines the various features of Career Ladder, a program that connects skilled immigrants and refugees to career pathways, digital resources, and a professional network while fostering economic opportunity and restoring dignity through work. 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.
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 280: Colonization, Decolonization and Globalization
- GLST 391: Education Abroad
- GLST 395: Internship in Global Studies
- GLST 494: Senior Seminar (Capstone)
- ANTH 212: Cultural Anthropology (only in the summer)
Perdikaris, Sophia, Roberto Abadie, Edith Gonzales and Emira Ibrahimpašić
2022 Neocolonialism, health disparities, and the effects of COVID-19 on Barbuda and Puerto Rico. In Island Studies Journal Special Issue: Critical Climate Change.
Ibrahimpašić, Emira and Kelly Payne
2021 Collective Memory and Critical Pedagogy: Approaching Education Abroad in Europe through the Critical Themes of Dissidence and Social Protest In Empires of the Mind? (Post)Colonialism and Decolonizing Education Abroad, CAPA: The Global Education Network Academic Publications, United Kingdom.
Sophia Perdikaris, Rebecca Boger, Edith Gonzalez, Emira Ibrahimpašić and Jennifer D. Adams.
2021 Disrupted identities and forced nomads: A post disaster legacy of neocolonialism in Barbuda, Lesser Antilles, In Nomadic Identities Issue of Island Studies Journal, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island.
Perdikaris, S., R. Boger, E. Ibrahimpašić
2019 Seduction, Promises and the Disneyfication of Barbuda Post Irma. TRANSLOCAL Contemporary Local and Urban Cultures Journal. Number 5 (un)inhabited spaces. Ana Salgueiro and Nuno Marques (eds). ISSN 2184-1519 Madeira and Umeå.
2013 Becoming Pious: Muslim women, reislamization and agency in post-war and post-communist Bosnia and Herzegovina In Spirituality of Balkan women: breaking boundaries: the voices of women of ex-Yugoslavia University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Annales University Press.
2009 Agency through struggle. Muslim women’s identities in secular Bosnia-Herzegovina In Changing Europe Summer School Book series Vol. 6, Stuttgart: Ibidem Publishers