Learning National Identity: Formal and Informal Education in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia


Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies


Political Science


Through empirical research in BiH and Croatia, this work explores the effects of segregation and curriculum on the identity formation of secondary school students using qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Using a questionnaire based on my analysis of a large qualitative dataset (N=256), I survey secondary school students and history teachers (first wave N=2,989, second wave projected N=6,000) from six locations in each BiH and Croatia. This work contributes to the conceptualization and measurement of individuals' national identity, and will assist scholars of national identity to understand how identity is learned. It will also help practitioners working in the Yugoslav successor states and other conflict areas understand the effects of various educational policies and practices.