Prof Dejan Djokic


Professor of History

Rhetoric House
(01) 7087173


Dejan Djokić joined Maynooth University as Full Professor of History (post-1500) in June 2023. Previously, he held a Chair in Modern and Contemporary History at Goldsmiths, University of London, which he had joined as a lecturer in 2007 and where in 2009 he founded Centre for the Study of the Balkans, an interdisciplinary research centre which brings together UK-based and international scholars working on the region. Early on in his career, Dejan held lectureships at Birkbeck, University of London (2002/03) and The University of Nottingham (2003-2007; this was a permanent post). He has also held visiting (Columbia University, 2010) and guest (Humboldt University of Berlin, since 2020) professorships. He received a PhD in History from University College London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies) in 2004 and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University, New York in Spring that year. 

Dejan is the author of three monographs and four edited volumes. His latest book, A Concise History of Serbia, published by Cambridge in January 2023, has already received praise in media (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, New Books Network) and lengthy reviews in Croatian and Serbian scholarly journals. A revised Serbian edition, with a new foreword, was published by Akademska knjiga, Novi Sad, in October 2023.

In 2020-2023 Dejan was a Leverhulme Research Fellow. Previously, he was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2019-2020). Between March 2015 and September 2016 he held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at Humboldt University of Berlin (this was followed by an AvH Alumni award in 2023). Dejan's research was also funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK (2006-2007). In 2007 he was a Public Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, while in 2014 he held a Visiting Research Fellowship in the Department of History and Civilisation, European University Institute, Florence. Dejan has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2008.

Together with a group of fellow historians of Europe, in 2009 Dejan co-founded the ‘Rethinking Modern Europe’ seminar at Institute of Historical Research, University of London. 

He regularly provides expertise to media on historical and current affairs and engages with non-academic audiences. He has contributed to the Arte TV, BBC (TV, incl. Great Continental Railway Journeys, Radio 3 and Radio 4, World News and Serbian Section), Guardian, Independent, New Statesman, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, The Telegraph, Times Higher Education, Times Literary Supplement, and has frequently spoken at public events.

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, Dejan's research spans across, and brings together, three main strands: the Yugoslav war; global and cultural history of the Cold War; and history of Southeastern Europe since the Middle Ages. His latest book, A Concise History of Serbia, was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2023. A revised Serbian edition, with a new foreword, was published by Akademska knjiga, Novi Sad in October 2023. 

Dejan's main current research project, a pioneering study of the last generation of Yugoslav army conscripts (1990/91), has been funded by the British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust. 


Year Publication
2023 Dejan Djokić (2023) Istorija Srbije. Od ranog srednjeg veka do danas (A History of Serbia: From the Early Middle Ages to the Present). Novi Sad: Akademska knjiga. [Link]
2023 Dejan Djokić (2023) A Concise History of Serbia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Link]
2016 Dejan Djokić (2016) Неостварлив компромис: Историја за меѓувоената Југославија. Skopje: ARS Studio.
2010 Dejan Djokić (2010) Nikola Pašić and Ante Trumbić: The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. London/Chicago: Haus/Chicago University Press. [Link]
2010 Dejan Djokić (2010) Nedostižni kompromis: Srpsko-hrvatsko pitanje u međuratnoj Jugoslaviji. Belgrade: Fabrika knjiga. [Link]
2007 Dejan Djokić (2007) Elusive Compromise: A History of Interwar Yugoslavia. London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press. [Link]

Edited Book

Year Publication
2003 Dejan Djokić (Ed.). (2003) Yugoslavism: Histories of a Failed Idea, 1918-1992. London/Madison, WI: Hurst/University of Wisconsin Press, [Link]
2016 Dejan Djokić (Ed.). (2016) Југословенството: Истории за пропаднатата идеја 1918-1992. Skopje: ARS Studio,
2013 Dejan Djokić (Ed.). (2013) Nesentimentalni idealisti: Desimir Tošić, Božidar Vlajić i uvodnici časopisa Naša reč. Pariz-London, 1948-1990. Belgrade: Otkrovenje/Službeni glasnik,
2011 Dejan Djokić; James Ker-Lindsay (Ed.). (2011) New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies. London: Routledge, [Link]

Edited Journal Issue

Year Publication
2006 Dejan Djokić (2006) Beyond the Curtain: Britain, the Labour Party and the Left in Cold War Europe (European History Quarterly). [Edited Journal Issue] [Link]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2024 Dejan Djokić (2024) 'Reframing Nonalignment: Tito, Sukarno and the 1961 Belgrade Conference' In: Matthew Phillips, Naoko Shimazu (eds), Cold War Asia: A Visual History of Global Diplomacy. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2019 Dejan Djokić (2019) 'A very Yugoslav paradox? The strange afterlife of interwar democracy (and authoritarianism)'. Journal of Modern European History, 17 (1). [Link]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Royal Historical Society (UK) Fellow -
British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/05/2023 Humboldt Foundation Alumnus Fellow Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (Germany)
01/05/2020 Leverhulme Research Fellow The Leverhulme Trust (UK)
01/09/2019 British Academy Mid-Career Fellow The British Academy
01/03/2015 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (Germany)
01/01/2014 Visiting Research Fellow, Dept of History and Civilisation, EUI European University Institute (Florence)
01/02/2007 Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC (USA)
01/09/2003 Harriman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Columbia University, New York


Employer Position From / To
Goldsmiths, University of London Professor of History 01/09/2007 - 31/05/2023
The University of Nottingham Lecturer in Serbian and Croatian Studies 01/09/2003 - 31/08/2007
Birkbeck, University of London Lecturer in Modern History 01/09/2002 - 31/08/2003

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
Slavonic and East European Review Member of the Editorial Board -

Teaching Interests

Dejan convenes and teaches on the following BA and MA modules:

HY131 The Practice of History (Strand 3)

HY2009 Searching for Peace in the Cold War: Tito, Yugoslavia and the World

HY3023 Medieval and Early Modern Balkans, 800-1800

HY3025 Europe in the Age of Revolution and Nation, 1789-1878

HY319 History and Story (II) (tutorial) 

HY6004 War and Memory in Contemporary Balkans