Julie Mostov, Ph.D.
Dean, Liberal Studies
Julie Mostov joined NYU in August 2017, from Drexel University, where she was Senior Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Professor of Politics. In addition to her many scholarly achievements, Dr. Mostov spearheaded a wide range of global initiatives and international research and academic partnerships for Drexel as Senior Vice Provost and, earlier, as Director of International Area Studies. She has also been a long-time member of the University of Bologna’s network on Europe and the Balkans and a regular visiting professor in its graduate programs.
Her recent scholarship is on the politics of national identity, sovereignty, citizenship, and gender and explores the notions of soft-borders and transnational citizenship. Publications related to these themes include her book Soft Borders: Rethinking Sovereignty and Democracy (2008); the co-edited volume, From Gender to Nation (2004, 2002); and book chapters such as “Soft Borders and Transnational Citizens” (2007) and “Nation and Nation-State” (2014). She has presented her interdisciplinary research with a focus on Southeastern Europe at universities and conferences in many parts of the globe. She served as a consultant for both the U.S. and the EU during the breakdown of Yugoslavia and designed and implemented State Department grants in support of democratic transitions and women’s leadership in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her earlier scholarship in democratic theory includes such works as Power, Process, and Popular Sovereignty (1992), “Endangered Citizenship,” and “Democracy and the Politics of National Identity.”
She has an A.B. in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. from the University of Belgrade, and a Ph.D. in Political Theory from NYU. Returning to NYU as the Dean for Liberal Studies, she brings together these rich experiences in global engagement, deep grounding in the liberal arts, and a commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching.