BioMirsad Krijestorac holds a PhD in Political Science from Florida International University's School of International and Public Affairs, Department of Politics and International Relations where he also teaches his senior level course on Ethnicity and Nationalism. He holds an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Journalism. His research interests include nationalism, identity, religion, conflict and peace studies in comparative politics and international relations. Mirsad's main regional concentration is on SE Europe and the MENA region, while he is also following the ongoing changes in ethnic relations in the U.S. Recently, he contributed a chapter on the development of the Muslim Community in South Florida for the book “Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA.” Mirsad is associated with the SIPA’s Muslims World Studies Center Initiative and the Middle East Studies Program. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at SIPA, and he is working on turning his dissertation titled “Nationalism as a Process for Making the Desired Identity Salient: Bosnian Muslims Become Bosniaks” into a book manuscript. Mirsad lives in South Florida with his wife, where they are raising their hyper-creative children, close-minded cat, and an organic garden.