Zilka Spahic Siljak

Visiting Lecturer on Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies


Zilka Spahic Siljak is an independent scholar from Bosnia.  She holds a master's degree in human rights and democracy, jointly conferred by the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo, and a PhD in gender studies from the University of Novi Sad.  As a research scholar and public intellectual, Siljak also draws upon more than a decade of experience in the higher education and non-governmental sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Siljak’s research and activism focuses on the nexus of human rights, religion, politics, education, gender, and peace-building.  She has previously taught on these topics at Arizona State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Oslo, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Vienna, the University of Belgrade, and the University of Novi Sad.

Her research has been included in such publications as Contesting Female, Feminist and Muslim Identities: Post-socialist Context of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (2012), Women, Religion and Politics (2010), Women Believers and Citizens (2009), Three Monotheistic Voices: Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (2009), and Religious Studies at Universities in BiH (2008). She was a Research Associate of the Women's Studies in Religion Program in 2012-2013.

For more information on Zilka Spahic Siljak, please see her profile on the Women's Studies in Religion Program page.

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