Andrej Grubacic started his academic career as an historian of 16th century Anabaptist "world turned upside down" at the University of Belgrade in what used to be Yugoslavia. After the breakup of Yugoslavia, for reasons both political and intellectual, he left the country, and reinvented himself as a historical social scientist. At the Fernand Braudel Center in SUNY Binghamton he initiated a research project on utopistics: a study of possible alternatives to the capitalist world-system.
His interest in anarchism and anarchist social theory influences his research perspective which now includes experiences of self-organization, solidarity, voluntary association, and mutual aid on the world-scale. His dissertation, Historical Sociology of State-Breaking: Non-State Spaces in the Capitalist World Economy, considers how spaces of self-activity are produced and reproduced on the outside/inside of capitalist civilization. His focus is on the autonomous geographies of the Cossacks in Russia, Atlantic pirates, American maroons, and Mexican Zapatistas.
His other research interests include anarchist social theory, anarchist historical social science, world systems analysis, global social movements, postcapitalist politics, theories of modernity/coloniality, Anabaptists, witches, and medieval heretics, Romani studies, US labor movement history, utopian education, and the peoples history of the Balkan peninsula. He is the author of several books. His most recent book publication in English is Don't Mourn, Balkanize! Essays After Yugoslavia (2010).
Andrej is a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum, the Industrial Workers of the World, and the Global Balkans Network. He is associated with Retort, a group of antinomian writers, artists, artisans, and teachers based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
2010 Don't Mourn, Balkanize! Essays After Yugoslavia. Oakland: PM Press.
2010 From Here to There: The Staughton Lynd Reader. Oakland: PM Press.
2008 Wobblies and Zapatistas. Oakland: PM Press, 2008.
2003 Globalization of Refusal. Novi Sad: Svetovi (in Serbo-Croatian).
PhD, Sociology SUNY Binghamton
MA, Sociology, SUNY Binghamton
BA, History, University of Belgrade