Andrej Grubacic

Andrej Grubacic, PhD

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Anthropology and Social Change

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CIIS Main Building
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San Francisco, CA 94103

Andrej Grubacic is the Chair of the Anthropology and Social Change department. Andrej 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 that were 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 world systems analysis, anarchism, and anarchist theory, influences his research perspective which includes experiences of self-organization, solidarity, voluntary association, and mutual aid on the world-scale. His ongoing research on exilic spaces in the modern capitalist world system considers how spaces of self-activity are produced and reproduced on the outside/inside of capitalist civilization. His research focus is on the autonomous geographies of the Russian Cossacks, Atlantic pirates, Macedonian Roma, Jamaican Maroons, and Mexican Zapatistas. His other research interests include history of the Balkans, militant research, and activist ethnography. 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.

Selected books

Selected book chapters and articles

  • Chris Spannos, ed. (2007). "Participatory Balkans". Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century. AK Press. ISBN 978-1-904859-78-9.

      "Don't Mourn, Balkanize! Interview

Selected radio appereances:

  • Link Simon Critchley and Andrej Grubacic talk about neo-anarchism, Obama, and political mobilizations on KPFA 94.1 FM.

Book reviews (Wobblies and Zapatistas)
Book Reviews of Don't Mourn, Balkanize!

Book Reviews (Staughton Lynd Reader) 

PhD, Sociology SUNY Binghamton

MA, Sociology, SUNY Binghamton

BA, History, University of Belgrade




Andrej Grubacic - Wobblies and Zapatistas from Jamie LeJeune on Vimeo.