Jill Irvine is President’s Associates Presidential Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is founding director of the Center for Social Justice, served as Director of Community Engagement and Vice Provost for Faculty in the Office of the Sr. Vice President and Provost and currently holds the position of Interim Senior Vice President and Provost.
Dr. Irvine received her BA in History from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Government from Harvard University. Her teaching and research interests include social movements, political mobilization, and transnational activism, with a focus on gender. She has written numerous books, articles, chapters, and government reports on ethno-religious movements and democratic transformations in Eastern Europe. She is the author of The Croatian Question, Partisan Politics in the Formation of the Yugoslav Socialist State (Westview Press, 1995); co-author of Natalija, Life in the Balkan Powderkeg (Central European University Press, 2007) and co-editor of State-Society Relations in Yugoslavia 1945-1992 (St. Martin’s Press, 1997) and Gendered Mobilization: Intersectional Challenges in Social Movements in North America and Europe (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming in 2018). Her work has appeared in journals such as Democratization; Politics & Gender; East European Politics; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Communist and Postcommunist Studies; East European Politics and Societies; and Contexts.
Dr. Irvine’s consulting includes USAID Democracy and Governance projects; the NGO Sustainability Index (USAID); and the Varieties of Democracy Project, and she has briefed the US ambassador to Croatia and his staff. She has received fellowships from numerous funding agencies including the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. Irvine is currently campus principal investigator on a multi-year project to produce event data for use in social science research funded by the National Science Foundation.