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Emily Greble

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Emily Greble

Associate Professor Deputy Chair

NAC 5/127B

Professor Greble specializes in the history of modern Eastern Europe and the Balkans, particularly the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Her research and teaching focus on questions of Islam in Europe, civil war, social transformation, and the nature of the post-Ottoman era. Her first book, Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler's Europe, examined the multicultural city Sarajevo during the Second World War. She currently is at work on two book projects. In Muslims on the Edge of Europe: the Making of a "European" Islam in the Balkans, 1878–1946,Greble analyzes Muslim life, politics, law, and culture in the post-Ottoman Balkans. Specifically, she is exploring the relationship between faith and citizenship;the integration of Sharia law and Sharia courts into European liberal state structures;the right of return for Muslim migrants and refugees;the nature of the public sphere;and the meaning of the "Muslim world" for Muslims living in post-Ottoman Europe. Her second book project, Europe's Forgotten Civil War: Yugoslavia and the Early Cold War (1946-1949),uncovers the hidden story of a civil war in early socialist Yugoslavia and its place in early Cold War politics. In reconstructing the story of the war, Greble analyzes the complicated web of armed insurgencies and militias, urban dissident networks, underground schools, and religious humanitarian missions that used food, health care, and social services to undermine the socialist government. 

Professor Greble has held fellowships at the Remarque Institute at New York University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, part of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in Washington, D.C. She also has won numerous grants, including from Fulbright-Hays, ACLS, Mellon foundation, IREX, and the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH). In spring 2016, she will be a Fulbright scholar in Serbia. 

In 2015, Professor Greble won the President's Award for Outstanding Faculty Service at the City College of New York. 


B.A., College of William and Mary

MA, Ph.D., Stanford University

Courses Taught

Soviet History

A Comparative History of European Land Empires (Habsburg, Ottoman, Russian)

Eastern Europe, 1945-1989

The Collapse of Communism and the Post Communist World

Minorities in Modern Europe

Research Interests

Twentieth century Eastern Europe, World War II, Islam in Europe


 Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler's Europe (Cornell University Press, 2011)

"Illusions of Justice: Fascist, Customary and Islamic Law in the Independent State of Croatia," Past & Present, 2013. Link.

"Multiculturalism in Wartime Sarajevo," Berfrois (May 5, 2011)

"When Croatia needed Serbs: Nationalism and Genocide in Sarajevo, 1941-1942," Slavic Review 68:1 (Spring 2009).

"Preispitanje Historije i Historiografije Jugoslavije tokom drugog svjetkog rata: Slučaj Sarajeva," in Zbornik Radova: Revizija prošlosti na prostorima bivše Jugoslavije (Sarajevo: Institut za Istoriju, 2007).

"Posljednji mjeseci ratnog perioda: Sarajevska Iskustva," in Zbornik Radova: 60 godina od završetka drugog svjetskog rata – kako se sjećati 1945. godine (Sarajevo: Institut za Istoriju, 2006).   

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