Pëllumb Kelmendi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. His research focuses on civil wars, international peacekeeping, and post-conflict institution building. Prior to joining Auburn, Pëllumb was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University, M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and B.A. from the University of Chicago. His research has been published by the Journal of Conflict Resolution and prior to joining Auburn University, he taught at Brown University and the University of Prishtina.
Remzije Istrefi works as Professor at the Faculty of Law and the Department of Political Science of the University of Prishtina. Ms. Istrefi holds a PhD in Political Science with a specialization in International Human Rights Law and International Organizations. She finished her studies in International Human Rights Law (L.L.M) at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, after receiving her B.A. at the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina. Ms. Istrefi worked as a Human Rights Advisor with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo for 10 years and has served as a consultant for different international and national institutions including UNDP, ECMI, KJI and KIPA. In 2008 Ms. Istrefi was awarded the Fulbright Exchange Scholar Program under which she spent one semester at the John Hope Franklin Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies at Duke University. Ms. Istrefi also spent time at the Institute for International Relations of the University of Graz (sponsored by WUS Austria) where she researched in the field of international territorial administrations. Ms. Istrefi is a member of the Bar Exam commission and also is actively involved as a researcher in various research projects. Ms. Istrefi has published several scientific articles in the field of human rights and has contributed to numerous books published in Europe. Since 2010 Ms. Istrefi is Executive Project Manager of the biggest multi-ethnic project ever implemented in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica “Bridging the Divide”, funded by Ministry of Foreign affairs of Netherlands. Since 2011 Ms. Istrefi is Arbiter at the American Chamber of Commerce.
Mentor Agani is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Prishtina and holds an MPIA/ESD degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. During the academic year 2006-2007 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University. He is a fellow of the Academic Fellowship Program/Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations. He teaches courses on Civil Society, Theories and Models of Democracy and Nations and Nationalism at the Departments of Sociology and Political Science of the University of Prishtina
Anton Vukpalaj is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Prishtina. He studied Political Science, Political Sociology, Comparative Politics and European Integrations at the French university of Sorbonne (1994-1999), University of Paris 10 (1999-2004), and Institut des Science Sociales du Politique (2004-2008). He has published numerous papers and has researched and published extensively on the Western Balkans. His PhD thesis on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was published by the Michel Houdiard Editeur publishing house in France, in June 2010. He has been working as a freelance scientific collaborator at the Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (ISP) in Paris since October 2004. In 2011 he became a regular member of ISP. Since 2006 he is a scientific collaborator of Groupe d’Analyse Politique (GAP) at the University of Paris 10. During the academic year 2011-2012 he became Lecturer at the University of Pristina, Department of Political Science, where he became Assistant Professor in 2013.