Pieter Troch, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2008–2012 PhD. in East European Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University, Belgium
  • 2003–2007 MA in East-European Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University, Belgium

Research interests

Nationalism and ethnic mobilisation, migration and refugee studies, urban history, Yugoslavia, Kosovo

Research projects

  • Unlikely refuge? Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century, ERC Consolidator grant, Research fellow, starting 03/2020
  • Individualising Socialism: Individual Agency and Social Change in Socialist Yugoslavia’s Periphery, 1950s–1970s, European Commission, Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, 2017–2019
  • Education and Yugoslav Nationhood in Interwar Yugoslavia: Possibilities, Limitations and Interactions with Other National Ideas, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), predoctoral fellowship, 2008–2012

Teaching since

  • 2018–2019: University of Regensburg, Chair of Southeast European History


Publications since


  • Janssens, Thomas, and Troch, Pieter. Layers of Time in the Urban Landscape – Visions of Socialist Urbanity in Mitrovica. Berlin: jovis, 2018.
  • Troch, Pieter. Nationalism and Yugoslavia: Education, Yugoslavism and the Balkans before World War II. London: IB Tauris, 2015.

Articles in impacted journals

  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Of private and social in socialist cities: The individualising turn in housing in a medium-sized city in socialist Yugoslavia’. Journal of Urban History, OnlineFirst, June 2019, DOI: 10.1177/0096144219857681. 
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Socialist urban development in Kosovska Mitrovica: Compressed socio-spatial duality in a medium-sized industrial city in Yugoslavia’s underdeveloped South’. Godišnjak za društvenu istoriju 25/2 (2018): 33–61.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Social dynamics and nationhood in employment politics in the Trepça mining complex in socialist Kosovo (1960s)’. Labor History 60/3 (2019): 217–34, DOI: 10.1080/0023656X.2019.1533747.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Interwar Yugoslav state-building and the changing social position of the Sokol gymnastics movement’. European Review of History 26/1 (2019): 60–83, DOI: 10.1080/13507486.2018.1468735.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘From ‘and’ to ‘either/or’: Nationhood in Montenegro during the Yugoslav twentieth century’. East European Politics and Societies 28/1 (2014): 25–48, DOI: 10.1177/0888325413502284.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Interactive nationhood: The relation between Yugoslav and Croatian national identity in the interwar period’. Nations and Nationalism 19/4 (2013): 781–98, DOI: 10.1111/nana.12045.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘The intertwining of religion and nationhood in interwar Yugoslavia: The school celebrations of St. Sava’s Day’. The Slavonic and East-European Review 91/2 (2013): 135–61, DOI: 10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.91.2.0235.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Between Yugoslavism and Serbianism: Reshaping collective identity in Serbian textbooks between the World Wars’. History of Education 41/2 (2012): 175–94, DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2011.587837.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Between tribes and nation: Defining Yugoslav national identity in interwar Yugoslav elementary school curricula’. Südost-Forschungen 69–70 (2010–11): 152–81.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘Yugoslavism between the world wars: Indecisive nation-building’. Nationalities Papers 38/2 (2010): 227–44, DOI: 10.1080/00905990903517819.
  • Troch, Pieter. ‘The divergence of elite national thought in Montenegro during the interwar period’. Tokovi Istorije 1–2/2008: 21–37.

Book chapters

  • Troch, Pieter. ‘The challenge of the Ottoman legacy: Yugoslav nation-building and South Slav Muslim togetherness in interwar Yugoslavia’. In (Mis)Understanding the Balkans: Essays in Honour of Raymond Detrez, edited by Michel de Dobbeleer and Stijn Vervaet, 123–34. Ghent: Academia Press, 2013.