Ivana Lazaroska is a second year Ph.D student in Modern European History. Prior to Vanderbilt, she received her M.A. degree from Central European University (CEU). Based on primary research in Serbia, North Macedonia and Bosnia, and within the framework of imperial legacies, her MA thesis, Governing the Muslim Communities: The Caliphate and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, 1923-1927, examined the relationship between the Muslim communities of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and the institution of the Caliphate. Currently, she focuses on late-Ottoman and post-Ottoman Southeast Europe. She is interested in examining how mountainous borderlands have shaped Muslim minority self-identification and alliances, and the shifting relationship among mountain environments, borderland, and community development in the long twentieth century.