Sandra King Savic

King-Savic is a lecturer on migration and cultural studies, and Executive Director at the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe at the University of St. Gallen.

She received her Ph.D. in Organization and Culture (DOC) at the University of St. Gallen in February 2019, where she presently serves as a Postdoc at the School for Social Sciences and Humanities.

She volunteered as a human rights educator for Amnesty International and conducted open source research for the Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, at the University of Kansas before receiving a Swiss National Foundation scholarship for her dissertation on the transversal relationship between migration and informal markets (forthcoming in 2020, Routledge).

She received various grants, including the Foreign Language Area Studies and the A&S Study Abroad scholarship from the University of Kansas and the University of Wyoming, where she received her M.A. (2012) and B.A., (2010) respectively.

King-Savic examines how labor migrants and refugees from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia define their experience with deservingness of ‘integration’ in Switzerland.

Education

2019 Dr. rer. soc., Organization Studies, University of St. Gallen (HSG)

2013 MA of Arts, Russian and East European Studies, University of Kansas (KU)

2017 BA of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming (UWYO)

Professional Career

Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (January – May 2021)

International Postdoctoral Fellow, University of St. Gallen, CH (March 2019-present)

Lecturer at the Department of History, University of St. Gallen, CH (January 2018-present)

Executive Director at the Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St. Gallen, CH (2016-present)

Human Rights Educator, Amnesty International Switzerland (2017-2019)

Research Associate at the Department of Russian Culture and Society, University of St. Gallen, CH (2015-2018)

Research Assistant at the Department of Russian Culture and Society, University of St. Gallen, CH (2014-2018)

Research Assistant, Foreign Language and Area Studies & the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, USA (2012-2013)

Research Assistant, Foreign Military Studies Office & the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas, USA (2011-2012)

Internship, Wyoming Women’s Foundation, Laramie Wyoming, USA, (2010)

Assistant at the International Studies Department, University of Wyoming, USA, (2009-2010)

Internship, AMIDEAST Nabeul Language Village, Tunisia (June – August 2008)

Awards

Fellowship: International Postdoctoral Fellowship (IPF) awarded by the Basic Research Fund (GFF) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), competitive full academic scholarship for the post-doctoral project “Mediating Belonging in Switzerland: Strategies of Integration Among Labor Migrants and Refugees from Yugosalvia” (March 2019-March 2022)

Grant: Ernst Göhner Foundation grant for the realization of the theater project “Voices of the Via Egnatia” (2019, in cooperation with All might Change)

Grant: Landis & Gyr Foundation grant to conduct research of the theater project “Voices of the Via Egnatia” (2016, 2019)

Grant: Science Peer Mentoring awarded by the Basic Research Fund (GFF) at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Academic scholarship for the support of young researchers, 2015 – 2016, (co-conceptualized with Alice Froidevaux)

Fellowship: Swiss National Foundation (SNF) Fellowship awarded through the Department of Russian Culture and Society, University of St.Gallen (HSG) competitive full academic scholarship for the doctoral project “Transnational Black-Market Practices between Novi Pazar, Serbia, and Turkey: Re-Constructing Social Relations through the Prism of Šverc (Smuggling) (April 2015 – April 2018)

Fellowship: Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship (FLAS) awarded through the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas (KU), competitive full academic scholarship for the MA project “Social History of Interethnic Relations: A Case Study of Novi Pazar, Serbia” (2012-2013) • Prize: Transitions Online, Winner of the Next in Line.eu Citizen Journalist Contest (2012)

Fellowship: Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) scholarship awarded through the Center for Russian and East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas (KU), competitive full academic scholarship for ethnographic fieldwork in Novi Pazar, Serbia (May 2012-July 2012)

Fellowship: Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) awarded through the Center for Russian and East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Kansas (KU), competitive full academic scholarship for the MA project “Social History of Interethnic Relations: A Case Study of Novi Pazar, Serbia” (2011-2012)

Grant: Arts & Sciences Study Abroad Scholarship, academic scholarship to cover a Winter School in Brussels, University of Wyoming (March 2010)

Grant: Dick and Lynne Cheney Scholarship academic scholarship to cover a Winter School in Brussels, University of Wyoming (March 2010)

Teaching Activities

Immigration, Flight, Expulsion - A History of Migration 1650 - 2000 | University of St.Gallen, German and English, Spring 2018 - present

Migration und Technologie im Spannungsfeld von Möglichkeit und Kontrolle | Universität St.Gallen, Deutsch, Herbst 2019

Russian and Turkish Soft Power in the Western Balkans (study abroad) | University of St.Gallen, English, fall 2019

Imperium-Nation-Kommunismus: Zeitgenössische Interpretation von Nationalismus in Südosteuropa (study abroad) | University St. Gallen, fall 2018

Introduction to qualitative data collection | New Europe College in Bucharest, English, Spring 2019