He is а PhD candidate and Barnett Scholar of Social Policy at the University of Oxford, where he is exploring the Discursive Framing, Child Cost Replacement, and Fertility Effects of generous child benefits in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Beside his DPhil, he is working for Prof. Timothy Garton Ash as a part-time Research Assistant on Young People’s expectations of the European Union.
He earned his undergraduate degree in Politics and East European Studies from University College London in 2017 and a graduate degree in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies from Georgetown University in 2019. Professionally, he has worked for USAID’s Office for Transition Initiatives in Skopje, interned for the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C, and taught as a Guest Lecturer at the University American College in Skopje.
Kristijan has written for New Eastern Europe, Balkan Insight, Oxford Political Review, Quillette, The New Federalist, and The Vostokian, as well as the Macedonian-language publications Respublika and Okno. He recently co-authored two book chapters for Routledge on EU accession and conspiracy theories in North Macedonia under the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) initiative. His other research interests include Identity Politics, Nationalism, and Electoral Systems.
Kristijan is a Research Fellow at PRESPA Institute since October 2021.