Francine Friedman

Francine Friedman

Professor of Political Science

International Relations / Comparative Politics

Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ 295C

About Francine Friedman

Dr. Friedman joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 1990. Her teaching focuses on international relations, especially in ethnic conflict, international decision-making and negotiation, and terrorism. Her research focuses primarily on the politics of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and their successor states, with a research specialization on Yugoslav, and Bosnian studies. Dr. Friedman has taught Introduction International Relations (POLS 293), Politics of Russia and the Successor States (POLS 386), International Relations: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (POLS 396), Special Topics in Political Science (POLS 403), Politics of Terrorism (POLS 494), and Honors Colloquium (HONR 390) at the undergraduate level.

Dr. Friedman is also the Director of the Jewish Studies Project at Ball State. This project is focused on providing speakers and special programs for faculty, students, and the local community on issues of importance to the Jewish people.


Professional Experience

  • Ball State University: Professor, Department of Political Science, (2004-Present)
  • Ball State University: Director, Jewish Studies Project, (2002-Present)
  • Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society of the International Political Science Association: Board Member, (2005-Present)
  • International Tribunal for the Prosecutions of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia: Expert Consultant, (1996-Present) 
  • Ball State University: Board Member, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, (1998-2012)
  • Ball State University: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, (1996-2004)
  • Council on Foreign Relations: Indianapolis, (1994-1997)
  • Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (1990-1996)
  • Vanderbilt University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (1988-1989)
  • Vanderbilt University: Research Associate, Center for European Studies, (1986-1987)
  • Temple University: Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Federalism, (1980-1985)
  • St. Mary's University: Instructor, (1987-1982)
  • Stanford University: Research, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, (1980-81)
  • Jerusalem Institute for Federal Studies: Research Fellow, (1978-1979)
  • Hebrew University: Research Fellow, Soviet and East European Research Center, (1978-1979)



  • Ph.D.     International Relations,  Claremont Graduate School
  • M.I.S.     International Relations,  Claremont Graduate School
  • M.A.      Political Science,  McMaster University
  • A.B.      Political Science,   Syracuse University


Selected Research and Publications

Journal Articles

  • "Islam kao nacionalni identitet: Bosanskohercegovački Muslimani slavenskog porijekla (s osvrtom na Muslimane Novopazarskog sandžaka): (Islam as a National Identity: The Bosnian Muslims of Slavic Origin (With Reference to the Muslims of the Sandžak of Novi Pazar)", Forum Bosnae (2002), pp. 85-104.
  • "Mission Creep in the Balkans: Civil-Military Dynamics," Punjab Journal of Politics (July-December 2000), pp. 1-28. (Co-author Robin Allison Remington).
  • "Dayton, Democratization and Governance: Electoral Dilemmas in Bosnian Peace and Security," International Relations 15 (April 200), pp. 22-29.
  • "The Muslim Slavs of Bosnia and Herzegovina (With Reference to the Sandžak): Islam as National Identity." Nationalities Papers 28 (2000).
  • "Fighting in Bosnia: An Expected Utility Evaluation of Possible Settlements," International Interactions 23, nos. 3-4 (1997), pp. 55-78.


  • Like Salt for Bread: The Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina (in preparation).
  • Editor of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Evolution of Its Political and Legal Institutions, by Mustafa Imamovic. Sarajevo: "Magistrat" Sarajevo, 2006. [Winner of the prize for best Foreign Language book at the Sarajevo Book Fair, 2006]
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Polity on the Brink, London: Routledge, 2004.
  • The Bosnian Muslims: Denial of a Nation, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.
  • Yugoslavia: A Comprehensive English-Language Bibliography, Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources, 1993.


Honors and Awards

  • Fullbright Visiting Scholar to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012-2013)
  • Winner of "Best Foreign Language Book" at the Sarajevo Book Fair, as Editor of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Evolution of Its Political and Legal Institutions, by Mustafa Imamovic (2006)
  • Distinguished Alum of the Lima (Ohio) City School System (2005)
  • Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Studies Faculty Research Grant (2005)
  • University of Illinois Summer Research Laboratory Associateship (1983,1987,1994)
  • American Philosophical Society Research Grant (1981-1982)
  • National Defense Education Act Fellowship (1971-1974)
  • McMaster University Graduate Fellowship (1970-1971)


Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Honors Colloquium 390 870 1100 - 1215 T R OL, room ONLINE
International Relati 293 801 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Politics of Terroris 494 801 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Adv Issues Political 603 1 0000 - 0000