Julianne Funk is a peace scholar-practitioner focused on the Western Balkans, specialized on religions and based in Switzerland. She consults and teaches in academia and with NGOs. Julianne is an external lecturer at the University of Zurich (political science and religious studies), Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Editorial Assistant at the journal Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. Her fieldwork includes project work with local peacebuilding organizations in the Western Balkans. To support these various efforts she also works freelance as a copy-editor since 2000. Julianne received her PhD in social sciences and MA in peace and conflict studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; her BA is in theology from Wheaton College in the USA. Julianne’s recent research and publications include the themes of faith-based or religious peacebuilding, Bosnian Islam, suživot (coexistence), identity, and trauma and healing.


Healing and Peacebuilding after War: Transforming Trauma in Bosnia & Herzegovina (co-edited with Nancy Good and Marie E. Berry). Oxford: Routledge, forthcoming.

Bringing Faith into the Practice of Peace. Muslim Paths to Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (co-authored with Z. Spahić Šiljak). In Reconciliation in Global Context: Why It Is Needed and How It Works, ed. B. Krondorfer. New York: SUNY University Press, forthcoming.

Bosnian Diaspora Experiences of Suživot or Traditional Coexistence: Bosnian Lonac, American Melting Pot or Swiss Fondue? In Both Muslim and European. Diasporic and Migrant Identities of Bosnian Muslims, ed. Dž. Šuško. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

Feeding the Hungry Spirits. A Socially Engaged Buddhist Response to the Distortion of Trauma (co-authored with J.J. Lembke). In Trauma and Lived Religion. Transcending the Ordinary, ed. R.R. Ganzevoort & S. Sremac. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

Neizliječena trauma: rad na ozdravljenju i izgradnji mira u BiH. (co-edited with N. Good) Sarajevo: TPO Foundation, 2017.

Mennonite Peacebuilding: Conflict Transformation as a Spiritual Practice. In Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions, ed. P. Dhakal & J.E. Pim, 195-219. Honolulu: The Center for Global Nonkilling, 2015.

Public Expressions of Bosnian Muslim Religiosity and Lived Faith: The Cases of Friday Prayer and Hijab. In Revival of Islam in the Balkans: From Identity to Religiosity, ed. A. Elbasani & O. Roy, 204-221. London: Palgrave, 2015.

Women and the Spirit of Suživot in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Spirituality of Balkan Women, ed. N. Furlan Štante & M. Harcet, 171-184. Koper, Slovenia: Univerzitetna Založba Annales, 2013.

Towards an Identity Theory of Peacebuilding. Working Paper No. 15, Leuven: Centre for Research on Peace and Development (2013).

Peace Camp 2012 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: A BVS reflection. Newsline (28 November 2012).

Učeći od stručnjaka [Learning from the experts]. Mirovne Novosti 11 (December 2011): 16-17.

Religions at the Interface of Identity Politics and Political Identities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Transitions 51.1-2 (2011): 131-151.

Reflections on Islamic Reconciliation as a ‘Return to Normalcy’ from a Social Scientific Perspective. In R. Bieringer & D. Bolton, eds. Reconciliation in Interfaith Perspective: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Voices, 133-161. Leuven: Peeters, 2011.

Between the ‘Already’ and the ‘Not Yet’: A Peace Perspective and a Catholic Theological Viewpoint on Religion and Politics (co-authored with E. Van Stichel). Political Theology 11.5 (2010): 737-762.

Building Sustainable Peace: Enacting Peace and Development. (co-edited with L. Reychler and K.H.R. Villanueva) Bilbao: University of Deusto, 2009.

Identity and Conflict Transformation in Post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Peace Conflict and Identity: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Research ed. R.C. Hudson, W. Benedek, F. Ferrándiz and K.H.R. Villanueva. Bilbao: University of Deusto, 2009