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Dr. Joseph Jon Kaminski
Associate Professor Dr.

Education

DegreeFaculty/ProgramUniversityYear

PhD

Political Science

Purdue University

2014

MA

Department of Political Science

City University of New York (CUNY)- Graduate Center

2008

BA

Political Science and Philosophy

Rutgers University- Rutgers College

2004

Academic Experience

TitleFaculty/ProgramUniversityPeriod

Associate Professor

International Relations

International University of Sarajevo

2019-current

Assistant Professor

International Relations

International University of Sarajevo

2014-2019

Adjunct Lecturer

Sociology

Indiana University Northwest

Spring 2014 and 2008-2009

Adjunct Lecturer

Political Science

University of Indianapolis

Fall 2012

Independent Instructor

Political Science

Purdue University

Fall 2011

Graduate Teaching Fellow

Political Science

Brooklyn College

2005-2008

Admisnitrative Experience

TitleFaculty/ProgramUniversityPeriod

Department Chair

International Relations

International University of Sarajevo

June 2018 to January 2021

MA/PhD Advisor

International Relations

International University of Sarajevo

2015-current

Associate Section Editor-- Epiphany- Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies

FASS

International University of Sarajevo

2015-2016

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Primary Regional Interests: Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, the Balkans

Current Research Interests: Comparative Political Theory, Islamic Political Thought, liberalism, Islamic approaches to public reason

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BOOKS

Kaminski, Joseph. (2021). Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation. New York, NY: Routledge (Series in Religion and Politics). xiv + 198 pp. ISBN: 978-0367534110

  • Released simultaneously in hardback, paperback, and e-pub format.

Kaminski, Joseph. (2017). The Contemporary Islamic Governed State: A Reconceptualization. New York, NY: Palgrave (Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History) xii + 331 pp.

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REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Kaminski, Joseph (2021). Recalibrating Our Levels of Analysis: Working Towards Islamic Democratic Governance from the Ground-Up. Comparative Political Theory, 1(2), pp. 335-343. ISSN: 2666-9765

Kaminski, Joseph (2021) European Islam: An Islam without Direct Reference to Divine Law? Religious Studies Review, 47(3), pp. 345-349. ISSN: 0319-485X [WoS—AHCI & Scopus Indexed]

Kaminski, Joseph. (2020). Succeeding as a Western Academic Working at a Newer Foundation University in a Developing Country. PS: Political Science and Poliitcs, 53 (3), pp. 532-536. [WoS— SSCI-Current Contents & Scopus Indexed]

Kaminski, Joseph. (2020). ‘And Part Not with My Revelations for a Trifling Price’— Reconceptualizing Islam’s Aniconism through the Lenses of Reification and Representation as Meaning Making. Social Compass, 67 (1), pp. 120-136. [WoS— SSCI-Current Contents & Scopus Indexed]

Kaminski, Joseph. [with M.E. Tok]. (2019). Islam, Entrepreneurship, and Embeddedness. Thunderbird International Business Review; 61 (5), pp. 697-705. [WoS- ESCI & Scopus Indexed]

Kaminski, Joseph. (2019). Rethinking Realism and Constructivism throigh the Lenses of Themes and Ontological Primacy. Croatian International Relations Review, 25 (85), pp. 6-29. [WoS- ESCI & Scopus Indexed]

Kaminski, Joseph. (2016). Beyond Capitalism: Exploring the Limitations and Weaknesses in Max Weber’s General Understanding of the Islamic Discourse. Intellectual Discourse, 24 (1), pp. 35-58. [WoS- ESCI & Scopus Indexed]

Kaminski, Joseph. (2016). The Islamic Fundamentalist that Could Have Been— Parallels between the Rhetoric of Joseph de Maistre and Contemporary Islamic Fundamentalist Movements. Siysal Bılımer Dergisi/Marmara University Journal of Political Science, 4 (1), pp. 195-216.

Kaminski, Joseph. (2014). The Islamophobia Industry, Hate, and Its Impact on Muslim Immigrants and OIC State Development. Islamophobia Studies Journal, 2 (2), pp. 157-176.

Kaminski, Joseph. (2014).  World War I and Propaganda Poster Art: Comparing the United States and German Cases. Epiphany: Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies, 7 (2), pp. 64-81.

Kaminski, Joseph. (2013). Bureaucracy and Modernity: A Comparative Qualitative Analysis of Bureaucratic Development in the US and OIC StatesPolitics, Bureaucracy and Justice, 3 (2), pp. 1-10.

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BOOK CHAPTERS

Kaminski, Joseph. (2019). “The OIC and the Paris 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Islam and the Environment,” In: M.E. Tok and Leslie. A. Pal, eds., Global Governance and Muslim Organizations. New York: Palgrave. pp. 171-195

Kaminski, Joseph [with Mesut Idriz]. (2019). “Is the Shari’ah and Global Governance Compatible? —Islamic Financial Institutions as a Laboratory for Conceptual Analysis,” In M.E. Tok and Leslie A. Pal, eds., Global Governance and Muslim Organizations. New York: Palgrave. pp. 267-287

Kaminski, Joseph. (2015). “‘I am the God of My Own Tribe:’ Weinstein and Islam,” In: D. Rubenstein and R. Oprisko, eds., Michael A. Weinstein: Action, Contemplation, Vitality. New York, NY: Routledge Publishers. pp. 148-166.

Kaminski, Joseph. (2015). “Comparing the Goals and Aspirations of Contemporary National-Based Islamist Movements vs. Contemporary Transnational-Based Islamist Movements,” In: T. Poirson and R. Oprisko, eds., Caliphates and Global Islamic Politics.  Bristol, UK: E-International Relations Publications. pp. 38-53.

     *This book was translated into Arabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Obeikon Education Publishers, 2016). (ISBN: 978-603-503-885-0)

 

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ARTICLES IN NEWSPAPERS

Zašto BiH diskriminaira ljude s prebivalištem? (Why does Bosnia and Herzegovina Discriminate Against People with Legal Residency?) Oslobođenje. 2 January, 2021 Translated by Enna Zone Đonlić.

Turkey a check on radical ideologies in the BalkansThe Journal of Turkish Weekly. 24, January 2016. (Re-Printed)

Budućnost demokratije u BiH!?-- Razmišljaj o prihodima, a ne institucijama!, translated from English to Bosnian by Enna Zone Đonlić.  Oslobođenje, 15 November 2014.  p. 22.  

The Future of Bosnia’s Democracy—Think Income, not Institutions. Sarajevo Times. 28 October, 2014. 

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OTHER PUBLICATIONS

(Book Review) 2019. Radical Arab Nationalism and Political Islam, by Lahouari Addi. Politics and Religion, 12(3), pp. 543–545. (ISSN: 1755-0483)

(Book Review) 2018. Islamic Resistance to Imperialism, by Eric Walberg, ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies, 3(2), pp. 217-220. (ISSN: 2055-5601)

(Book Review) 2008. The Social Context View of Sociology, by Marty E. Zusman, David Knox, and Tracie Gardner, Sociation Today 6(2), online. (ISSN 1542-6300)  

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INVITED TALKS

Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation [Book Talk]. Invited by the Center for Islamic Knowledge to give lecture as a part of their ‘CIK Talks’ lecture series. Mississauga, Ontario. Event held via Zoom, July, 10, 2021.

Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation [Book Talk]. Invited by the Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University (Virginia). Moderated by Ermin Sinanović. Event held via Zoom, July, 6, 2021.

Islamic Thought and the Epistemological Challenge of Modernity. Invited by the Center of Global Studies, The Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences to participate in a colloquium focusing on the work of Lahouari Addi. Event held via Zoom, June 24, 2021.

Islam, Liberalism, and Ontology: A Critical Re-evaluation [Book Talk]. Invited by Center for Islam and Global Affair (CIGA) at Istanbul Zaim University as a part of their on-going book discussion series. Moderated by Fadi Zatari and Sami al-Arian. Event held via Zoom. April 9, 2021.

‘And Part Not with My Revelations for a Trifling Price’— Reconceptualizing Islam’s Aniconism through the Lenses of Reification and Representation as Meaning Making. Invited to give a guest lecture at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Chicago, IL. February 11, 2020.

“Between Ifrāṭ and Tafrīṭ: Ibn Khaldun, Luxury, and Civilizational Decline.” 5th International Ibn Khaldun Symposium titled: Power, Economic Development and Morality: Paradoxes and Challenges. Invited by İbn Haldun University. Istanbul, Turkey. 27–28, April 2019.

“Contemporary Challenges of Governance in Muslim States.” Invited to give a guest lecture at  the Center for Advanced Studies & IIIT European Summer School Bosnia 2018 & 2019.  Lecture  at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo.  Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 15, August 2018. Lecture at IUS. 6, August 2019. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Reconceptualizing an Islamic Governed State [Book Talk].”  Invited by İDE (İstanbul Düşünce Evi). Istanbul, Turkey, 19, January 2018.

“Understanding extremism in the Muslim world today: its roots, sources and possible solutions.” Invited to speak at Institute for Deradicalization and Reintegration (INSID) forum for understanding radicalization and reintegration in Kosovo. Prishtina, Kosovo, 19 May, 2017.

“Entrepreneurial Education, Islam and Embeddedness.” Invited to present at workshop titled: Public Policy, Entrepreneurship and the Educational Nexus: Promoting Qatar National Vision 2030 & Beyond. Doha, Qatar. 7-8 February, 2017.

"Reconceptualizing a Contemporary Islamic State: Connecting Theory to Practice in the 21st Century." Invited to speak at Marmara University, MURCIR program.  Istanbul, Turkey.  7 October, 2015.

"The US Peace Building Mission in the Balkans– Explicit and Implicit Motivations.” Invited to speak by the Kosovo Center of Diplomacy at the University of Prishtina.  Prishtina, Kosovo.  12 July, 2015.

"Understanding Early Modern to 20th Century Western History through the Lens of High Art and Music."  Invited to give this public lecture by the E-LIT Faculty as a part of their on-going lecture series.  Event held at International University of Sarajevo (IUS).  Sarajevo, Bosia and Herzegovina.  8 January 2015.

“Post Elections Prospects and Challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina.” Invited to participate in public round table discussion event that included faculty from the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and the University of Sarajevo (UNSA).  Event held at International University of Sarajevo.  Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  20 October 2014

“Cognitive Reasoning, the Study of Bureaucracy, and the Importance of Public Administration.”  Invited to speak at American University in Beirut.  Beirut, Lebanon.  20 February 2014.

 “A Three Dimensional Approach to Authoritarianism: Psychoanalytic, Sociological, and Empirical.” Paper presented as part of SPEA lecture series at IU Northwest.  Gary, IN 24 November 2008.

 “Islam, Terrorism, Globalization, and Sunni/Shi’a Unity.” Roundtable participant for College of Staten Island- Islamic Awareness Week. 12 April 2008.  Staten Island, NY.

 “Islam and the Necessity of Toleration and Moderation.” Roundtable participant for Brooklyn College- Islamic Awareness Week. 5 March 2008. Brooklyn, NY.

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CONFERENCE & SEMINAR & WORKSHOPS

“Liberal Approaches to Comprehensive Doctrines in Public Discourse and Islam,” Paper presented at the 115th Annual American Political Science Associate (APSA) Conference at the Marriott Wardham Park Hotel. September 1, 2019, Washington D.C.

“Islam and Liberalisms—Enlightenment Liberalism, Political Liberalism, and Islamic Modes of Discourse,” Paper to be presented at the 2018 Manchester Center for Political Theory (MANCEPT) Workshops in Political Theory—Political Theory and the Question of Religion. University of Manchester.  September 10-12, 2018, in Manchester, England.

“‘And Part Not with My Revelations for a Trifling Price’—Understanding Islam’s Aniconism  through the Lens of More Recent Post-Structuralist Thinking,” Presentation to be given at the International Institute of Islamic Thought’s (IIIT) two-day academic conference in honor of Shaykh Dr. Taha Jabir Al-Alwani on the theme of “Renewal of Islamic Thought: Contemporary Issues,” on October 23-24, 2017, at IIIT in Herndon, VA (USA).

“Islam and its Inherent Incompatibilities with Political Liberalism,” Presentation given at the 45th  European Political Research Consortium (ECPR) 2017 Joint Sessions of Workshops, University of Nottingham; — Workshop; Political secularism and religious difference in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, 25-30 April, 2017. Nottingham, England.

Al Maslaha—Reconsidering Economic Justice in an Islamic Governed State,” Paper presented in closed panel at the 24th World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), 26 July, 2016. Poznań, Poland.

“The Case of Turkey—Soft Power, Modernization, and Economic Growth,” Balkans Conference—Democratic Regimes; The Special Case: Turkey, Eötvös Loránd University, December 11-12, 2015.  Budapest, Hungary.

 “Digital Era Governance: A Way to Re-Engage Civil Society via Bureaucracy?”  Paper presented at International Research Congress on Social Sciences, 4-5 May, 2015. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“WWI and Propaganda Poster Art: Comparing the United States and German Cases.” Paper presented at;

  • International Conference on WWI, the Ottoman Empire, and the Balkans   at the International University of Sarajevo, 20 September 2014. Sarajevo,  Bosnia and Herzegovina.  [Keynote Speaker]
  • Lecture Workshop Series for Graduate Students at Marmara University Dept. of Political Science and International Relations, 6 October, 2015.   Istanbul, Turkey.

“WWI and Propaganda Poster Art: Comparing the United States and German Cases.” [One of the Keynote Speakers] Paper presented at the International Conference on WWI, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans at the International University of Sarajevo, 17-21, September 2014, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 “A Modern Approach to Political Leadership in an Islamic State: Considering the Compatibility between Ancient Greek Thought, 20th Century Shi’a Political Thought, and Contemporary OIC-member States.”  Paper presented at the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Conference, 20 July, 2014.  Montreal, Canada.

“The Trajectory of the Development of Islamic Thought—A Comparison between 2 Earlier and 2 Later Scholars.”  Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference, 5 April, 2014.  Chicago, IL.

 “’I am the God of My Own Tribe:’ Weinstein and Islam.” Short Course/Workshop paper presentation at American Political Science Association (APSA) Conference, 28 August, 2013. Chicago, IL.

 “Bureaucracy and Modernity: A Comparative Qualitative Analysis of Public Administration in the West and OIC States.” Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference, 14 April 2013. Chicago, IL.

 “Relations Between Muslims and Others Living in Non-Muslim Societies.” Paper presented at the Purdue International Relations, Comparative, American and Theory Paper Series, 30 Nov. 2013. West Lafayette, IN.                   

 “A Starting Point for Considering Future Islamic State Leadership.” Paper presented at

  •   Southwest Social Sciences Association (SWSSA) Conference, 7 April 2012. San Diego, CA.

  •   Purdue International Relations, Comparative, American and Theory Workshop, 1 February 2012. West Lafayette, IN.

“The Importance of Historical Understanding: Evaluating Counternarcotics Policy and Narcotics Production in Afghanistan.” Paper presented at Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference, 3 April 2011. Chicago, IL.

 “American Counternarcotics Strategy and International Law.” Paper presented at the International Public Affairs Organization Annual Meeting, 25 March 2011. Bloomington, IN.

 “Progressive Declines: A Look at the Retrenchment in Organized Labor and Women’s Rights in the 1970s.” Paper presented at the Northeast Political Science Association Conference.  Boston, MA. 11 Nov. 2006.

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ORGANIZED CONFERENCES

Member of Scientific Evaluation Committee for International Security Forum Conference 2016 (Bezpečnosté forum 2016).  Matej Bel University, Basnká Bystricka, Slovakia.

Member of Scientific Evaluation Committee for 2nd Annual International Graduate Students Conference at International University of Sarajevo—Spring 2016.

Conference panel chair for “1st IUS Graduate Student Conference,” International University of Sarajevo, 21-22 May 2015.  Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Moderator for panel titled, “Ex-Yugoslavia Countries on the Way to EU: The Importance of Regional Cooperation and Regional Reconciliation.”  Invited speakers included British, Croatian, and Serbian Ambassadors to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  International University of Sarajevo, 22 October, 2014.  Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Conference panel chair on for “The Balkans and WWI.”  International Conference on WWI, the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans at the International University of Sarajevo, 17-18 September, 2014, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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PROJECTS

2021-2026— Senior Research Associate in a 5-year Qatar National Research Fund National Priority Research Program (NPRP) Cluster Grant ($4,400,000) entitled: "Sustainable Development Goals Education and Global Citizenship in Qatar." Grant Number: NPRP12C-0804-190009.

2020 Depicting the Undepictable: the word, the image, the divine, and Islam. Response to Rebecca Barrett-Fox's podcast interview with Brigit Meyer and Terje Stordalen about their recently published co-edited volume titled, Figurations and Senasation of the Unseen in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Contested Desires (Bloomsbury, 2019) for the on-going Religious Studies Project produced by the Religious Studies Project Association.

2017-18 Managing Editor of "Innovations on Contemporary Islamic Governance" in Ta'seel Commons. 

2014 Founder and faculty advisor for the International University of Sarajevo Debate Club.

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TEACHING ACTIVITIES

Graduate-Level Teaching Experience

International University of Sarajevo (IUS) [As Assistant Professor]

  • IR632: Religion and International Affairs
  • SPS558: Issues of Cultural Identity in the EU
  • IR 531: The Middle East in World Politics
  • IR 503: Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • IR 502: International Relations Theories

University of Indianapolis [As PhD Candidate]

  • IREL 580: Contemporary Politics and Political Movements in the Muslim World

CUNY- Brooklyn College [As Graduate Teaching Fellow]

  • POL 703: American Political Thought

Undergraduate-Level Teaching Experience

    International University of Sarajevo (IUS) [As Assistant Professor]

  • SOC 102: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 404: New Social Movements
  • PHIL 102: Introduction to Philosophy
  • IR102: Foundations of International Relations
  • IR312: Diplomacy 
  • IR338: International Relations Theories
  • IR 408: Islam and Politics
  • IR 426: US Foreign Policy
    • Course was also taught in 2-week summer school program at University of Prishtina (July 2015 and July 2016).
  • IR 477: Conspiracy Theories in International Relations
  • SOC 302: Contemporary Political Thought
  • SOC 357: Social Theory

Indiana University Northwest [While a PhD Candidate]

  • SOC 163: Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOC 161: Introduction to Sociology

University of Indianapolis [While a PhD Candidate]

  • POL 101: Introduction to American Government

Purdue University [While PhD Candidate]

  • POL 101: Introduction to American Government

CUNY- Brooklyn College [As Graduate Teaching Fellow]

  • CORE 2.3: People Power and Politics (7 semesters)
  • POL 54: Introduction to American Politics

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REFEREED FOR THE JOURNALS

  • Palgrave MacMillan/Springer International
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • European Journal of International Relations [ISSN: 1354-0661]
  • Politics and Religion [ISSN: 1755-0483]
  • International Review of Administrative Sciences [ISSN: 0020-8523]
  • Epiphany: Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies [ISSN: 1840-3719]
  • Inquiry: Sarajevo Journal of Social Sciences [ISSN: 2303-7105]
  • Ante Portas—Security Studies [ISSN: 2353-6306]

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VISITING POSITIONS

Comenius University, 23-27, September 2019. Erasmus Faculty Exchange. Bratislava, Slovakia.

Istanbul Sehir University, 15-19, January 2018. Erasmus Faculty Exchange. Istanbul, Turkey.

Universidade Fernando Pessoa, 24-28, July 2017. Erasmus Faculty Exchange, Porto, Portugal.     

Vilnius University, 10-14, October 2016. Erasmus Faculty Exchange, Vilnius, Lithuania

University of Prishtina, July 2015 and July 2016.  University of Prishtina 15th and 16th International Summer University (UPISU), Prishtina, Kosovo.

Marmara University, October 3- October 9, 2015.  Mevlana Exchange Program, Istanbul,Turkey.

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BIOGRAPHY

Originally I am from a Northwest Indiana suburb located 20 minutes south of Chicago. I have also lived in New York City, New Jersey, and West Lafayette, Indiana. In addition to 'professoring', I also like American sports, long bus rides, seeing new cities, and cooking— especially seafood!  I am the proud uncle of two beautiful nieces named Giana and Lilliana, and I love and miss them both very much. Please feel free to contact me at jkaminski@ius.edu.ba 

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