Ana Antic received her PhD from Columbia University in 2012. Her thesis was entitled ‘Psychiatry at war: Political ideology and psychiatric culture in Yugoslavia under the Nazi occupation.’ She is interested in the cultural and social history of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; the relationship between war and medicine in the twentieth century; Southeast European, German and Soviet history; history and theory of fascism and Nazism, and cultural history of violence; history of everyday life in WWII; history of Communism; memory of the Holocaust in East Central Europe. She has published and presented on these topics in Europe and the US. She is a recipient of a number of fellowships, such as the DAAD research fellowship, Harriman Institute dissertation writing fellowship, Harry Frank Guggenheim dissertation fellowship, etc.

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  • Therapeutic Fascism Experiencing the Violence of the Nazi New Order, (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Selected publications

  • “The evolution of boundary: defining historical myths (ante murale, sui generis, antiquitatis) in Serbian academic and public opinion in the 1990s,” in Pal Kolsto, ed.,  Myths and Boundaries in South Eastern Europe (London: C. Hurst&company,  2005), pp. 191-222
  • “Contested memory and eroticisation of the Holocaust: Sexuality, evil and fascism in the work of Aleksandar Tisma,” Pacific Coast Philology, 44:1, 2009, pp. 46-69
  • “Fascism under Pressure: Influence of Marxist Discourse on the Ideological Re-Definition of the Croatian Fascist Movement,” East European Politics and Societies, 24:1, 2010, pp. 116-158
  • “Police and the Holocaust in Eastern Europe,” Newsletter des Arbeitskreises Militärgeschichte, 16:1, 2011, pp.7-11
  • “Police force under occupation: Serbian State Guard and Volunteer Corps in the Holocaust,” in Lessons and Legacies, volume X, Northwestern University Press, 2012, pp. 13-36
  • “Heroes and Hysterics: ‘Partisan Hysteria’ and Communist State-building in Yugoslavia after 1945,” Social History of Medicine, 27:2, 2014, pp. 349-71
  • “Therapeutic Fascism: ‘Re-educating’ Communists in Serbia, 1942-1944,” History of Psychiatry, 25:1, 2014, pp. 35-56
  • “The pedagogy of workers’ self-management: Terror, therapy, and reform communism in Yugoslavia after the Tito-Stalin split”, Journal of Social History, vol. 50, no. 1, 2016, 179-203
  • “Therapeutic Violence: Psychoanalysis and the ‘Re-education’ of Political Prisoners in Cold War Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe”, in Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism, Routledge, 2016