Tea Ivanovic completed her Master of Arts degree at The Johns Hopkins Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. Her focus is on European and Eurasian Studies with a special focus on the European Union and the Western Balkans, and International Economics. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in International Studies from Virginia Tech, Virginia, in 2014, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Outstanding Senior of the Year for the Political Science and International Studies departments, and with Phi Beta Kappa mention. Tea was involved with the organization for the 60th anniversary of the SAIS Europe Center, and acted as the Vice-President of the Women in International Affairs organization in Bologna. During her studies, she worked part-time at the Institute of International Finance (IIF), and later at the financial consultancy Capstone LLC, in Washington D.C, and she was a graduate research fellow at the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD) in Bologna, Italy. At the CCSDD, Tea extensively researched the constitutional preambles of the countries of the former Yugoslavia.
In her prior work, she was the founder of the Honors College Ambassadors, where she established a overarching financial plan, which received honorable mention by the University President. Furthermore, she was the International Relations Organization (IRO) Vice-President, preparing the debate team for Model United Nations conferences. As a summer internship, she was a research assistant at the United Nations University Institute of Comparative Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges, Belgium. Here, she contributed mostly to publications related to the European Union and its enlargement. She was also responsible for the organization of a joint UNU-CRIS and International Studies Association (ISA) conference in Bruges.
In her role as the varsity tennis team captain, the Virginia Tech tennis team entered a top-30 ranking nationwide. Combining athletics at a high level while at the same time maintaining excellent academic results, she has obtained numerous rewards. During her senior year, she was awarded the ACC Postgraduate Award, obtaining partial funding for her graduate coursework. Tea also reached the Dean’s list nomination after each semester of her studies, obtained ACC All-Academic team for three consecutive years, and was the Senior Student-Athlete of the year.
Tea published her thesis “External Pressures and Domestic Changes: The European Union, Council of Europe, and the Minorities in Vojvodina” in the academic journal publication Philologia, in May 2014. She contributed to a book publication on State (in)Security and Theory of International Relations with her former academic advisor and professor, Dr. Yannis Stivachtis. While at SAIS, Tea has written extensively for the school’s newspaper, the SAIS Observer.
Tea Ivanovic is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
She speaks Dutch, Serbian, and English fluently, has a good command of French, and a basic knowledge of German and Italian.