Robert Austin

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 128N
416- 946-8942


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Traditional Justice in Albania
  • State and Nation Building in the 19th and 20th Century Balkans
  • Kosovo Democratization


Robert Clegg Austin (PhD, University of Toronto) is a specialist on East Central and Southeastern Europe in historic and contemporary perspective. In the past, Austin was a Tirana-based correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; a Slovak-based correspondent with The Economist Group of Publications; and a news writer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. Austin has written articles for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Southeast European Times, Orbis, East European Politics and Societies and East European Quarterly along with numerous book chapters and two books published separately in Tirana and Prishtina.

He has lectured widely in Europe and North America and was a Guest Professor in 2009 – 2010 at the University of Graz’s Centre for Southeast European Studies. His most recent book, Founding a Balkan State, was published by University of Toronto Press in October 2012. At U of T's Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), he coordinates the Undergraduate European Studies Program, the Hellenic Studies Program and the Hungarian Studies Program.


PhD, University of Toronto