Nina Simic obtained her MA (Drs.) degree in Cultural Anthropology and Non-Western Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. There she specialized in the anthropology of ethnicity and nationhood; her region of interest was Europe. For her graduate thesis, she focused on symbolic ethnic boundaries and nomadic practices of Irish Travellers in the context of forced sedentarization, and did ethnographic fieldwork in Navan, Ireland.
After graduation, Nina worked for the UN Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia before returning to the academic world. This time as a coordinator of studies and study adviser at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.
- Changing Routes: consequences of sedentarization for the identity of Irish Travellers (Master thesis, 2000)