Marina Lazetic

Marina LazeticSenior Research Analyst and Program Manager
Working with Feinstein Since: 2017
Based in: Medford, MA

Marina Lazetic provides organization to Refugees in Towns (RIT) project; developing the project’s methodology; selecting and managing case studies; developing and maintaining connections with researchers, participants, and experts in the field; and analyzing and disseminating RIT’s findings.  

Prior to joining Feinstein, Marina worked for nonprofit organizations in the Western Balkans and the U.S., including Belgrade Center for Security Policy, Open Society Foundations, and Doctors Without Borders. Marina managed several research teams studying movement, financial health, and security of refugees and migrants on the move in the Western Balkans, United States, and Mexico. She is committed to improving research methods and approaches to issues of forced displacement and contributing to better connections between academia and practitioners and policymakers.  

She holds a B.A. in human rights, sociology, and theater from Bard College, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Marina’s dissertation focuses how migration influences the rise of far right extremism in the Western Balkans and the U.S. 

Marina lives in Medford, MA with her husband who is a classical musician and with whom she creates theater shows that they perform across the U.S. Serbian by birth, Marina spends a significant portion of her time in the Western Balkans.  

Research Interests:
  • Migration 
  • Far right extremism 
  • Border regimes  
  • Refugee integration  
  • Gender and humanitarian response   
Regional Focus:
  • Western Balkans 
  • United States 
  • Mexico  
Most Cited Books and Articles:

News Items

Karen Jacobsen and Marina Lazetic present on the impact of climate change on displacement
December 4, 2021

Karen Jacobsen and Marina Lazetic presented their recent work on the impact of climate change (mainly rapid onset events) on displacement and migration within the U.S. at the Migration, Displacement…

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Marina Lazetic and Karen Jacobsen discuss how hurricanes impact low-income communities in The Conversation
November 29, 2021

When ‘hunker down’ isn’t an option: The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season showed how low-income communities face the highest risks People wade through high water to evacuate a flooded home in…

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Feinstein Publications

Belgrade, Serbia: A Case Report of Refugees in Towns
European migrant crisis in Belgrade

The Belgrade case report explores the relationship between the European migrant crisis and political movements in Serbia.

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