• Bes Bajraktarević is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and a 2022 May-Crane Fellow at Harvard Library.
  • Her first-year research focused on the philosophical and intellectual history of Western and Central Europe, particularly German aesthetics, and the intersection of law and the humanities as regards forced displacement. Her current interests remain interdisciplinary in nature and focus on themes of justice, ethics, and identity formation, principally in modernist literature.
  • While her work thus far has been in German, French, and Italian, she is presently acquiring Russian, aiming to incorporate into her research East and South Slavic literatures from languages in dialectic continuum with her native Bosnian.
  • Prior to commencing her Ph.D. studies, Bes graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Italian from Princeton University. Advised by Kim Lane Scheppele and Simone Marchesi, she wrote a thesis titled The Aporia of Asylum: A Legal and Philosophical Study of the Italian and French Refugee Protection Regulations in the ‘European Migrant Crisis’, recipient of the 2020 Asher Hinds Prize for Excellence, “for an outstanding senior thesis that made a significant contribution to the field of European Studies.”
  • In addition to literary and philosophical studies, she wrote, edited, and produced several short films and art projects, including the biography/interview GIULIA which opened the Main Project of ART CITY Bologna in 2022, "ESL: a digital theater experiment" in 2020, "Virginia" in 2019.
  • Outside of academic and artistic work, she cares about access to education for nontraditional and system-impacted students, and rectifying food insecurity.