Gorana received her PhD in Political Science from the Central European University (CEU) in 2018. She holds MA in Public Policy with specialization in International Public Policy and Decentralized Governance from the Central European University, Department of Public Policy, as well as an MA and BA in Political Science, both from the University of Zagreb.
Gorana is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CEU Center for Teaching and Learning where she teaches PhD courses related to foundations in teaching in higher education, creating a teaching portfolio, facilitating discussions, and teaching with case studies and simulations. Her teaching research interest focuses on design for learning, online teaching, alternative assessment methods, and experiential learning. Gorana also works with CEU faculty, especially on teaching projects related to experiential learning, such as simulations and field trips. She mentors CEU Global Teaching Fellows who teach at the universities in Brazil, Germany, Hungary, Palestine, and Romania. Together with Dr. Margaryta Rymarenko, Gorana designs and facilitates workshops on syllabus design, session design (TA workshop), teaching philosophy statement, and student centered teaching. Prior to joining the CTL in 2018, Gorana served as Teaching Assistant at the CEU Department of Public Policy and School of Public Policy (SPP) for MA courses related to policy process and analysis, corruption control, public management, and comparative public budgeting. In AY 2019/2020, as a Visiting Professor at SPP, Gorana will teach a course on accountability of political parties.
Previously, Gorana worked in Transparency International Croatia on projects related to financing of political parties and electoral campaigns, conflict of interests and freedom of information. Following this background, Gorana's PolSci research interest focuses on political financing and money in politics, regulations and compliance, and anti-corruption policies. Her PhD dissertation explored the impact of political financing regulations on party corruption in Croatia and Serbia.