Professor Aida Hozic joins the Hayseed Scholar podcast. Aida chats with Brent about growing up in Sarajevo, the 1984 Olympics, pursuing theater and then having a change of career plans that led her to pursuing a Master’s in Bologna, Italy, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and then a PhD at the University of Virginia. All of this as war and violence engulfed Sarajevo, how her mother moved to the US to stay with her during her PhD studies and beyond, and what it was like to see violence every day on CNN while her academic environment just expected her to keep working. She mentions an ISA where she organized a panel with Naem Inayatullah and the fun conversations that led to it. She recalls the developments in IR in the late 1990s and early 2000s that made IR more interesting. Aida discusses the enjoyable Visiting positions she had in New York, and then moving to Florida where she still is today. She talks about her approach to writing, how cooking helps her decompress, and more!