Tea Ivanovic is the Media Relations and External Affairs Coordinator, and Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Tea is also the Washington Correspondent for Oslobodjenje, a leading news outlet from the Western Balkans. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at Soran University in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Prior to joining CTR, Tea was a Policy Analyst at the financial consultancy Capstone LLC, and a Business Development Associate at the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Washington D.C. While completing her M.A., she was a graduate research Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD) in Bologna, Italy. Tea was involved with the organization of the 60th anniversary of the SAIS Europe Center, and was the Vice President and co-founder of the Women in International Affairs (WIA) organization.

Earlier, Tea was an editor for United Nations University publications at the United Nations University Institute of Comparative Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges, Belgium. She delegated a team for the organization of a joint UNU-CRIS and the International Studies Association (ISA) conference.


Tea was on the editing team of a special edition of Government and Opposition (Democracy without Solidarity: Political Dysfunction in Hard Times, Cambridge University Press, 2017). She is co-editor of Iraqi Kurdistan Region: A Path Forward (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017), and Vision 2020: Bosnia and Herzegovina Towards its European Future (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017).

With Alida Vracic and Edward P. Joseph, she co-authored a chapter, “Turkey in the Western Balkans: A Waning Interest,”  in Turkey and Transatlantic Relations (Brookings Institution/CTR, 2017).

Tea has written for the SAIS Observer, and contributes and co-authors articles for the Huffington Post and The Cipher Brief.

She published her undegraduate thesis “External Pressures and Domestic Changes: The European Union, Council of Europe, and the Minorities in Vojvodina” in the academic journal Philologia. She contributed to the research projects of several department professors: on sexual violence and other crimes committed against women during the 1990s Balkan wars (for Dr. Edward Weisband); Machiavellian political theory and international political economy (for Dr. Scott Nelson); and IR theory (for Dr. Yannis Stivachtis).


Tea holds a M.A. in International Relations (European and Eurasian Studies) and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Tea graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa for a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Philosophy from Virginia Tech, where she received a four-year athletic scholarship for the D1 varsity tennis team. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior of the Year Award for two departments: The department of Political Science and the department of International Studies.

She is a native Serbo-Croatian and Dutch speaker, is conversational in French, and has basic knowledge of German and Italian.