Danica Pušić studied Classics in Belgrade (Serbia) and Rome. She received her M.A. in Classical Studies at the University of Belgrade and later at the University La Sapienza in Rome, with the Scholarship of Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. In January 2011, she moved from Pisa to Rome as the Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy. In September 2011, she started teaching at John Cabot University in Rome. She also teaches Classics at Trinity College-Rome campus.

Danica Pušić’s research focuses on verbal aspect and tense in Latin as well as in Slavic languages. Her particular interest deals with the corpus of early Latin comedy and the categorization of the semantic classes of the verbs according to their actional properties.

The first of her current projects is of contrastive nature and deals with preverbs as modifiers of actional classes of verbs in Latin and in Serbo-Croatian.

Her second project deals with the distribution and modality of use of the past tenses in current Serbo-Croatian. The partial results of this research have been published in Scando-Slavica 59(1).

She published, together with Natalija Veljković, the translation into Serbo-Croatian of Nicolaus Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres). This is the first complete translation into Serbo-Croatian of the work from the original Latin (1543).

Professor Pušić was the winner of the Open Society Institute’s Grants for three years for the Ph.D. research-focused topic of social and political interest for the Balkans.

She is also the official translator and interpreter at the Rome Criminal Tribunal (Italian – Serbo-Croatian; Serbo-Croatian – Italian).



B.A. in Classics, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

M.A. in Classics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy.

Ph.D. candidate in Classics and Linguistics, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.


Courses Taught

Latin 2002


Selected Publications

Pušić, Danica. (in press). “Paideia and Humanitas”. Humanisms and Beyond: Paideia, Artes Liberales and the Future of Higher Education. Budapest: Trivent Publishing.

Copernicus, Nicolaus. 2014. Šest Knjiga O Kruženjima Nebeskih Sfera. Translated from Latin by Danica Pušić and Natalija Veljković. Novi Sad: Akademska Knjiga.

Pušić, Danica. 2013. “Past in the Serbian Variant of Serbo-Croatian: Distribution of Verbal Tenses in Various Register.” Scando-Slavica 59 (1): 108–137.


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