Makaš’s research focuses on the history of modern European cities and specifically engages the relationships between architecture, urbanism, heritage, memory, identity, and politics. Her recent work, which she has presented extensively at conferences, explores relationships between museums and urban and national identities in Sarajevo and Mostar. She is currently finishing up a monograph on commemoration, heritage reconstruction, and public space in Bosnia-Hercegovina titled Urban and National Identities and the Rebuilding of Mostar (forthcoming from Routledge). She is also currently editing the volume Planning Eastern European Capital Cities, 1945-1989 (forthcoming from Routledge). Her other keyy publications include the edited volume Capital Cities in the Aftermath of Empires: Planning in Central and Southeastern Europe (Routledge, 2010, co-edited with T.D. Conley) and Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas (Wiley, 2011, co-authored with J.H. Stubbs).
At the School of Architecture, her teaching relates to her research interests and includes upper level history seminar on topics on Museums, Adaptive Reuse, Capital Cities, and Architecture and National Identity. Makaš also regularly teaches a Historiographic Methods course as well as the Writing Architecture course. She advises students in the Minor in Architectural History and Criticism. In addition, she teaches in the two semester History of Architecture sequence required by all students in the Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Architecture I programs. Makaš has co-led study abroad programs to Berlin (Spring 2010) and Central European Capital Cities (Summer 2012).
Makaš has a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University (2007), a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University (1997), and a Bachelors in History from the University of Tennessee (1995).