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Jovana Babović

Assistant Professor
Doty Hall 240

Jovana Babović has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2018.

Professor Babović is a historian of modern transnational Europe. Her research focuses on urban culture and society in Eastern Europe during the twentieth century. You can find more information about Professor Babović’s work on her website.

Office Hours, Fall 2021

Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-4pm.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Eastern Europe, the Balkans, urban history, popular culture, animal studies


  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • MA, Central European University

  • MA, New York University

  • BA, Smith College


  • Metropolitan Belgrade: Class and Culture in Interwar Yugoslavia, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018

  • Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out (33 1/3 Series), Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2016

  • “National Capital, Transnational Culture: Foreign Entertainment in Interwar Belgrade,” East Central Europe 42.1 (2015): 104-122.


  • HIST 243: Europe in Age of Revolution

    The historian Eric Hobsbawm described Europe's nineteenth century as the age of revolution. Indeed, the period was a time of major political, social, and cultural change that continues to resonate with us today. In this class, we study uprisings such as the French Revolution and the 1905 Russian Revolution. We examine moments of societal upheavals such as the Industrial Revolution and the 1848 Revolutions. And we explore the emergence of transformative ideologies such as romanticism, nationalism, and socialism. Because the age of revolution was often accompanied by violence - from popular riots and round-ups to state-sanctioned purges and massacres - we also consider how historical actors weighed the costs of change and how they justified its outcomes.

  • HIST 302: Res in History: Urban History

    This is one of two required skills-based seminars in the History major that form prerequisites for upper level classes. This course is focused on critical analysis of historical evidence and instruction in historical research methods and writing. Students read, evaluate, and critique a range of different types of primary source evidence, practice locating and retrieving reliable primary and secondary sources, and use these skills to support the crafting of historical arguments in both short papers and longer research projects. All sections will focus on a specific set of historical issues and/or events chosen by the instructor and class content emphasizes work with primary sources specific to the seminar topic. This class is reading and writing intensive.