Jovana Babović

Associate 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.

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Office Hours, Fall 2023

Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Eastern Europe, the Balkans, urban history, popular culture, oral history


  • 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 453: Nationalism & Ethnic Violence

    This course considers examines violence among ethnic communities in the era of the nation-state. The readings cover the theoretical development of ethnicity and nationalism as well as particular manifestations of ethnically-motivated violence ranging from isolated murders to genocide. Topics covered in class include blood libel murders, the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, and the Bosnian War massacres. The course emphasizes European and Russian history, but it also considers nationalism and ethnic violence through a global lens by introducing comparisons to other modern cases of ethnic violence.