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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 2020

Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30-4:00pm (in person) and Wednesdays 9:00-10:00am (virtual).

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 244: Europe in the Shadow of War

    From the First to the Second World War, from the Spanish to the Yugoslav Civil Wars, and with workers', students', and anti- colonialists' uprisings in between, Europe's twentieth century has been overshadowed by conflict. In this class, we explore political, social, and cultural struggles and how they impacted the everyday lives of ordinary people. When we study the Great War, for instance, we study trench warfare as well as the crusade to reconfigure gender relations. When we explore Stalinism in the Soviet Union, we discuss the violence of industrialization and its effect on the state as well as the lives of millions of peasants. And when we turn our attention to the 1960s, we ask how the decade of protests redefined European society as well as the place of women, minorities, and youth in it. Primary sources like novels, films, art, and political manifestos will allow us to learn about the past through the voices of those who lived it.

  • 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. Prerequisite: HIST 302 (HIST 301 also recommended).