Iva is a Post Doctoral Researcher for the 'War and Fun: Reconceptualizing Warfare and Its Experience' research project funded by the European Research Council.
Iva undertook a Doctoral program in Comparative History at the Department of History at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria). Prior to this, she completed a Master of Arts in European Women's and Gender History at the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University in 2015.
Her research interests include social history, especially women's and gender history and the history of feminism in the state socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and her main area of research is the politics of the past and the development of the cultural memory of World War II in Yugoslavia. Her dissertation focuses on the development of cultural memory of the war in Yugoslav popular media, with particular focus on the figure of the female soldier, the partizanka.
"Jovanka Broz and the Yugoslav Popular Press during Tito's Reign: At the Crossroads of Tradition and Emancipation (1952-1980)," Aspasia (forthcoming).
"Start’s ‘Sexual Swashbucklers’ and ‘Our Girl’ Ideology: Women and War in the Only Yugoslav Men’s Magazine (1969-1980)," Prague Papers on the History of International Relations (2020): 7-28.
"The Mother in the Yugoslav Partisan Myth: Creative Revisions and Subversive Messages in Women-Centered Narratives," History of Communism in Europe 8 (2017): 323-342, special issue The Other Half of Communism: Women’s Outlook.