Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes

Vojislava Filipcevic Cordes was recently Research Associate for the late Dr. Benjamin Barber (Urban Consortium Distinguished Senior Fellow) at Fordham University, where she is currently teaching in the Master of Arts program in Urban Studies. Dr. Filipcevic Cordes holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and was the 2010-2011 Paul E. Raether Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College. Her interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation in Urban and Cinema Studies entitled "The Agitated City: Urban Transformations and Cinematic Representations of the American Metropolis, 1929-1950" examines the ways in which cultural discourses of simultaneous adulation and condemnation of the metropolis shaped cinematic visions of New York in the 1930s and the 1940s. 

She has published in Urban ScienceCulture, Theory and Critiquethe Columbia Journal of American StudiesFilm CriticismCineaste and her work is forthcoming in Quarterly Review of Film and Video. She studied Film in Belgrade, Faculty of Dramatic Arts before immigrating at the beginning of the war, in the early 1990s, to Stockholm, Montreal, and finally, New York, where she interned at The Nation Magazine on a visitor visa eventually becoming an "Alien with Extraordinary Ability" and a U.S. citizen. Following her comparative postdoctoral study on immigrant inclusion in London and New York, she has recently commenced a study of New York as a sanctuary city and has been teaching Urban Sociology at John Jay and Queens College in New York.