Aida Vidan is the advisor for the secondary field in European History, Politics, and Societies at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, a research affiliate of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature at Harvard, and president of the Association for Croatian Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and has taught all-level language courses in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, as well as courses on South Slavic cultures, film, and literatures, including oral traditional heritage at Harvard University as well as Northwestern University Summer Program in Croatia.
Her current research focuses on the cinemas of South Eastern Europe and she is the co-editor (with Gordana P. Crnković) of In Contrast: Croatian Film Today (2012). She has published numerous articles in this area, including “Framing the Body, Vocalizing the Pain: Perspectives by the South Slavic Female Directors” for which she received an Outstanding Essay Prize from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2019). She has also actively worked on film and several of her short documentaries and features have been shown at various film festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
She has published extensively on issues related to South Slavic ballad (formulaic nature, transmission, mythological background, archival digitization) and is the author of a thematic database of 11,000 women's songs held in the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature at Harvard (2019). Her book Embroidered with Gold, Strung with Pearls: The Traditional Ballads of Bosnian Women (2003) won the Heldt Translation Prize awarded by ASEEES’s Association for Women in Slavic Studies. She has also written on both contemporary South Slavic literatures and Croatian Renaissance authors, and contributed to the field of language instruction with the textbooks (co-authored with Robert Niebuhr) Beginner’s Croatian (2009) and Beginner’s Serbian (2009).