Elena Hristova

Lecturer

Professional Biography

Elena joined Regent’s University London in December 2017. She is an historian of US media and culture with research interests in gender, racial formations and social movements. She received a BA in American Studies and English Literature and a MPhil in American Studies from the University of Sussex. Elena has knowledge of the US education system having undertaken undergraduate studies at Washington University in St Louis and doctoral study at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her current research focuses on the intersection of audience studies, visual culture, and the production of gendered, raced and classed identity.

Elena has edited several issues of Teaching Media Quarterly, an open access peer-review journal. Her research has appeared in edited collections and academic journals. Elena’s teaching interests include: visual culture; feminist media studies; qualitative research methods; critical whiteness studies; critical race theory; gender; sexuality and class; political economy of communication; comics studies; social movements, and housing.

Qualifications

  • PhD Communication Studies with a Graduate Minor in American Studies, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, U.S.A
  • MPhil American Studies, University of Sussex, England
  • BA (First Class Honours) in American Studies and English Literature, University of Sussex, England

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2013 – 2017: Graduate Instructor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, U.S.A
  • 2013 – 2018: Research Assistant to Catherine Squires, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, U.S.A

Publications

  • Hristova, ED., (2018). ‘The Women of Communication Studies and Foundation Funding.’ Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports.
  • Hristova, ED., and Zimmerman, H. (2017). ‘Critical Lessons on Media Industries: Editors' Introduction,’, Teaching Media Quarterly 5 (1).
  • Hristova, ED. (2016), ‘Nuestro Futuro – ¿Hombres Libres, O Esclavos?: imagining US –Mexican cooperation against the Axis powers in a World War II propaganda comic book.’ In: C. Brienza and P. Johnston, ed.,Cultures of Comics Work., London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.65-80.
  • Hristova, ED., (2016)., ‘Book Review: Kaitlynn Mendes, SlutWalk: Feminism, Activism and Media.’ European Journal of Communication 31 (5): 609-612.
  • Hristova, ED. (2016)., ‘Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movement: Editor’s Notes and Introduction.’, Teaching Media Quarterly 4 (1)
  • Hristova, ED. (2015)., ‘Work and Media: Editor’s Notes and Introduction.’, Teaching Media Quarterly  3 (1).
  • Hristova, ED., Rempfert, JL., Volante, A., and Whitson, J. (2015-2018)., ‘Patterns of Removal: Connecting the Incarceration of American Indians to the History of Colonialism in Minnesota’, States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories, The New School’s Humanities Action Lab national travelling exhibit
  • Volante, A., Wilson, A., and Hristova, ED. (2015)., ‘Carceral Colonialism: Imprisonment in Tribal Country.’ The Circle: Native American News and Arts
  • Hristova, ED. (2014),. ‘Joe Worker and the Story of Labor: Educating Workers for the Post-World War II Labor Program.’ International Journal of Comic Art 16, (2), 132-152.

Research Interests

  • Media and communication
  • History and historiography
  • Audiences
  • Capitalism
  • Financialization
  • Housing
  • Gender, race and class
  • Visual culture
  • Critical whiteness studies
  • US History (20th century)

Research Supervision

  • Gender, Race, Class and Media
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Audiences
  • Visual Culture
  • Social Movements
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Capitalism
  • Consumerism 
  • Financialization and Neoliberal Economics
  • U.S. History (20th century)

Awards

  • 2015 Graduate Student Scholarship Award, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
  • 2014 John Lent Award for Best Graduate Study in Comics, Popular Culture Association
  • 2014 Ethical Leadership Award, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota

Grants Awarded

  • 2017–2018: Rockefeller Archive Center Research Stipend, $4,000
  •  2017: Haeberle Endowed Fellowship, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, $ 4,500
  • 2017: Community Based Research Grant, Consortium for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota (declined due to conflict with fellowship), $5,000 
  • 2017: Community Innovation Grant, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Bush Foundation (with Crossing Barriers for Defend Glendale), $10,000
  • 2015: Research Grant, Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota, $ 4,000
  • 2015: Council of Graduate Students Conference Travel Grant, University of Minnesota, $ 1,000
  • 2013: Doctoral studentship, University of Minnesota, Full tuition, teaching, and stipend
  • 2012: School of History, Art History & Philosophy Doctoral Students Research Grant, University of Sussex, £ 1,000
  • 2012: Doctoral School Research Travel Grant, University of Sussex, £ 1,000

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association
  • National Communication Association (U.S.A)
  • Popular Culture Association (U.S.A)
  • American Studies Association (U.S.A)
  • British Association of American Studies
  • Historians of Twentieth Century United States

Conferences given

Conferences organised:

April 21-22, 2017: ‘Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Interrogating the Neoliberal University’, co-organiser.

Panels organised:

  • April 5, 2018: ‘Gathering data and measuring the population: intelligence, civic participation, and prejudice,’ European and British Association of American Studies. Elena Hristova, Michael J. Collins, and Katie Myerscough
  • April 22, 2017: ‘International Students and the Neoliberal University,’ Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Interrogating the Neoliberal University. Elena Hristova, Ana Cláudia Dos Santos São Bernardo, Siddharth B. Iyengar, Sayan Bhattacharya
  • November 18, 2016: ‘Producing Public History: Reflections on a Multi-Platform Project on the Mass Incarceration of American Indians,’ American Studies Association. Elena Hristova, Catherine R Squires, Jacki Thompson Rand, Jenna L. Rempfert and Alisha Volante
  • November 21, 2015: Teaching Media Quarterly: Cultivating dynamic pedagogy through open access lesson plan publishing,’ National Communication Association. Elena Hristova, Joy M Hamilton, Rachel Silverman, Tara Schuwerk, Thomas C Johnson, Allison Weidhaas, Tia Tyree, Amy Arellano, Stacy Jameson

Papers presented:

  • August 12, 2018: ‘Social scientific research working double time: obfuscating white ethnicities and producing the white working-class subject of social scientific research at the end of World War II,’ Crossroads in Cultural Studies, August 12 (accepted, unable to attend due to visa issues).
  • April 5, 2018: ‘Obscured by quantification: women’s work in social scientific research at the end of World War II,’ European and British Association of American Studies 
  • April 22, 2017: ‘When US conceptions fail: on ethnicity, class, and international students,’ Seditious Acts: Graduate Students of Color Interrogating the Neoliberal University symposium
  • January 12, 2017: ‘Producing Difference: Race, Class, Gender, and the Formation of Women’s Professionalism in 1940s Communication Research,’ Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies Association
  • November 18, 2016:‘The Non-Digital of a Digital Public History Project: Reflections on a Zine,’ American Studies Association 
  • November 19, 2015: ‘The Travels of Mr. Biggott: Hysterizing the Prejudiced Mind in 1940s Social Scientific Research on the Effects of Propaganda,’ National Communication Association
  • April 2, 2015: ‘There Are No Master Races!: anthropology, race, and economics in Intergroup Relations Movement propaganda during the Second World War,’ Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • November 20, 2014: ‘Speaking the Public Intellectual: Race, Media, and Praxis in the Public Sphere,’ National Communication Association
  • October 17, 2014: ‘Patricia J. Williams on the Radio: Speaking Race, Speaking Praxis in the 1997 BBC Reith Lectures,’ Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender 
  • October 17, 2014: ‘‘Time Out For Victory!’: Women, Work, and Comic Books During the Second World War-Engendering Education, Engendering Labor,’ Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender
  • April 2014: ‘Joe Worker and the Story of Labor: envisioning the labor movement after the Second World War,’ Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • March 21, 2014: ‘The Hero of Unionized Labor: Joe Worker and the Story of Labor, 1946,’ The Image Of The Hero in Literature, Media, and Society, Society For The Interdisciplinary Study Of Social Imagery
  • April 2012: ‘Our Future – Free Men or Slaves?: imagining Pan-American cooperation against the Axis in a World War II propaganda comic book,’ Marginal Cartographies: Researching Beyond Borders, University of Warwick, April 2012.
  • April 2012: ‘Nuestro Futuro – ¿Hombres Libres, O Esclavos?: imagining US – Mexican cooperation against the Axis powers in a World War II propaganda comic book,’ Trans-nationalizing Popular Culture, Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Stony Brook University, New York

Teaching & Course Development

  • MDC 702 Media Research Design and Methods (postgraduate) 
  • MED 605 Current Issues in Media and Public Relations: Media and Social Movements (undergraduate) 
  • MED 605 Current Issues in Media and Public Relations: Sex, Gender and Media (undergraduate) 
  • MED 501 Media and Ethics (undergraduate)
  • MED 301: Foundations in Media Studies (Foundation)
     

Courses taught elsewhere:

  • How Pictures Persuade: U.S. Visual Culture in the Twentieth Century (undergraduate) - Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Media Literacy: Decoding Media Images and Messages (undergraduate) - Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Introduction to US Electronic Media (undergraduate) - Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota
  • Introduction to Public Speaking (undergraduate) - Department of Communication Studies, University of Minnesota