Elena D Hristova

Elena is a historian of U.S. media and culture with an interest in gender, racial formations, and social movements. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the intersection of visual culture, social scientific research, and the production of gendered, raced, and classed identity. Elena is currently a Lecturer at Regent's University, London.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • MPhil: American Studies, University of Sussex, England, 2013.
  • BA (First Class Honours): American Studies and English Literature, University of Sussex, England, 2010.
  • year abroad: African-American History and Literature; Feminist Theory, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2008-2009.

Curriculum Vitae


  • visual culture
  • Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Gender, Race, and Class
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • political economy of communication
  • Comics studies
  • Social Movements
  • Housing
  • qualitative research methods
Courses Taught
  • Media Research Design and Methods (MA level), Regent's University, London
  • Gender, Sex and Media - Regent's University, London
  • COMM 3645W How Pictures Persuade
  • COMM 3263W Media Literacy
  • COMM 1101 Public Speaking
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Lecturer : Lecturer in Media and Communications, Regent's University, London , September 2018
  • Visiting Lecturer in Media and Communications: Regent's University, London , January 2018 - August 2018
  • President: Communication Studies Graduate Student Association , September 2015 - September 2016
  • Editor: Teaching Media Quarterly , Fall 2014 - ongoing
  • Department of Communication Studies Undergraduate Awards Committee: 2014 - ongoing
  • Critical and Cultural Studies Division reviewer, National Communication Association: 2015
  • American Studies Division reviewer, National Communication Association : 2015
  • Inge Award and Lent Award reviewer, Comics and Comic Art Division, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association: 2015
  • National Communication Association: member , 2013 - ongoing
  • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association: member , 2013 - ongoing
  • Historians of the Twentieth Century United States: member , 2010 - ongoing


  • 1940s and 1950s Communications research on anti-prejudice propaganda and capitalism: dissertation project, ongoing
  • Housing debates, 1900 - 1950: research project for Professor Catherine R. Squires, Summer 2014 - ongoing


  • Defend Glendale: housing rights & public housing,
  • Hristova, Elena D. "The Women of Communication Studies and Foundation Funding," Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports, 2018. Download
  • Hristova, Elena D. “Nuestro Futuro –¿Hombres Libres, O Esclavos?: imagining U.S.–Mexican cooperation against the Axis powers in a World War II propaganda comic book.” In Cultures of Comics Work, edited by Casey Brienza and Paddy Johnston, 65-80. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Hristova, Elena D. “Introduction: Teaching #BlackLivesMatter: Media, Race, and Social Movements.” Teaching Media Quarterly Vol. 4, No. 1 (2016).
  • Volante, Alisha, Brianna Wilson, and Elena D. Hristova. “Carceral Colonialism: Imprisonment in Tribal Country.” The Circle: Native American News and Arts. December 3, 2015.
  • Hristova, Elena D. “Introduction: Work and Media.” Teaching Media Quarterly Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Hristova, Elena D. “Joe Worker and the Story of Labor: Educating Workers for the Post-World War II Labor Program.” International Journal of Comic Art Vol. 16, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 132-152.
  • Rockefeller Archive Center Research Stipend, April 2017 - March 2018
  • Community Innovation Grant, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Bush Foundation (with Defend Glendale), January 2017
  • Summer Research Grant, Department of Communication Studies, 2015
  • Council of Graduate Students Travel Award, April 2015
  • John A. Lent Award for Best Graduate Study in Comics (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association), 2014
  • Ethical Leadership Award, Department of Communication Studies , 2014
  • Doctoral School Research Travel Grant, University of Sussex, 2012
  • History, Art History & Philosophy Doctoral Students Research Support, University of Sussex , 2012