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Ristovska, Sandra

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research overview

  • Sandra Ristovska, PhD, studies how, under what circumstances, and to what ends images shape the pursuit of justice and human rights in institutional and legal contexts nationally and internationally. Her research is informed by her experiences as a documentary filmmaker and premised on the understanding that without systematic guidance and applications for treating images as evidence, human rights and civil rights may be disparately recognized and upheld.


  • visual communication, visual evidence, multimodal research, engaged scholarship


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courses taught

  • MDST 1001 - Foundations of Media Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Introduces students to key issues and debates and contemporary applications of critical media studies focusing on economic, social, political and cultural implications. Provides an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice and equips students with the tools to critically analyze various forms of textual transmission.
  • MDST 2002 - Media and Communication History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines the historical development of communication forms, tools, technologies and institutions (orality, writing, printing, photography, film, radio, television, computers, internet); their influence on culture (forms of expression and social relationships); and their impact on social and individual experience. Applies knowledge of communication history to contemporary social issues and problems in media and society, domestically and internationally.
  • MDST 3002 - Digital Culture and Politics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Examines issues at the intersection of digital media, culture and politics, such as regulation and network architecture, piracy and hacking, and grassroots activism. Engage with a range of theories about cultural politics, democracy, liberalism and neo-liberalism in relation to digital information and communication technologies.
  • MDST 4241 - Visual Culture and Human Rights
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provides the critical tools needed to understand images and their impact on the recognition and restitution of human rights claims. The course examines both visual practices (e.g. documentation, archiving, witnessing, advocacy and surveillance) and visual media (e.g. photography, film, video, drone and satellite images), unpacking the growing entanglement between visual culture and human rights.
  • MDST 4871 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Special Topics
  • MDST 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021
  • MDST 6871 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2022
    Special topics. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours hours
  • MDST 7021 - Proseminar in Media and Communication Theory 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Continues the introduction of principle concepts, literature, and theoretical and paradigmatic perspectives of media studies and mass communication and their ties and contributions to parallel domains in the social sciences and humanities. Formerly MDST 7021.
  • MDST 7051 - Qualitative Research Methods in Media
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines various methods of qualitative data gathering and analysis in the mass and social media context. Formerly CMCI 7051.


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