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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

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Nadia Kaneva, PhD

Nadia KanevaOffice Location: Media, Film & Journalism Studies Building, Room 107

Phone: 303-871-4574


About: Nadia Kaneva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Kaneva also serves as Director of the M.A. in Media and Public Communication and of the interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy.

Dr. Kaneva's research draws on critical theories of communication and culture and explores the construction of national and gendered identities in various contexts. She is particularly interested in critical perspectives on promotional culture, nation branding, and public diplomacy. Much of her research focuses on the transformations of post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

At DU, Dr. Nadia Kaneva teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in media theory, strategic communication, branding, and public diplomacy. Before becoming a college professor, she has worked in advertising and public relations in the United States and in her native country, Bulgaria.

Office Hours, Fall Quarter 2020: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Email for the Zoom link.

Selected Classes: 

  • MFJS 2400: Strategic Communication Planning
  • MFJS 3420: Strategic Communication Seminar
  • MFJS 4060: Strategic Messaging
  • MFJS 4160: Media Theories
  • MFJS 4320: Brands & Identities
  • MFJS 4065: Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding
  • MFJS 4912: Post-socialist Media and Culture


  • PhD, Media Studies University of Colorado at Boulder (2007)
  • MA, Advertising, Syracuse University (1999)
  • BA, Journalism and Mass Communication, American University in Bulgaria (1997)

Selected Publications: 

  • Kaneva, N. (2018). Simulation nations: Nation brands and Baudrillard's theory of media, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21(5): 631-648.
  • Kaneva, N. (2017). The branded national imagination and its limits: Insights from the post-socialist experience, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, 39(1): 116-138.
  • Kaneva, N. & Klemmer, A. (2017). The rise of brandidates? A cultural perspective on political candidate brands in postmodern consumer democracies. Journal of Customer Behavior, 15(3): 299-313.
  • Kaneva, N. & Ibroscheva, E. (2015). Pin-ups, strippers, and centerfolds: Gendered mediation and post-socialist political culture. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 18(2): 224-241.
  • Kaneva, N. (Ed.) (2015). Mediating Post-Socialist Femininities. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Kaneva, N. (Ed.) (2011) Branding Post-Communist Nations: Marketizing National Identities in the 'New' Europe. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Hoover, S. M. & N. Kaneva (Eds.)(2009). Fundamentalisms and the Media. New York: Bloomsbury.

Website: Nadia Kaneva, University of Denver