Honorary Research Fellow and Sessional Lecturer and Tutor in the School of Communication and Arts and the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland

Dr. Elena Block is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland currently investigating the links between political communication and populism, with focus on identifying the ‘populist communication style’. She is sessional lecturer and tutor in Political Communication and other courses on communication and media at UQ’s School of Communication and Arts and School of Political Science and International Studies. Elena completed her PhD also at The University of Queensland on Hugo Chavez’s populist political communication in Venezuela. Her thesis turned into book entitled Political Communication and Leadership. Mimetisation, Hugo Chavez and the Construction of Power and Identity, was published by Routledge in August 2015. She is also interested in the mediatisation of politics. Back in her native Venezuela Elena lectured in Political Communication at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) and worked as a journalist, media advisor, press secretary and corporate communications executive.

Publications

Book
• Block, Elena (2015). Political Communication and Leadership. Mimetisation, Hugo Chavez and the Construction of Power and Identity. New York: Routledge.

Journal articles
• Block, E. (2013). A Culturalist Approach to the Concept of the Mediatization of Politics. Communication Theory, 23, 259-278. doi: 10.1111/comt.12016
• Block, E. (2010) Populism, Freedom of Expression and Citizenship. Communication: Venezuelan Studies of Communication. 35,149 (64-72)

Experience

  • –present
    Sessional lecturer and tutor, The University of Queensland
  • –present
    Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Education

  •  
    London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc in Political Sociology
  •  
    Universidad Central de Venezuela, Licentiate Social Communication (Journalism major)
  • 2014 
    The University of Queensland, PhD in Political Communication

Publications

  • 2015
    Political Communication and Leadership. Mimetisation, Hugo Chavez and the Construction of Power and Identity, Routledge
  • 2013
    A Culturalist Approach to the Concept of the Mediatization of Politics, Communication Theory
  • 2010
    Populism, Freedom of Expression and Citizenship, Communication: Venezuelan Studies of Communicatio

Professional Memberships

  • European Communication Research and Education Association

Research Areas

  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)