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