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Jelena Petrovic

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

Jelena Petrovic, is an assistant professor of communication and media studies. Her research centers on news media discourses and their relevance for the representation of migration and national identities across diverse and international contexts. She is also one of the co-founders of Community Education Project, a higher education in prison program in Tomoka Correctional Institution, in Central Florida. Her teaching experience includes courses in critical intercultural communication, media theory and analysis, media constructions of national identity and crime, protest and activism and communication and technology. She possesses global media expertise through her research as well as journalism experience through working for newspapers in both Serbia and the United States.


  • Ph.D., University of New Mexico
  • M.A., Wichita State University

Course Topics

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Media Theory & Analysis
  • Communication & Technology

Research Interests

  • National imagination and identity
  • Immigration, construction of crime and cultural deviance in media and political discourses
  • Critical pedagogy in carceral spaces


  • Petrovic, J, Cappas-Toro, P. & Eisen, A. (forthcoming) Incarceration, identity, and higher education:
  • Critical pedagogy and incarcerated student identities. In A. Atay & D. Trebing (Eds.), Special Populations and Critical Pedagogy. Rutledge. 
  • Hentz, P. & Petrovic, J. (in press). Why are all the international students sitting together in the cafeteria? Teaching about cultural adaptation through community engagement. In J. Seiter (ed.), G. I. F. T. S. collection: Activities for teaching communication in classroom. Bedford/St. Martin's Press. 
  • Petrovic. J. (2015). Social semiotics. In K. Tracy, C. Ilie, & T. Sandel (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Faculty Expert

  • Media studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Critical discourse studies

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