Sandra Ristovska
Assistant Professor
Media Studies

Sandra Ristovska, PhD, sees her research and filmmaking as interrelated endeavors through which she explores how visual media facilitate processes of knowledge acquisition and social change. In particular, her work examines issues around global media activism, human rights, visual evidence and media ethnography, and it has been featured in the Journal of Human Rights, Media, Culture & Society, the Journal of the Oxford Center for Socio-Legal Studies and The Communication Review. She is also a co-editor of a forthcoming Palgrave volume Visual Imagery and Human Rights Practice. Ristovska is the recipient of the NCA’s Outstanding Dissertation of 2016 in Visual Communication Award, IAMCR’s 2013 Herbert Schiller Prize and ICA’s 2013 Top Paper Award by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division. Prior to joining CMCI, she was the George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and she has held visiting fellow appointments with the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School—where she served as an advisor to the Visual Law Project—the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University. She is a past co-director of CAMRA, an interdisciplinary media collective at the University of Pennsylvania that examines media practices as a form of scholarship, and a past co-chair of IAMCR’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Section. She now sits on the International Council of IAMCR and the Clearinghouse for Public Statements.