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Miglena Todorova

Miglena Todorova
Assistant Professor


Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

transnational feminism(s); women, race and empires; gendered and sexual violence prevention in higher education, postsocialism; globalization, critical social and cultural theories, critical media literacy education, qualitative methods of research and analysis.

Academic History

Ph.D. American Studies, University of Minnesota 2006
M.A. Political Science, University of Minnesota 1999
B.A. American Studies, University of Minnesota 1997

Teaching Overview

Globalization and Transnationality: Feminist Perspectives; Qualitative Research Methods; Critical Media and Digital Literacy Education; Racial, Sexual and Gendered Violence Prevention in Higher Education; Postsocialist Studies

Representative Publications


Unequal Under Socialism: Race, Women and Transnationalism in Bulgaria, forthcoming Spring/Summer 2021, University of Toronto Press.

Edited Volume

Wane, N., Todorova M., Todd, K. (Eds.) 2019. Decolonizing Spirituality in Education and Beyond. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Special Journal Edition

Todorova, M., Wane, N., Benn-John, J. & De Mello, T. (Eds.). 2018. Canadian Woman Studies Special Edition: Sexual and Gender Violence in Education, Volume 32, Numbers1,2.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Todorova, M. 2019. "Women and High-Raise Condominiums and Curated Living: Hegemonic Itineraries of Female Empowerement." TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 40(1), 42-66.

Todorova, M. 2018. "Studying Sexual and Gendered Violence in Education: Local/Vetical, Global/Horizontal and Power-based Frames." Canadian Woman Studies, 32(1/2), 6-19.

Todorova, M. 2018. "Race and Women of Color in Socialist/Postsocialist Transnational Feminisms."  Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism Journal, 16(1), 114- 141.

Todorova, M. 2018. "Foreign Investement Inflows to Former Socialist Countries in the Balkans: Mapping Global Capitlaism. Interventions, International Journal of Postcolonial Studies".

Todorova, M. 2016. "Co-created Learning: Decolonizing Journalism Education in Canada." Canadian Journal of Communication,  41(4), 673- 692.

Todorova, M. 2015. "Dusty but Mighty: Using Radio in the Critical Media Literacy Classroom." Journal of Media Literacy Education, 6(3), 45- 56.

Todorova, M. 2006. "Imagining 'In-between Peoples' Across the Atlantic." Journal of Historical Sociolgy, 19(4), pp. 397- 418.

Book Chapters

Todorova, M. 2019. "The Politics of Spirituality: A Postsocialist View." In Njoki Wane, Miglena Todorova and Kimberly Todd (Eds.) Decolonzing Spirituality in Education and Beyond. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Todorova, M. 2007. "I Don’t Know My Color, but I Do Know My Politics." In Hoku Aikau, Karla Erickson and Jennifer Pierce (Eds.). Feminist Waves, Feminist Generations: Life Stories from the Academy. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press. 

Research Grants and Contracts

2020 ASPP Publication Grant, Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada.

2019 SSHRC Insight Development Grant: "Sexual and Gender-based Violence among International Students: A Qualitative Approach."

2019 SSHRC Connection Grant: "Social Innovation in Media Literacy Education."

2016 Hammed Shahidian Legacy Initiative Fund, University of Toronto: "Second- Third World Women: Race,Socialism(s),and Empires."

2016 Connaught New Researcher Fund, University of Toronto: "Violence Against University Women: Postsocialist Perspectives."

Honours and Awards

2018 Paula J. Giddings Award for Best Essay on Race, Women, and Transnational Feminism, Meridians 2018.

2015 Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award Nomination, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

2014 Professor of the Year Award, The Underground, University of Toronto Scarborough.

Professional Activities

Director, Centre for Media, Culture and Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.