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Miglena Todorova

Miglena Todorova
Assistant Professor

email: miglena.todorova@utoronto.ca  

Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

transnational feminism(s), postsocialist studies, gendered violence in education, critical theories, feminist media and critical media literacy education, qualitative methods of research and analysis, relational and international studies, Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Academic History

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

Teaching Overview

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

Representative Publications

Special Journal Editions:

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

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Todorova, M. 2018. Studying Sexual and Gendered Violence in Educaiton: 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. Foreing Investement Inflows to Former Socialist Countries in the Balknas: Mapping Global Capitlaism. Interventions, International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2018.1492953

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. 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. 


“Living Healthy in Toronto: Voices from the Margins,” Intohealth: Healthy Communities Partnership. Submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sports, published online at www.intohealth.ca, May 2011.

Media Projects

“Borderless Radio: The Politics of Canadian Cultures,” 2011-2015
 (Funded by the Government of Canada, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and the Bulgarian National Radio). At http://bnr.bg/sites/hristobotev/Shows/Culture/Artefir/Pages/120523toronto.aspx

"Living, Teaching and Learning with Race," panel discussion CIUT 89.5 Toronto, broadcast May 28, 2012, re-broadcast Jue 2, 2012

Student Lens: Show Them Your World!  2009 (Funded by the Open Society Institute, Bulgaria/George Soros Foundation and the Fulbright Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, United States).

“Sexuality in Popular Media: Conference for Media Practitioners” 2008
(Funded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Health, the Queer Bulgaria Foundation and the Bulgarian Council for Electronic Media).

Research Grants and Contracts

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.

2012 David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Education Nomination, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

2004 Outstanding Graduate Instructor in Composition Award Nomination, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota.

Professional Activities

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