Stefka Hristova

Stefka Hristova
"The true picture of the past whizzes by. Only as a picture, which flashes its final farewell in the moment of its recognizability, is the past to be held fast."
—Walter Benjamin “On the Concept of History”


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Assistant Professor of Digital Media, Humanities

  • PhD, University of California Irvine


Stefka Hristova is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Michigan Technological University. She holds a PhD in Visual Studies from the University of California Irvine. Her research examines the digital visual cultures of war and displacement.

Stefka teaches in the Communication, Culture, & Media Undergraduate Program and the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture Graduate Program.


  • Visual Studies
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Eastern European Visual Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Theory

Recent Publications

  • "Recognizing Friend and Foe: Biometrics, Veridiction, and the Iraq War" Surveillance and Society. Vol 12, N4 (December 2014). Read More
  • “Visual Memes as Neutralizers of Political Dissent” TripleC Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society. Special Issue on Critical Visual Theory. Vol 12. N. 1 (2014): 265-276. Read More
  • “’Doing a Lynndie’: Iconography of a Gesture” Visual Anthropology Journal 2013 26.5 (2013): 430-443. Read More
  • “Occupy Wall Street meets Occupy Iraq: On Remembering and Forgetting in a Digital Age” Radical History Review. Fall 3013. 2013(117): 83-97. Read More
  • “Digital Animalized Camouflage: A Zone of Biopolitical Indistinction” Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events July 2013 Read More
  • “Life is Waiting:” Statehood, Temporality, and Mobility at The Terminal” Transnational Subjects Journal Vol 2. N. 1 (2012). Read More
  • "Abu Ghraib: A Ghostly Story” in Gender, Power, and Military Occupations: Asia Pacific and the Middle East since 1945. Eds. Christine de Matos and Rowena Ward. Routledge (March 2012). Read More


  • Hristova, Stefka, “Securing the State: Exploring the Role of Anthropometrics and Biometrics in the 1930s and the 2000s Occupations of Iraq," American Studies Association 2012, San Juan Puerto Rico, Oral
  • Hristova, Stefka, "Pixelated Wars: Invisibility, Digitalization, and Militarization in American Culture", American Studies Association 2011, Baltimore MD, Oral.