Natalia Mielczarek

Natalia Mielczarek

Assistant Professor


181 Turner St., NW (0311), 
144 Shanks Hall, 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership


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  • Visual communication
  • Iconic images
  • Digital participatory culture & viral content

Professional Activities

  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • International Communication Association


  • Ph.D. University of Iowa
  • M.A. Missouri School of Journalism
  • B.A. Vanderbilt University 

Selected Publications

Edited Books

Mielczarek, N. (2016). A useable soccer martyr: The Egyptian ultras and their fight for legitimacy. In M. Sheffer and B. Schultz (Eds.), Sport and religion in the 21st century. New York, NY: Rowan and Littlefield, pp. 95-109.


Eko, L., & Mielczarek, N. (2015) When memory ‘sees signs’ and ‘plays games’: An analysis of two sports shoe controversies, Visual Communication Quarterly22(3), 160-173.

Mielczarek, N., & Perlmutter, D. (2014). Big pictures and visual propaganda: The lessons of research on the ‘effects’ of photojournalistic icons. In C. Winkler and C. Dauber (Eds.), Visual propaganda and extremism in the online environment. Carlisle, PA: United States Army War College Press, 215-233.

Mielczarek, N. (2013). The 2011 World Press Photo: A study of a modern-day Hagar in Yemen through the prism of collective memory in Islam.” Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 6(2&3), 217-232.