Dr Elena Block

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Honorary Research Fellow and sessional lecturer at The University of Queensland’s School of Communication and Arts. PhD in Political Communication from The University of Queensland and an MSc from the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE). Long trajectory as a journalist, media relations and public affairs executive in Venezuela. Main areas of interest: political communication and public affairs; the populist communication style; discursive disruption; the mediatisation of politics; political communication in Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela.

Selected articles

Block, E. and Negrine, R. (2017). The Populist Communication Style: Toward a Critical Framework. International Journal of Communication, 11(2017), 178-197

Block, E. (2013). A Culturalist Approach to the Concept of the Mediatization of Politics: The Age of ‘‘Media Hegemony’’, 23(2013), 259-278


Block, E. (2015). Political Communication and Leadership Mimetisation, Hugo Chavez and the Construction of Power and Identity. New York: Routledge

Research Interests

  • The mediatisation of politics


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Science, Unversity of London


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