College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Daniela Dimitrova

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Matt Wettengel

Professor and Director of Graduate Education


117 Hamilton Hall


Spring 2016

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Year at ISU

Fall 2003


  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Florida, 2003.
  • M.A., Journalism & Communications, University of Oregon, 1999.
  • B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications and Political Science & International Relations, American University in Bulgaria, 1997.

Teaching and Research

  • New media technologies, international communication and framing of news.


  • More than 50 refereed research articles have appeared in journals such as Communication Research, the Harvard International Journal of Press/ Politics, Journalism Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, New Media & Society, American Journalism, The International Communication Gazette and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

Major Awards

  • Honors Excellence in Advising/Mentoring Award (ISU, 2008)
  • LAS Early Achievement in Research/Creative Activity Award (ISU, 2007)
  • International Communication Association Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student (2003)
  • University of Florida Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (2003)
  • University of Florida Outstanding International Student (2002)
  • Top Faculty Paper, AEJMC Electronic News Division (2014)


  • Worked in the radio and television industry in Bulgaria.

Current Projects

  • 1. Cross-cultural analysis of media portrayals of nationalist political parties.

  • 2. Comparative content analysis of news coverage of Syrian refugees in Bulgaria, Turkey and the United States.

Current Research

  • Cross-cultural media studies of political news.


  • Director of Graduate Education
  • Member of DEO Advisory
  • Graduate Steering Committee
  • GSJC Promotion and Tenure Committee