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Jacqueline Ristola

Jacqueline Ristola


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Jacquelinea Ristola is a Lecturer in Animation (Digital) in the Department of Film and Television at the University of Bristol. She received her PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University, Montreal. 

Her research areas include animation/anime studies, media industry studies, and queer representation. Her dissertation examines animation’s transformation from cable television to streaming platforms. 

She is the co-chair for SCMS's Animated Media SIG. Her work is published in Kinephanos, Synoptique, Con a de animación, and Animation Studies Online Journal, where she was awarded the inaugural Maureen Furniss Student Essay Award. She also co-edited a special issue on LGBTQ Animation for Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, and has a chapter in the edited collection Representation in Steven Universe (Palgrave 2020).


Lecturer in Animation (Digital), University of Bristol

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | 2021

MA in Cinema and Media Studies | York University | Toronto - Canada | 2017

BA in Film and Media Studies | Calvin University | Grand Rapids - US | 2013


“Espacios de imágenes del anime: Walter Benjamin y las políticas del consumo.” (Anime’s Image Space: Walter Benjamin and the Politics of Consumption). Con A de animación Vol. 12 (2021): 94-111. (Written in Spanish.)

“Facebook/Meta.” In Super Apps: A Platform Lab Report, edited by Jake Pitre. The Platform Lab, 2022. 13-15.

“Crunchyroll.” In Anime Streaming Platform Wars: A Platform Lab Report, edited by Aurélie Petit. The Platform Lab, 2021. 4-6.

“Going Gonzo: Crunchyroll, Anime Streaming, and Unpaid Digital Labour.” Kinephanos: Journal of Media Studies and Pop Culture, (Forthcoming 2022).

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