Dr. Volha Kananovich

Contact and Overview

Email Address


Office Hours

Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm, Thursday 10:00am-12:30pm


M.A., Ph.D., The University of Iowa
Ph.D., National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
B.A., M.A., Belarusian National Technical University


Currently Teaching (Fall 2020)

COM 1300 Journalism Matters
COM 2610 News Reporting and Writing

Teaching and Research Specialties

Multimedia Storytelling
Political Communication
International Communication


Kananovich, V. & Young, R. (2019). Too Hard to Shout Over the Loudest Frame: Effects of Competing Frames in the Context of the Crystallized Media Coverage on Offshore Outsourcing. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 27(2), 99–113.

Kananovich, V. (2018). Framing the taxation–democratization link: An automated content analysis of cross-national newspaper data. International Journal of Press/Politics, 23(2), 247–267.

Kananovich, V. & Durham, F. D. (2018). Reproducing the imprint of power: Framing the “Creative Class” in Putin’s Russia. International Journal of Communication, 12, 1087–1113.

Kananovich, V. (2016). Progressive artists, political martyrs, or blasphemous hussies? A content analysis of the Russian media coverage of the Pussy Riot affair. Popular Music and Society, 39(4), 396–409.

Kananovich, V. (2015). “Execute not pardon”: The Pussy Riot case, political speech, and blasphemy in Russian law. Communication Law and Policy, 20(4), 343–422.

Kananovich, V. (2014). Pussy Riot vs. civil obedience: A critical discourse analysis of two texts. Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 16, 65–81.

Recent Awards

Top Scholar Award, Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication (2019).

Graduate Research Excellence Award, The University of Iowa (2019).

Rita Mitra Subramanian Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research, The University of Iowa (2018, 2019).

Carl J. Nelson Memorial Research Award, The University of Iowa (2019).

Best Student Poster Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Communication Division (2018).

Top Two Paper, Moeller Student Competition, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Mass Communication and Society Division (2018).

Top Paper, 19th Annual Jakobsen Memorial Graduate Conference, The University of Iowa (2017).

John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for Research, The University of Iowa (2017).

Title: Assistant Professor, Journalism
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8498

Office address
Beasley Media Complex 221