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MA, Cultural Studies: Claremont Graduate University
MA, International Relations: University of San Francisco
BA, Public Relations: California State University, Fresno


Elaine Venter teaches on impact of mass media and emerging media. A PhD student in Cultural Studies at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), Venter specializes in new media with an interest in social media, video games and media accessibility on the internet. She is currently researching and writing her dissertation on the political, economic and cultural impact of geo-blocking online media content.

Venter earned an MA in Cultural Studies from CGU and an MA in International Studies from the University of San Francisco. During her undergraduate studies, Venter worked to achieve a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations.

Venter moved to America with her family from South Africa in December 1998, and she is now an American citizen. Much of her experiences have helped shape her research interests throughout her studies. Each life experience brings forward new questions about the way we are as individuals and a larger society. Learning for Venter is as much about drawing from her own life stories as much as it is from students in a classroom in making sense of theory and practice.