Natalie Manayeva is a doctoral student in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee. She works at the UT Institute for Nuclear Security, where she holds a position of a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Howard Hall, Director of the INS. At the INS, Natalie is responsible for communications and public relations, and also conducts research in the field of global nuclear security, international mass media and public opinion.
After receiving a bachelor's degree from the Department of Social Communication at the Belarusian State University (Minsk) in 2008, Natalie decided to continue her education in Mass Media Studies in the United States. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2010 with a Master of Science degree in Communication and Information. Her Master’s thesis examined framing of the United States in Belarusian media during first six months of the Obama presidency.
Natalie has a professional background in sociology: from 2007 she continues to work part-time as a research assistant at the Independent Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Studies (IISEPS) in Minsk, Belarus, where she is involved in conducting various research projects (such as quarterly national opinion polls, document analysis, field observations), and is responsible for public relations activities.
Her research interests are in global security and public policy, with special focus on nuclear security, international mass media and public opinion. Her other interests include anti-Americanism and its impact on international relations, U.S. foreign policy and democratic sustainability in transitional societies, and mass media and political communication in transitional societies(Eastern Europe, CIS countries and Russia).
Natalie has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals (including Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs, Questions of Journalism (Slovakia), International Journal of Market Research and Baker Center Journal of Applied Public Policy), co-authored three book chapters on the problems of mass media and public opinion in Belarus, and presented research papers at American and international conferences, including Annual AAPOR Conference (2011, 2013), ECREA International Conferences on Media in Central and Eastern Europe (2011, 2012, 2013), ECREA European Communication Conference (2012), AEJMC Annual Conference (2012) and AJHA Annual Convention(2012).
She is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).
Natalie’s native language is Russian, and is fluent in English and Belarusian.
- Masters of Science, Communication and Information (2010) from the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information, School of Journalism and Electronic Media. Thesis: "War of words: Framing of the United States in Selected Belarusian newspapers in 2009". Chair: Dr. Peter Gross
- Bachelor of Science in Information and Communication (2008) from the Belarusian State University (Minsk), College of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Department of Social Communication