Student profile

Jacqueline Ristola

Jacqueline Ristola is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She received her master’s degree in Cinema and Media studies from York University in 2017, where she also received a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies from the York Centre for Asian Research. Her research areas include animation/anime studies, media industry studies, and queer theory. Her work is published in Animation Studies Online Journal, where she was awarded the inaugural Maureen Furniss Award for Best Student Paper. She also has a chapter in Representation in Steven Universe (Palgrave 2020), and is  a co-editor of a forthcoming issue on LGBTQ Animation for Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies (March 2020).

  • Fonds de Recherche du Quebec Societe et Culture
  • Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence
  • J.A. DeSève Graduate Fellowship
  • Concordia Merit Scholarship
  • Maureen Furniss Essay Award (2017),  presented by the Society for Animation Studies

Supervisor: Dr. Marc Steinberg

Thesis Title: Cartoon Networks: The Televisual Logic of Limited AnimationResearch Interests:

  • animation/anime studies
  • television studies
  • labour studies
  • queer theory
  • media ecologies
  • platform capitalism


  • FMST 398: Anime Media Histories (Fall 2017)
  • FMST 320: Digital Media & Animation (Winter 2019)
  • FMST 218: The History of Animated Film (Winter 2020)

Selected Publications:

“Globalizing Fandoms: Envisioning Queer Futures from Kunihiko Ikuhara and Rebecca Sugar.” In Leah Richards and John Ziegler (eds.) Representation in Steven Universe (Palgrave, January 2020).

“Fight to Win: The Political Contours of Graduate Student Organizing.” Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies Vol. 8, No. 2, 2019.

“Realist Film Theory and Flowers of Evil: The Philosophical Potentials of Rotoscope Animation.” Animation Studies 12, December 2017. Winner of the inaugural Maureen Furniss Award from the Society of Animation Studies.

“Blood, Sweat, Ink, and Tears: Exploitation of Labour in the Anime Industry.” In Thomas, Mark P., Jordan House, and Loren March (eds.) (2017) Symposium Proceedings: GLRC Graduate Student Symposium 2016. Toronto: Global Labour Research Centre, York University.

“Recreating Reality: The Documentary Genre within Waltz with Bashir and Persepolis.” Animation Studies Vol.11, December 2016.



Twitter: @j_ristola

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