Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager’s article published in Field Studies

Associate Professor Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager has published the essay “Shielding Democracy from Putin’s S/Words” in the National Communication Association’s Field Studies series.


During the Cold War, Soviet Russia employed self-glorifying rhetoric to create a master narrative that was used to justify expanding Soviet hegemony and communism. Having previously forced the Soviet geo-political and ideological totality on 14 republics (Ukraine among them), after WWII the USSR started liberating Eastern Europe by occupying countries near its boarders – Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and many others. The result became known as the “Soviet Bloc” or “Eastern Bloc…” Behind the Iron Curtain, the Soviets celebrated their victories as liberators of Europe. And every time an occupied country (for example, Czechoslovakia) tried to resist, the mighty Red Army corrected the reality, while the communication “apparat” in Moscow corrected the narrative . . . .



Khrebtan-Hörhager interviewed by Denver 7 News

On February 25, 2022, Khrebtan-Hörhager was interviewed by the Denver 7 News channel to help provide historical context into the Russian invasion of Ukraine. That interview can be viewed online here.