Dr Helena Ivanov

Dr Helena Ivanov

Visiting Fellow

Department of International Relations

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Croatian, English, German, Serbian
Key Expertise
genocide, violence against civilians, propaganda, Yugoslav wars

About me

My research focuses on the relationship between propaganda and violence against civilians. I analyse the role propaganda played in justifying violence during the Yugoslav wars. In my doctoral thesis, I produced a model of propaganda that details the phases, functions, discourses, and techniques of propaganda that can be identified across cases. On top of that, I currently work as the Associate Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank. In previous years, I worked as the Manager at the Centre for International Studies at LSE, and served as a GTA for courses such as Contemporary Issues in International Relations, International Security, Genocide, Power Shift, Global Politics in the 21st Century.

During my masters degree at the University of Oxford, I analysed the role that dehumanisation plays in justifying violence against civilians, and worked as a Waynflete Intern in Politics at Magdalen College School. 

During my undergraduate degree at the University of Belgrade, I worked as a GTA for Introduction to Political Theory course, have been a member of the executive board of Open communication (a non-governmental organisation in Serbia), took part in debating and won several international competitions (including European Championship in the English as a Second Language Category).

Research topic

The role of propaganda in justifying mass violence

Teaching experience

  • GTA, Contemporary Issues in International Relations, LSE, September 2019-June 2020
  • GTA, Global Politics in the 21st Century, LSE IDEAS, October-November 2019
  • GTA, Summer School course Power Shift, July 2019
  • GTA, Summer School course Genocide (IR205), LSE, July 2019
  • GTA, International Security (IR205) and Contemporary Issues in International Relations (IR101), LSE, September 2018-September 2019
  • GTA, Summer School course Genocide (IR202), LSE, July 2018
  • Tutor in Politics (lower and upper sixth form), Magdalen College School, September 2015-July 2017
  • GTA in Introduction to Political Theory, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, September 2012-June 2015


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Expertise Details

genocide; violence against civilians; propaganda; Yugoslav wars; dehumanisation; civil wars; conflict