Cristobella Durrette is a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Journalism with a specialization in Politics, Policy and Foreign Affairs. Before coming to Medill, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston, where studied creative writing and studio art. Cristobella also worked at The Cougar, the student newspaper, for three years and held positions including Managing Editor and News Editor. She also completed internships with the Smithsonian Institution and Houston Public Media, the city's NPR affiliate. 

Cristobella also conducts interdisciplinary humanities research on comics and graphic novels. Her research exists at the intersection of journalism studies, comics studies and Middle Eastern studies. She earned fellowships in the FrameWorks program and the Summer Undergraduate Research program, both housed in the Honors college at the University of Houston. Her undergraduate senior thesis, for which she created a graphic novella, won the Outstanding Senior Thesis award in 2021. 


Her writing has appeared on The Cougar, Houston Public Media and the Hyde Park Herald. Her research has appeared in the FrameWorks research journal. In 2020, she presented her research at the University of Houston’s Undergraduate Research Day, the FrameWorks Symposium and the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference. She also works as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. 


To contact her directly, email or message her on Twitter @crist0bella. 

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