Cristobella Durrette is a student journalist with over three years of experience working in print and digital media. After joining The Cougar, the student newspaper at the University of Houston, she covered campus, local and national news. During her time there, she held a variety of staff and editorial roles, including Managing Editor. In her most recent position as News Editor, she covered national and state politics, on-campus construction, the UH police department and breaking news. She has also told stories about the Bayou City during her time as an intern with Houston Public Media, the city’s NPR affiliate. 


Cristobella also conducts interdisciplinary humanities research on comics in the Honors College at the University of Houston. Her research exists at the intersection of journalism studies, comics studies and Middle Eastern studies. As a FrameWorks fellow, she analyzed Joe Sacco’s 2009 graphic novel Footnotes in Gaza to find how the comics medium breaks barriers to empathetic storytelling. In the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, she explored how 1950s horror comics illustrate a shift in American national values post-World War II. She has continued studying Sacco’s work for her Senior Honors Thesis, a graphic novella analyzing the perception of the Israel-Palestine conflict by Western media. 


Her writing has appeared on The Cougar and Houston Public Media. 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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