About Svetlana

Svetlana Mintcheva is director of programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship, a 42-year old alliance of U.S. national non-profit organizations. She is the founding director of NCAC’s Arts Advocacy Program, the only U.S. national initiative devoted to the arts and free expression today. Dr. Mintcheva has written on emerging trends in censorship, organized public discussions and mobilized support for individual artists. She is the co-editor of Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression (New Press, 2006). An academic as well as an activist, Dr. Mintcheva has taught at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, at Duke University, NC from which she received her Ph.D. in critical theory in 1999, and at New York University. Her current research interests are in the area of "soft censorship" and self-censorship in neo-liberal democracies.