Elena Romero currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Advertising and Marketing Communications department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and is a TV Correspondent for CUNY-TV's magazine show LATINAS.
For over 25 years, Romero has critically covered culture, music, and fashion for every media platform (newspaper, magazines, television, radio and online). Her journalistic work as appeared in consumer, trade and online publications including Women's Wear Daily (WWD), Daily News Record (DNR), Sportswear International, the New York Post, Latina, Urban Latino, Vibe, Honey, Blaze and remezcla.com. In addition, she has been published in academic journals including QED: A Journal of GLBTQ and has served as an editor of City's College's City at the Center.
A cultural historian, Romero is the author of Free Stylin': How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion industry (Praeger, 2002). She shares her insight in critically acclaimed fashion documentaries including Fresh Dressed (2012) and The Remix: Hip Hop x Fashion (2019). Her expertise has been featured on NBC's Today Show; Fox's Good Day New York, UPN, Video Music Box, and CNBC's The Brave Ones.
Romero has received numerous awards including the Urban Fashion Journalism Award (2002); the Hope Appreciation Award (2016); Trailblazer of the Year (2016); Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at The City College of New York's Faculty Leadership Award (2011); and 2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
Romero transitioned into teaching in 2002 as an adjunct instructor for FIT and two years later for the City College of New York's Center for Worker Education (CWE). She was promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor at both colleges where she remained until she moved into teaching full-time in fall 2019.
Romero holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and an M.S. in Publishing, both from New York University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Urban Education from The CUNY Graduate Center. A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry, Romero resides in Brooklyn.