Mihaela Mihailova contributed the chapter, "Realism and Animation" to the book The Animation Studies Reader (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), a text that brings together both key writings within animation studies and new material in emerging areas of the field. The collection provides readers with seminal texts that ground animation studies within the contexts of theory and aesthetics, form and genre, and issues of representation. 

Mihailova also wrote the chapter "Before Sound, there was Soul: The Role of Animation in Silent Nonfiction Cinema" in Drawn from Life: Issues and Themes in Animated Documentary Cinema. This book is the first to explore the field of animated documentaries from a diverse range of scholarly and practice-based perspectives, exploring and proposing answers to a range of questions that preoccupy twenty-first-century film artists and audiences alike.