Hi! I’m Nicole (she/her), and I’m a giant nerd. Check out my CV.
I’ve been a lover of libraries and books since I was a little girl. After stumbling onto my first fansite as a ten-year-old, I fell in love and have since spent a majority of what little free time I have deeply engaged with various fandoms. As a graduate student, I decided to combine these loves into my research area: youth, media, and fan studies.
As a queer and disabled woman, I am very interested in examining fandom as a space for identities to intersect and for marginalized groups to express themselves and their identities.
I hold a BA in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas (2016) and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2020). I am now pursuing my PhD in Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
My Favorite Quotes
“A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story.”C.S. Lewis
“Fan fiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of by the folk.”Henry Jenkins
“A library is infinity under a roof.”Gail Carson Levine