About Me

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

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