Rachel Cody Pfister is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. She is interested in youth culture and new media interests, primarily focusing on interest-based, collaborative online communities of young people. Her current research focuses on the online fiber-crafting communities of and to learn who participates in these communities, the effect of participation in these communities on members’ crafting, and how the technical and social designs of these sites relate to members’ crafting development and participation in these sites. Her past research interests have included anime fandoms and online gaming communities. She received her bachelors of arts in psychology and anthropology at the University of California, San Diego.

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