Affiliation: PhD Candidate, Communication, UCSD
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 ravelry.com 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 Southern California.
Cody, R. (2010). “Kalipea’s Journey from Novice to Veteran in Final Fantasy XI.” In J.K. Parker Teaching tech-savvy kids: Bringing digital media into the classroom, grades 5-12. Thousand Oaks: Corwin. 116-122.
Ito, M., S. Baumer, M. Bittanti, d. boyd, R. Cody, B. Herr-Stephenson, H. Horst, K. Z. Martínez, C.J. Pascoe, D. Perkel, L. Robinson, C. Sims, and L. Tripp. (2010). Hanging out, messing around, and geeking out: Kids living and learning with new media. The John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Ito, M., H. Horst, M. Bittanti, d. boyd, B. Herr-Stephenson, P.G. Lange, C.J. Pascoe, and L. Robinson (with S. Baumer, R. Cody, D. Mahendran, K. Martinez, D. Perkel, C. Sims, and L. Tripp). (2008). Living and learning with new media: Summary of findings from the Digital Youth Project. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Research Blog Entries
Pfister, R.C. (2014). “The Powerful Combination of Interests and Peer Culture.” Connected Learning Research Network. April 5, 2014.
Pfister, R.C. (2012). “Knitting Up Hogwarts: A Harry Potter Fiber Craft Community.”Connected Learning Research Network. July 12, 2012.