FIMS Profile

Effie Sapuridis

  • About Me

  • Teaching

  • Research and Editorial Experience

  • Publications & Presentations

  • Service

Effie Sapuridis is a Media Studies PhD student in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. She holds a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Her work centers on digital humanities, online fan communities and fan works, particularly fanfiction. More specifically, her work examines fan works emerging from YA media [ie, literature, movies, TV shows, etc]. Currently, she is working on a project which aims to understand the subversive potential of fan communities, centered around fanfiction, within the contemporary socio-political context. Through a mixed-methods approach involving a digital humanities project and critical discourse analysis, she intends to understand the cost of fanfiction's subversion of the source text, as well as why it comes at a cost. The overwhelming focus of scholars on the democratizing, intersectional qualities of fanfiction has left a gap in the scholarship as it has somewhat ignored the limits of this potential. This project seeks to redress this gap in the scholarship. 

Her work has been published in Transformative Works and CulturesAdditionally, she is the founder and editor of Fterota Logiaan online young adult literary magazine.

Western University
Teaching Assistant
MIT 1020E: Introduction to Media Studies (F2019, S2020)

University of Massachusetts Boston
Instructor of Record
ENG 273G: The Art of Fiction          (F2016)
ENG 262G: The Art of Literature      (F2015, S2016)

Teaching Assistant
ENG 258 Intro to World Cinema       (S2015)

Other Teaching Experience

2020-2021       Peer Tutor: Huron University Writing Services
2017-present   Freelance Tutor [K-12, College, SAT/ACT Prep]
2017-2019       Academic/College Essay/Test Prep Tutor: JBG Educational Group     

Research Assistantships

2020 What Were Comics? Research Project 

2017-2019 Dr. Chris Marquis (Harvard Kennedy School / Cornell SC Johnson College of Business)

  • Researched and drafted a non-fiction manuscript on B Lab and B Corporations; published in Fall 2020.
  • Researched, drafted, and published a case study for the Harvard Kennedy School.

2015-2016 Dr. Elizabeth Fay (University of Massachusetts Boston)

  • Editorial Assistant to Dr. Fay on the New Urban Atlantic book series, under Palgrave Macmillan.

Editorial Experience

2019-present Reviews Editor (Journal of Fandom Studies)
2017-present Founder & Editor in Chief (Fterota Logia)
2015-present Social Media and Editorial Assistant (AGNI)
2015 Editorial Assistant (Consequence)



Sapuridis, Effie. “Gendered Fairy Tale Heroics: Ginny Weasley in The Source.” Transformative Works and Cultures, vol. 30, 2019, doi:10.3983/twc.2019.1687.


Marquis, Chris and Effie Sapuridis. Danone North America: The World’s Largest B Corporation. Boston: Harvard Kennedy School Case Program, 2019.




Sapuridis, Effie. ""So Much More Romantic!": Anne Shirley, the hyperreal troubadour, and Romantic Victorian Medievalism in Anne of Green Gables." Medievalism Transformed, September 18 2020, University of Bangor, Virtual. Paper Presentation.

Sapuridis, Effie. "Crafting Daphne Greengrass in Fanon: An Analysis of the Creation of a Minor Role Character through Fanfiction." Fan Studies Network North America, 24 October 2019, DuPaul University, Chicago, IN. Poster Session.



Sapuridis, Effie. "My Blood Status is Purer than Yours!: Constructing a (Problematic) Hyperreality within Fanfiction and Fandom Communities" Canadian Communication Association, June 2-5 2020. **conference canceled due to COVID-19

Sapuridis, Effie. ""So Much More Romantic!": Anne Shirley, the hyperreal troubadour, and Romantic Victorian Medievalism in Anne of Green Gables." Canadian Society of Medievalists, June 1-3 2020. **conference canceled due to COVID-19

Sapuridis, Effie. "Pureblood for a Day: Fetishization of Wealth and the Subversion of Heteronormative Romance Tropes in Harry Potter Fanfiction." Popular Culture Association of Canada, May 7-9 2020**conference canceled due to COVID-19


Speaker -- Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)
Organizing Committee -- FIMS Peer Mentor Program

Union Steward -- PSAC 610


YASA -- Young Adult Studies Association
SCMS - Society for Cinema and Media Studies