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Effie Sapuridis

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Effie [she/her]

I am a Media Studies PhD candidate in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. I hold a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

In brief: My doctoral work is interdisciplinary and employs an intersectional ethics of care feminist framework to trace how marginalized youth of color engage in digital storytelling, on new media platforms, as a form of self-insert fanfiction.

Fuller description: In the past, my work has focused on making visible fanfiction’s failure to subvert traditional ideologies. Building on this, my research traces and evaluates how young people in particular navigate various platforms and modes of storytelling, and whether their own tales recreate past limitations or create new, more egalitarian imaginings that many say they want from the media they consume and with which they interact. Next, it highlights a new form of digital transmedia storytelling, used extensively by young people of color, which has allowed previously-excluded marginalized fans to insert themselves into a media object’s narrative. This project engages an interdisciplinary framework informed by digital humanities, intersectional feminism, ethics of care, and fan and platform studies. 

In Progress Projects

Currently, I am working on: a co-authored article tracing types of 'self-insert' tropes/genres in fanfiction, an examination of 'self-insert fanvids' by fans of color on TikTok, an analysis of problematic engagement with racist ideologies, via tattoos, in the Harry Potter fandom, and a special issue focused on fandoms and platforms. Additionally, I moderate several Discord communities focused on (1) graduate students in fan studies and (2) digital humanities in fan studies. The latter community also hosts a reading/working group.

My work has been published in Transformative Works and CulturesAdditionally, I am the founder and editor of Fterota Logiaan online young adult literary magazine, as well as the Reviews Editor for the Journal of Fandom Studies. I am also the Outreach and Communications Editor for Transformative Works and Cultures and I have managed the Facebook presence of literary magazine, AGNIfor several years. 

Western University
Teaching Assistant (with tutorial section)

MIT 2025B: Research Methods for the Digital Age [winter] (2021-2022)
MIT 1025F: First Year Foundations for MIT [fall] (2021-2022)
MIT 1020E: Intro Media Studies       [year-long]      (2020-2021)
MIT 1020E: Intro to Media Studies   [year-long]      (2019-2020) 

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-present   Graduate Fellow: 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 Experience

2021  Desire in Sight: The Aesthetics of Knowledge Organization 
SSHRC Insight Grant research project 
PI: Dr. Melissa Adler

2019-present Dr. Chris Marquis (now at Cambridge University)
Editing and structuring the narrative of Dr. Marquis' upcoming nonfiction book

2020-present What Were Comics? Research Project
SSHRC-funded research project
PIs: Dr. Benjamin Woo, Dr. Bart Beatty, Dr. Nick Sousanis
Numbered comic book panels; numbered dialogue in comic book panels [200+ media objects]

2020    “The Use of Tags in Social Media: Deixis, Indexicality and the organization of Digital Reality”
A project of The CulturePlex Lab at Western University
Conducted a literature review relevant to the subject

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 September 2020 titled “Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism”.
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.

2015 50th Anniversary Oral History Project (University of Massachusetts Boston)
Compiled and curated an oral history project to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary.


Edited Special Issue Journals

Alberto, Maria, Effie Sapuridis, and Lesley Willard, eds. “Fandom and Platforms.” Special Issue Transformative Works and Cultures, forthcoming in Spring 2024.

Refereed Journal Articles

Sapuridis, Effie and Maria Alberto. “Self-Insert Fanfiction and/as Digital Technology of the Self.” In “The Past, Present and Future of Fan-Fiction,” edited by Bertha Chin, Lincoln Geraghty, Bethan Jones, and Lori Morimoto, special issue, Humanities, forthcoming in Summer 2022.

Sapuridis, Effie. “Gendered Fairy Tale Heroics: Ginny Weasley in The Source.” Transformative Works and Cultures, Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures, 15 Sept. 2019,

Marquis, Chris, and Effie Sapuridis. “Danone North America: The World's Largest B Corporation.” HKS Case Program, Harvard Kennedy School, 26 Apr. 2019,


Sapuridis, Effie. “Wealth and Heteronormative Romance Tropes in Harry Potter Fan Fiction” [multimedia]. In "Fan Studies Pedagogies," edited by Paul Booth and Regina Yung Lee, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 35.


2021 “Digital Methods and Digital Fan Practices.” Moderated by Black, Suzanne and Effie Sapuridis. Fan Studies Network North America, 20-24 October 2021.

2021 “My Blood Status is Purer than Yours!: (Problematic) Hyperreality within Fanfiction and Fandom Communities.” Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2021.

2021 “If I Went to Hogwarts…: Tiktok, Self-Insert Fanvids, and Fandom’s Face-to-Face with Fan Visibility.” Popular Culture Association, June 2021.

2020 "Pureblood for a Day: Fetishization of Wealth and the Subversion of Heteronormative Romance Tropes in Harry Potter Fanfiction." Fan Studies Network North America, 13-17 October 2020.

2020    ""So Much More Romantic!": Anne Shirley, the hyperreal troubadour, and Romantic Victorian Medievalism in Anne of Green Gables." Medievalism Transformed, 18 September 2020.

2019 "Crafting Daphne Greengrass in Fanon: An Analysis of the Creation of a Minor Role Character through Fanfiction." Fan Studies Network North America, 24-26 October 2019.



2022-present Graduate Representative -- Board of Governors
2020-2022 Graduate Representative -- Senate
2021-2022 Student Experience Digital Engagement Advisory Committee
2021                Hiring Committee (under President Alan Shepard) for Associate VP of EDI
2019-2021       Union Steward (PSAC 610)              

Society of Graduate Students

2021-2022 Vice President Student Services
2020-2021       Speaker

Faculty of Information & Media Studies

2020-present   Member of the FIMS Peer Mentor Program
2020-present   Co-Chair of the mediations Graduate Lecture Series Committee
2021-2022       PhD Representative on the FIMS Faculty Council
2020-2021       PhD Representative on the Media Studies Programming Committee


2021-present Co-Founder of the Safe Campus Coalition
2020-present   Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Working Group (Huron Writing Services)
2018-present   Social Media Staffer, Fanlore.Org


CCA -- Canadian Communication Association [2019-present]
YASA -- Young Adult Studies Association [2020-present]
SCMS -- Society for Cinema and Media Studies [2019-present]
PCA -- Popular Culture Association [2019-present]
FSNNA -- Fan Studies North America [2018-present]

Editorial Experience

2021-present   Outreach and Communications Editor (Transformative Works and Cultures)

2019-present   Reviews Editor (Journal of Fandom Studies)

2017-present   Founder & Editor in Chief (Fterota Logia)   

2015-present   Social Media Manager and Editorial Assistant (AGNI)

2015                Editorial Assistant (Consequence)

2010-2013       Editorial Assistant (Shoreline Press)


Additional Skills


Basic Python skills

Basic Latex skills



English (native)
French (fluent)
Greek (fluent)