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Effie Sapuridis

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Effie [she/her]

I am a Media Studies PhD student 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.

My work centers on digital humanities, online fan communities and fan works, young adult media, and feminist media studies. More specifically, my work examines fan works emerging from YA media [ie, literature, movies, TV shows, etc], as well as how fans engage with these works across a variety of media platforms.

In Progress Projects

Currently, I am working on: an examination of 'self-insert fanvids' by fans of color on TikTok, an analysis of problematic engagement with racist ideologies in the Harry Potter fandom, and a roundtable discussion on the use of the digital humanities in fan studies. I am also working on expanding previous conference presentations into papers for publication. 

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.

Western University
Teaching Assistant

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

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.



Sapuridis, Effie. 2021. "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.


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. "My Blood Status is Purer than Yours!: (Problematic) Hyperreality within Fanfiction and Fandom Communities." Canadian Communications Association at CONGRESS 2021, June 2021, Virtual. Paper Presentation.

Sapuridis, Effie. "If I Went to Hogwarts…: Tiktok, Self-Insert Fanvids, and Fandom’s Face-to-Face with Fan Visibility." Popular Culture Association, June 2021, Virtual. Paper Presentation.

Sapuridis, Effie. "Pureblood for a Day: Fetishization of Wealth and the Subversion of Heteronormative Romance Tropes in Harry Potter Fanfiction." Fan Studies Network North America, October 2020, Virtual. Poster Session.

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.


2020-2022       Graduate Student Senator (Senate)
2019-2021       Union Steward (PSAC 610)              

Society of Graduate Students

2020-2021       Speaker

Faculty of Information & Media Studies

2020-2022       FIMS Peer Mentor Program Committee
2020-2021       Media Studies Programming Committee
2020-2021       mediations Graduate Lecture Series Committee 


2020-2021       Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Working Group (Huron Writing Services)
2018-present   Social Media Staffer, Fanlore.Org



CCA -- Canadian Communication Association
YASA -- Young Adult Studies Association
SCMS -- Society for Cinema and Media Studies
PCA -- Popular Culture Association


CCA -- Canadian Communication Association
SCMS -- Society for Cinema and Media Studies
PCA -- Popular Culture Association

Editorial Experience

2021-present   Symposium 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


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