Alex Sterne is a PhD student in English. She received her BA in English from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and her MA in English from The Ohio State University. Her areas of interest include film and TV studies, feminist media studies and pop culture. Her research tends to focus on media in which women portray fictionalized, alternate and/or illustrated versions of themselves as well as personal accounts of girlhood, trauma, identity exploration and mental illness. She is also interested in how fans interact with/participate in these texts and their paratexts.