Rachel Cody Pfister

Rachel Cody-Pfister’s work is focused on 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.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in Communication from UCSD (Ph. D. Dissertation: Unraveling Hogwarts: Understanding an Affinity Group through the Lens of Activity Theory).


  • 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.
  • Pfister, R.C. (2014). Hats for House Elves: Connected Learning and Civic Engagement in Hogwarts at Ravelry, DML Hub.

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