Liana is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC. She also facilitates the Civic Paths graduate research group and the Civics and Social Media research cluster at Annenberg. Her fields of interest include popular culture, identity and authenticity, and gender and feminism. Her recent research has been focused on how youth engagement in participatory cultures, online networks, and new media leads to civic engagement. Liana earned her PhD in Sociology and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. There, her research focused on teenage girls’ social and affective uses of popular music and the transgressive nature of fandom. She has also taught courses on popular music and cultural politics, community and social justice, the sociology of emotions, and new media and technology.