In 2016 as a Duke University Continuing Studies graduate student I embarked on a research project on #GeekGirls that charted the transformative history and varied uses of the hashtag across social platforms from 2009 to present day. Duke Story Lab awarded me a graduate fellowship for my work in fandom and supported my travel to continue the research project. My #GeekGirls project eventually led me to Seattle for GeekGirlCon 2017, where I participated as a fan, spread the word about the community-based project, and was asked (on site!) to join a panel about Geek Mythology and talk about West African trickster figure, Eshu. I’m always ready to share what I’ve learned!

In February of 2018, Duke Story Lab and the Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) invited me to give a talk about my project. An excerpt from the FHI invitation and photos from the event below:

“Tracy talk will draw on her background in communication studies, new media, and performance studies as she examines the #geekgirls hashtag as a digital anthropologist, considering selfies as rituals and hashtag campaigns as artifacts of this new, digital identity group.”