Neta Kligler-Vilenchik is a Doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC. She works with Professor Henry Jenkins on the Media, Activism, Participatory Politics (MAPP) project, as part of the Youth & Participatory Politics (YPP) Network, where she is investigating how youth's involvement in participatory cultures and new media promotes their civic and political engagement. Her work entails an ethnographic study of several case studies of fandom groups, active both online and off, that involve young people in social and political activism. Neta is currently working on her Doctoral thesis, which examines these case studies as “alternative citizenship models” and considers their broader potential for youth civic engagement. She holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Haifa, Israel.