After working as a communications specialist at Penn State and taking classes part-time, Andersen is becoming a full-time graduate student. Her research broadly focuses on the intersection of media, history, and religion. Under the umbrella of media history, she is interested in how secular and religious popular media inform a person’s view of a religion. She earned her B.A. in English, along with minors in journalism and editing and publishing, from Whitworth University. While at Whitworth, she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper “The Whitworthian,” was a fiction reader for one of the nation’s only undergraduate-run literary magazine “Rock & Sling,” worked in the communications department for the Spokane Public Library, and wrote for the local daily paper “The Spokesman-Review.” Outside of class, Andersen can be found cooking, running, crocheting, watching trashy reality TV, and planning her next travel adventure.
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