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Alice Marwick studies social media from a variety of critical perspectives, including the political economy of new media, online identity, and feminist media theory. Her dissertation, "Becoming Elite: Status in Social Media Communities," takes an anthropological approach to examining the creation and maintenance of status hierarchies within social media through ethnographic examination of workers in the Web 2.0 startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is interested in how social media technologies contribute to status inequalities, particularly around gender, educational level, and class. Alice, who plans to complete her PhD in 2010, holds an MA in Communication from the University of Washington (Thesis: "Selling Yourself: Identity in an Age of a Commercialized Internet") and a BA in Women's Studies and Political Science from Wellesley College. Alice grew up in suburban New York but spent eight years in Seattle working in the dot.com boom and bust. She divides her time between San Francisco and Manhattan and enjoys karaoke, thrift stores, and feminist blogs. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org