I’m a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at Rutgers University.

My research is situated in the fields of media, culture, gender, and affect studies, currently focused on the cultural figure of the sad girl. Present in the work of pop cultural artists and among young users on sites like Tumblr, this figure embraces depression as a constant rather than exceptional state of being. I question the perspective that sees an adoption of sadness as harmful, and instead explore if the sad girl can represent a radical mode of refusal to joyful affects. Beyond a contemporary context I connect the sad girl to the history of gender and mental illness, in particular the “madwoman” as she has circulated in the Western cultural imaginary since the early nineteenth century.

In 2013, I graduated from the MA program in Media, Culture, Communication at New York University, which culminated in the MA thesis “Tumblr Feminism – Third-Wave Subjectivities in Practice,” written under the advisement of professor Laura Portwood-Stacer.

I was born and raised in Lund, Sweden, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Gender Studies from Lund University, including a year at University of California Los Angeles to fulfill requirements for a Sociology minor.

I have previously worked for the Feminist Press and Ms. Magazine. An archive of my writing can be found at the Ms. Magazine blog.

Reach me at: fredrika.thelandersson@gmail.com

Academia.edu profile

CV here