The image of the teenage girl was central to 1990s pop culture (think “Clueless,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “10 Things I Hate About You”). And in turn — between “Full House” and “Boy Meets World” reruns — teenage girls played an active part in constructing the feminist and cultural narratives of the era, argues Rachel Miller, a PhD candidate in the Department of English and recent recipient of Ohio State's Presidential Fellowship. Miller’s dissertation “The Girls’ Room: Bedroom Culture and the Ephemeral Archive in the 1990s,” focuses on the specific space of girls’ bedrooms, which she notes were often used to archive cultural material and as “a platform for media production.” Her research involves tracking down old comics and zines (self-published magazines), which she considers alongside depictions of girlhood in 90s film, art and literature.

English PhD student researches teenage girls and 90s pop culture