Neta Kligler-Vilenchik is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. She holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Haifa, Israel, and a B.A. in Communication and Political Science from Tel Aviv University, Israel (both Summa Cum Laude). Neta is a researcher in the MacArthur Foundation’s 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. Neta is currently in the writing stages of her Doctoral thesis, which examines case studies of socially-active fan groups as “alternative citizenship models” and considers their broader potential for youth civic engagement. Neta has authored two white papers for the MacArthur Foundation, two book chapters, and articles that have been published in the European Journal of Communication, in Memory Studies, and in the Journal of Transformative Works & Cultures. Neta is currently working on a book, co-authored with Henry Jenkins and other researchers, on ways that young people become civically and politically engaged through their participation in cultural and interest-based groups online.