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Ksenia Firsova

Graduate Student, PhD Program
Science fiction, representation of the Other, cyborg theory, transformative media fandom, gender and technology, speculative fiction as an activist tool, anarchx-feminism
Education and Training: 
B.A. San Francisco State University
Ksenia is interested in the representation of womanhood in futuristic settings, the ways global capitalism and technological advancements affect the disenfranchised, and science fiction as a tool to create blueprints of future worlds. A former political activist, she immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee, where she graduated from San Francisco State University with B.A. in Cinema, receiving Achievement Awards for Special Recognition as Department Honoree and Academic Excellence. Her short films screened at multiple festivals and won several awards; her feature screenplay Terra Incognita was nominated for the Sloan Student Discovery Award. She is currently a Ph.D. student at UC Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow.