Jessica Pettengill is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism researching narrative and media across psychological, sociological, and communications perspectives, especially in relation to personal narratives, narrative identity, representation, and self-expression. She previously worked as a journalist and editor for ABC10 in her hometown of Sacramento, California, and as a digital media producer in Los Angeles for The Huntington museum and P.S. ARTS, an arts education non-profit. She received her master's degree in Emerging Media Design and Development and her bachelor's degree in Literary Journalism, both from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Her previous research focused on the use of narrative and interactivity in interactive documentaries and on using Design Thinking methods for transmedia storytelling for non-profits.