Eden has been a student at UNF since Fall of 2013, where she began a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, later changing majors to
Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Business Administration. Within the
Interdisciplinary Studies program, Eden has focused on multimedia journalism,
nonprofit management, and ethnomusicology – specifically, electronic dance
music culture (EDMC). It is her nearly lifelong passion for EDMC that jump-started
their interest in research, first showcasing a decades-spanning installation of
flyers and ephemera of EDMC in North Florida, which ran for five weeks at the
Thomas G. Carpenter Library in Spring of 2016. Later, Eden presented
undergraduate research at the 2016 Digital Humanities Initiative, FURC 2017,
and SOARS 2017 relating to communication transitions in EDMC over the past
three decades, and how social media has now dominated the communication landscape.
It is Eden’s goal to educate others on the benefits of
research while continuing to research EDMC’s roots in Florida (an under-studied
topic in a region that once boasted some of the richest culture in America). She aspires to formally teach others about the cultures and subcultures grounded
in electronic music and the history of its flourishing presence in America and
around the world.