I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media at The University of Alabama. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, and I completed my Ph.D. training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
I specialize in emerging news media and contentious political communication with an international perspective, and I’ve taught and designed courses on mass communication concepts, media effects, and data visualization.
My research investigates how media and communication technologies relate to political difference. This work falls into two broad categories, including (1) the emerging news use and communication repertoires that shape the perception of political difference; and (2) the links between these perceptions and political expression and/or action. Furthermore, my research on these topics is unique because I study multiple national contexts beyond the United States, including countries in Europe and Latin America. This work is important for understanding the dynamics and implications of the contemporary news and communication practices that characterize modern life in democratic societies around the world.
In the classroom, I’m dedicated to helping students explore the ever-evolving media and communication practices and systems, and I aim to foster an understanding of their impacts on audiences and societies. I’ve taught seminars and conceptual courses in political communication, journalism and social media, and global media systems. I’ve also taught methods courses including research methods and survey methodology, and I’ve taught skills courses in data journalism and news visualization