I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media at the University of Alabama and, in the summer of 2018, a senior research fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna. I specialize in emerging 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 looks at how emerging communication practices promote (or discourage) public conversations about controversial political topics. These topics have become increasingly important as the United States faces renewed societal pressures via populist movements on both ends of the political spectrum, and they are also important for the post-“Brexit” European Union and young democracies in Latin America.
In the classroom, I’m dedicated to helping journalism students explore the ever-expanding range of current media practices and fostering an understanding of the impact of those practices on audiences and societies. I’ve taught three courses on data visualization in the last two years, and in the Fall of 2018, I’m teaching a graduate seminar in political communication that will draw heavily from my Ph.D. training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.