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 political communication, news audiences, and media technology, and I study these topics in comparative and multiple national contexts. I’ve also taught and designed courses focused on concepts, methods, and skills in the areas of media and politics, media technology, and journalism.
My research on political communication, news audiences, and media technology examines (1) how media technology shapes exposure to and perception of social and political difference, and (2) the links between these perceptions and political attitudes, opinions, and behavior. Furthermore, my research on these topics focuses on multiple national contexts beyond the United States, including countries in Europe and Latin America. Ultimately, my goal is to improve our understanding of the dynamics of public opinion and political engagement in democratic societies around the world, and in light of the growing assault on democratic institutions and civil liberties worldwide, doing so has rarely been more important than it is now.
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.