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 social scientific research about political communication, news audiences and media technology, and multinational comparative studies, and I’ve taught and designed concepts, methods, and skills courses in the areas of media and politics, media technology, and journalism.
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, 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.