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 emerging media 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 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 I’m currently designing an online data journalism course for JCM’s MA program. I’ve also taught both graduate and undergraduate seminars in political communication, and I revamped my department’s course on journalism and social media.