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 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 falls into two broad categories, including (1) media and communication repertoires that shape engagement with news and political information; and (2) the links between this engagement and political expression and/or action. Furthermore, I study these topics in comparative contexts and multiple national contexts beyond the United States, including countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. 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.