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 news audiences and political communication on digital media platforms, and I’m especially interested in how news use and political communication are shaped by technological affordances, cultural norms, and social policies in 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.
More specifically, my research revolves around the three interrelated topics of (1) news exposure and engagement; (2) media trust, credibility, and bias; and (3) social networks, political discussion, and expression. 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.