I’m currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Communication’s Media Innovation Lab at the University of Vienna, and I will be joining the Department of Journalism & Creative Media at the University of Alabama as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.
I specialize in emerging 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 looks at how emergent online communication practices connect individuals with each other and with elite social and political institutions. My goal, ultimately, is to understand how the emerging media environment promotes (or discourages) public conversations about controversial political topics. These topics have become increasingly important as the United States faces renewed societal pressures via populist movements on both ends of the political spectrum, and it is also important for the post-“Brexit” European Union and young democracies in Latin America.
In the classroom, I’m dedicated to helping journalism students explore the ever-expanding range of current media practices to better understand the impact of those practices on audiences and societies. In the 2016-2017 academic year, I’m teaching a course on data visualization that I’ve designed from the ground up, and another course on emerging media and contentious politics that covers recent trends in media innovation and political communication.