Welcome to my site! I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Lawrence University. I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where I also spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Mizzou Advantage Media of the Future initiative, conducting research and teaching courses in Journalism, Peace Studies, and Sociology. After that, I spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Media, Film & Journalism Studies Department at the University of Denver.
I am a broadly trained sociologist with emphasis areas of Culture & Identity and Social Control & Deviance. My research and teaching interests are also quite broad, although I have thus far placed a primary research emphasis on media sociology. I have published work in the area of critical pedagogy and I work hard to put these lessons into practice in the classroom. In addition to an interest in all things media, I have specific interest and experience in teaching on theory, culture, identity, symbolic interaction, race and ethnicity, deviance, and qualitative methods.
My dissertation research investigated the role of Twitter in the transformation of American journalism. Recently, I had an article published in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, and I am working on advancing other portions of this research toward publication. (Keep reading to learn more about my research.)