I received my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Missouri in Columbia. After that, I spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Mizzou Advantage Media of the Future initiative where I conducted research and taught courses in Journalism, Peace Studies, and Sociology. As of fall 2013, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow/Lecturer 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. Currently, I am working on advancing portions of this research toward publication. (Keep reading to learn more about my research.)