Welcome! I am an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology & Criminology Department at Butler University, where I am teaching courses on deviance and social control, social theory, media, and culture. Prior to joining the Butler faculty in fall 2021, I was Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at St. Lawrence University.
I am excited about my newest book, Hacking Hybrid Media: Power and Practice in an Age of Manipulation, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in the Oxford Studies in Digital Politics series. From the structures of social media platforms and journalism organizations to the practices of political actors, the book brings the study of propaganda and media manipulation in conversation with literatures on media power and practice. By analyzing events like the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the White House's first "social media summit," and the media frenzy following CNN reporter Jim Acosta's alleged assault of an intern, Hacking Hybrid Media shows how members of Donald Trump's "digital army" use Facebook groups, Reddit forums, Twitter hashtags, YouTube channels, mass media, and more to shape the flow of disinformation in American media.
My first book, Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), won the 2020 CITAMS Book Award. Citizens at the Gates examines changes in the field of journalism due to the convergence of professionals, citizens, and activists on Twitter. I am also co-author of All Media Are Social: Sociological Perspectives on Mass Media (Routledge, 2020), which offers a reader-friendly introduction to media sociology. My work has also appeared in publications such as New Media & Society, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Studies in Media and Communications, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. and Hybrid Pedagogy.
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. You can learn more about my research here.