I'm an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. My research examines how social media shapes engagement with the news, political participation, and public opinion about science issues. My teaching and research interests include political persuasion, media history, comparative media effects, and linking social media data with traditional opinion surveys. 

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in multi-media production and data visualization, political communication, and quantitative research methods.  My teaching is informed by the idea that education can develop critically engaged citizenship through media literacy.

I completed my bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. My graduate studies started at the School of Journalism at UT Austin where I worked as a research assistant for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. I finished my graduate degree in Austria at the University of Vienna. Before life in academia, I worked as a mechanic specializing in Mercedes-Benz cars. My family runs the shop in Reno.