I'm an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. My work looks at how social media shapes engagement with the news, political participation, and public opinion about science issues. My teaching and research interests include journalism professional practice, political persuasion, media history, and comparative media effects.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in multi-platform media production, journalism studies, and quantitative research methods. My teaching is informed by the idea that journalism education can develop critical and 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.