I'm an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. My published work examines how social media influences engagement with the news, political participation, and public opinion formation.
My research interests include political persuasion, media affordances and cognition, audience fragmentation, global populism, and attitudes about climate change. Much of this work is situated within the social-scientific paradigm. My expertise is in international surveys, automated content analysis, and social media datasets. I am also a research affiliate at the University of Alabama, University of Michigan, and New Mexico State University.
I teach undergraduate courses in media history and emerging professional practices, like data visualization and streaming media. In the graduate school, I teach research methods and theory. My teaching is informed by the idea that education should develop citizenship through media literacy. It would also be nice if some students felt better prepared for jobs in the media industry.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. I worked as a research assistant for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the School of Journalism at UT Austin and finished my PhD in Journalism and Communication Sciences at the University of Vienna. Before life in academia, I worked as a mechanic specializing in Mercedes-Benz. My family runs the shop in Reno.