I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. My research focuses on (1) the reconfiguration of journalism in a changing media environment; (2) the development of digital research methods; and (3) the mediation of public and foreign affairs. From a theoretical perspective, I am interested in the changing nature of news and newswork amid the adoption of new technologies, an influx of technologists into newsrooms, and greater emphasis on data. From a methodological perspective, I am interested in the development of electronic interfaces and algorithms to facilitate and improve scholarly work in a changing research environment, especially with large datasets. As part of my dissertation work, I am examining how the availability of audience analytics is impacting editorial decision-making at a range of news organizations. My research has been published or is forthcoming in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Digital Journalism, and Science Communication.
I was recently the Instructor of Record for a 66-student, upper-level course at the University of Minnesota titled Information for Mass Communication, which focused on locating, gathering, and critically assessing information relevant for mass communication specialists. Additionally, I helped design a new course titled, Digital Games, Sims, and Apps that examines digital games and apps through the lens of communication and interactive storytelling. In the future, I would like to teach courses at the intersection of journalism, data science, and computer science. At the graduate level, I am particularly interested in teaching classes in quantitative and qualitative research methods and innovation in journalism.
In addition to my research, I am very interested in data visualization and natural language processing. I have previously worked at the Minneapolis StarTribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Lastly, I hold a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota as well as an MS in Mass Communication from Florida International University.