Introduction

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) how new information technologies are altering the construction of news products; (2) how to leverage digital research methods to improve mass communication research; and (3) how public and international affairs are mediated. 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. For my dissertation work, I am exploring the emerging role of audience metrics in the presentation of news content across platforms. My research has been published or is forthcoming in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Science Communication, the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Digital Journalism.

I was recently the Instructor of Record for an upper-level course at the University of Minnesota titled “Information for Mass Communication.” 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.

In addition to my research, I am particularly 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.

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