I am an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. After completing my B.A. and M.A. at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in 2008 and 2010, respectively, I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Studies (Media Studies) at the University of Iowa in 2015.
Using an integrated approach to media studies, I research the relationships between television texts, society, technology, communication policy, and media industries. I’m currently finishing a book, titled Watching Our Weights: The Contradictions of Televising Fatness in the “Obesity Epidemic” (Rutgers University Press, 2019) and my work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Popular Communication, Television and New Media, and Flow.
After a teaching resource I made went viral in the Fall of 2016, I began working on OpenSources (now inactive) and analyzing fake news and otherwise misleading “news” sources while co-editing a collection of essays entitled Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age (MIT Press). If you’re curious to know what it’s like to engage in somehow “controversial” analysis of “news,” you can read some of my hate mail here (warning: the content is violent, sexist, etc.)