Ph.D., Communication Studies (Media Studies), University of Iowa, 2015.

M.A., Media Studies, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, 2010.

B.A., Political Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008.

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media, Merrimack College, 2015-present

Ballard and Seashore Fellow, University of Iowa, 2014-2015.

Teaching Assistant & Instructor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa, 2010-2014.

Teaching Assistant, Department of Journalism and Media Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008 to 2010.


Watching Our Weights: The Consequences and Contradictions of Televising Fatness in     the “Obesity Epidemic,” Rutgers University Press, Forthcoming

Fake News: Mis/Disinformation in the Digital Age, co-edited with Kembrew McLeod, under review at MIT Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Having it Both Ways: Two and a Half Men, Entourage, and the Televising of Juvenile Postfeminist Masculinity,” Feminist Media Studies, April 4, 2017 (online first).

“Information Infidelity: What Happens When the ‘Real’ News Becomes ‘Fake’ News, Too?” Flow 23 Special Issue: Media, Activism, and Politics in/for the Age of Trump, December 19, 2016.

“Inactive Duty: Weight-Loss Television, Military Fatness, and Disciplinary Discrepancy,” Television and New Media 18, no. 3 (2017): 218-234.

“Fat Acceptance TV?: Rethinking Reality Television with TLC’s Big Sexy and the Carnivalesque,” Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture 13, no. 3 (2015): 232-246.

Book  Chapters

“TLC: Food, Fatness, and Spectacular Relatability.”  In The New Television Industries: A Guide to Changing Channels, edited by Derek Johnson. New York: Routledge, Forthcoming.

 Other Publications

“Fighting Fake,” Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Education), January 20, 2017.

“My ‘Fake News List’ Went Viral. But Made-Up Stories are Only Part of the Problem,” The Washington Post, November 18, 2016.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Mass Communication, Television Criticism, Politics of Popular Culture, Radio Production, Media Industries and Organizations, Feminist Media Studies, New Media, and Global Media.

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