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 Contradictions of Televising Fatness in the “Obesity Epidemic,” Rutgers University Press, Forthcoming February 2019.

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

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, 2018.

(Some) Recent Conference Presentations, Workshops, and Invited Lectures

Conference: “Women’s Magazines and the Potentials and Pitfalls of Selling Resistance,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Toronto, Canada, March 2018.

Workshop: Technologies of Dissent – A Workshop on Protest, Media, and Strategy” American Studies Association, Chicago, Il, November 2017, with Gina Giotta and Sage Crump.

Keynote Lecture: “Fake News: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Defining and Handling Mis/Disinformation,”  Julie J. Boucher Lecture on Intellectual Freedom, Colorado Association of Libraries Conference, Loveland, CO, October 2017.

Workshop: “Fake News: Workshop on Digital Misinformation,” 11th International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), Montreal, Canada, May 15, 2017.

Conference: “Diets Have Failed, Surgery is the Only Option”: Fatness, Medical Authority, and Medicalized Television,” National Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA, paper presented November 2016.

Conference: “Reality Bites: Consuming Food Television”, Flow Conference, Austin, TX, paper presented September 2016.

Conference: “Failures of the Self or Failures of Fitbit?: Gendered Fit/fatness, Tracking Technologies, and Self-Surveilling Post-Feminist Subjects,” Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism, Gary, IN, paper presented June 2016. (Panel Chair)

Conference: “‘It’s Like Crack to Me’: Rethinking Fatness and the Discourse of Personal Responsibility in Food Television,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, paper presented March 2016.

Conference: “Fat Television and Productive Indiscipline,” National Communication Association, Chicago, IL, paper presented November 2014 (Top Paper).

Conference: “Policy Matters: Exploring Opportunities for Media Policy Scholars in Public Debates,” Flow Conference, Austin, TX, paper presented September 2014.


Introduction to Media, Television Criticism, Politics of Popular Culture, Radio Production, Media Industries and Organizations, News and New Media, New Media and Digital Communication, and Global Media.

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