I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University and Immediate-Past Chair of the Feminist Scholarship Division (FSD) of the International Communication Association (ICA).
I earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and an M.S. from Ohio University after studying Journalism Studies, Communication and Media Studies, and American Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland.
In my research I am interested in the intersections of media, gender, and minorities aas well as the democratic potential of new and social media. I have published articles in New Media & Society; the International Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society; Health Communication; Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, and the Journal of Communication Inquiry as well as several book chapters.
I was co-PI for a grant from the World Health Organization for a systematic review of extant literature on media use in public health crisis. My work focused on research on the use of social media during global public health crisis, including for/with vulnerable populations.
I was co-PI for a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to synthesise studies on the civic and political participation for women in developing countries.
My teaching experience includes feminist media theory; interviewing as a research method; qualitative research methods; journalism and new media; introduction to news reporting; introduction to broadcast news reporting, writing and editing; media literacy; journalism and media history.
I initiated and co-founded the #WikidGRRLS project to teach middle and high school girls how to create content on knowledge sharing sites such as Wikipedia. WikidGRRLS was awarded a several grants from the Future of Information at the University of Maryland, the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts at Wayne State University and Wayne State University.