I received 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 intersection of social media, minorities and gender as well as the democratic potential of social media and international comparative work. I have published articles in the International Journal of Communication; Media, Culture & Society; the Journal of Communication Inquiry and Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism as well as several book chapters. I participated in research teams with grants from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
My teaching experience includes feminist media theory; interviewing as a research method; journalism and new media; news reporting; 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.