My Background

I am the John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. My research projects have focused principally on injustices in media, and that includes subjects related to protest and social movements representation, health communication disparities,  public opinion of racism, and interventions of racist media effects. I have published enough on these topics to feel comfortable as a public scholar, where I  hope that my research can serve both practical and theoretical purposes to advance knowledge in society.


Prior to pursuing my research career, I worked as a photographer, designer, and writer. A trained journalist, I later worked in non-profit health and education public relations positions, where I was responsible for print and web publication creation, marketing & recruitment, design, writing, photography, and social media management. 


I received my doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2017. I also received my Bachelor's degree in Journalism & Public Relations in December 2008 from Baylor University and my master's degree in Journalism, New Media & Public Relations in August 2013 from Baylor University.  I am the official director of chaos for two extraordinary children and am the "okayest" dog mom hyper-terrier turned old man. During the pandemic, I have learned no languages, acquired no new hobbies, and gotten dressed occasionally. I proudly boast my "so far, so good" survival badge, and still wear a mask in grocery stores. I plan to retire as soon as I learn to bake something that consistently tastes good,  and open a bakery/tequila flight shop on the beach somewhere in the Caribbean.