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 on subjects such as the media coverage of social justice issues and protests, social media behavioral effects,  social media uses and gratifications, and the intricacies of news media presence in social media networks. I hope that my research can serve both practical and theoretical purposes to advance knowledge in and outside the realm of academic discourse. 


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 to two hyper terriers. 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.