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 their effect on society in three core areas:  race and racism; protest and social movements; and health inequalities.  I research both traditional news media representation issues and social media representation issues. In terms of media effects, I focus primarily on public opinion through survey research and in-depth interviews as well as social media engagement. 


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 have been named the 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 believe in masking.  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. I also recently discovered I might want to be a dog photographer and make the pictures into greeting cards so throw that in there somewhere too.