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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. My research looks at the connections between mass media, civic engagement and consumer culture. I focus most closely on environmental and political communication and how they foster forms of sustainable citizenship. Click the research tab to learn more about these overlapping areas.

My teaching covers both conceptual and skills classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. More information about each class, including syllabi and sample assignments, can be accessed from the teaching tab.

I earned my Ph.D. from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. My focus was political communication but I also earned a minor in Marketing from the Business School. I earned my M.A. in journalism from New York University, after which I worked as a newspaper reporter in upstate New York for the Cooperstown Crier and the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin. I have also worked as a public relations professional and consultant to non-profit groups. I earned my B.A. from McGill University where I double-majored in Geography and Latin American-Caribbean Studies.