ABD/PhD (expected 2021)- Communication, Washington State University
MA (2011)- Communication Studies, California State University, Chico
BA (2004)- Communication Design-Media Arts, California State University, Chico
Since the beginning of my college career, I have always been interested in how people are able to connect and communication with one another via technology. My initial interest took the form of studying the production of film, television, and radio as an undergraduate. My continued curiosity at how technology creates connections led me to pursue graduate studies focused on Critical Intercultural Communication and New Communication Technologies at California State University, Chico. I continued my research focused on how minority populations use the Internet and social media to find community, create social support, and negotiate identity by pursuing a PhD in Communication from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. I have been teaching a wide range of Communication courses, from Public Speaking to Globalization and Communication since 2010.
Courses frequently taught:
• CMST 101- Introduction to Communication
• CMST 200- Intercultural Communication
• CMST 210- Interpersonal Communication
• CMST 220- Public Speaking
• CMST 230- Small Group Communication
I am currently finishing my dissertation for my PhD. My area of focus examines how the LGBTQ population in rural areas use the Internet and social media for social support, community building, and identity negotiation. I am also interested in the history and evolution of social media. Outside of school, my wife and I love to travel (when it is safe). We have been to all 50 states in the United States and my goal is to eventually make it to all seven continents—even Antarctica! I also enjoy working on my house, binge watching shows, and hanging out with my family, which includes four cats and a bad dog.