I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland. My research focuses on public opinion, political entertainment and comedy, elections and political engagement, and new media. I teach courses on communication theory, political communication, popular culture, political entertainment, the Internet and emerging media, and science communication.
Networks And Politics
Religion & Politics
Civic Engagement (youth)
My scholarship sits at the intersection of research on mass media effects and political communication. My specific areas of interest and expertise include public opinion, hybrid media, political entertainment, civic and political engagement, research methods, computational social science, election studies, celebrity politics, science communication, and political tolerance. I am particularly interested in understanding how various forms of hybrid media like political entertainment and comedy are redefining our shared mass media experience. At the same time, I also closely study what factors influence public opinion toward and engagement with controversial or “wedge” political issues, particularly those with scientific and/or moral dimensions like the same-sex marriage debate or stem cell research. I am also currently working with colleagues from the field of computer science to apply techniques from machine learning in order to analyze large quantities of news content and media appearance data. These projects represent a growing interest in mixing computational social science with traditional communication research methods to analyze "bigger" data sets.