Contact Info

Current Position

  • Doctoral Student, Communication, Texas A&M University
  • Instructor: COMM 203 Public Speaking & COMM 215 Group Communication, Texas A&M University

Education

  • PhD, May 2019 (expected)
    Texas A&M University, Department of Communication; College Station, Texas
    Telecommunications and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, May 2013
    University of the Incarnate Word, Department of Communication; San Antonio, Texas
    Major Area: Communication Arts-Production & New Media
    Minor Area: Theatre Arts
    Magna cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Arts, December 2005
    University of Wisconsin, Department of History; Madison, Wisconsin
    Major Area: History

Coursework – Texas A&M University, PhD

  • COMM 658 – Seminar in Communication and Culture: Global Propaganda
  • ENGL 604 – Race, Print Culture, Digital Humanities
  • COMM 662 – Survey of Telecommunication and Media Studies
  • COMM 663 – Seminar in Telecommunication and Media Studies: Digital Methods and Culture
  • WGST 680 – Theories of Gender
  • COMM 663 – Seminar in Telecommunication and Media Studies: Organizational Sociology
  • COMM 665 – Communication and Technology
  • COMM 689 – Public Memory
  • COMM 620 – Communication Theory
  • COMM 636 – Survey of Organizational Communication
  • COMM 689 – Global Media and Social Change

Honors & Awards

  • Honorary Guest Coach, Texas A&M Men’s Basketball, Spring 2016
  • Texas A&M University, College of Liberal Arts, Vision 2020 Fellowship, 2014-Present

Conference Presentations

  • “GIFs, Cinnamon Rolls, and Gratuitous Reflexivity: Internet Linguistics in Fan Communities on Tumblr,” presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference, July 29th, 2016, Leicester, UK.
  • “Fandom, A History: Fanfac as Collective Memory,” presented at the Southern States Communication Association Conference, April 8, 2016, Austin, TX. Top Student Paper runner-up, Popular Communication Division.
  • “The Star-Spangled Man: Performative Masculinity and Subtextual Queerness in Marvel Studios’ Captain America Films,” presented at the Communicating Diversity Conference, April 2, 2016, College Station, TX. Top Graduate Paper.
  • “Can’t I Be Strong and Go to Prom? Feminism and Postfeminism in Discourse on Strong Female Characters,” presented at the Diversity Conference organized by Texas A&M University, April 10, 2015, College Station, TX.

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, Undergraduate Course – Communication Technology Skills
    Communication Department, Texas A&M University
    Spring 2016: 1 section
  • Instructor, Undergraduate Course – Public Speaking
    Communication Department, Texas A&M University
    Fall 2015: 2 sections
  • Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate Course – Public Speaking
    Communication Department, Texas A&M University
    Spring 2016: 1 section
    Fall 2014: 2 sections

Service

  • Technology Chair – Communication Graduate Students Association, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University
    September 2015-Present
  • Member, Committee for Climate and Inclusion, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University
    September 2014-Present
  • Aggie Ally for LGBT Community, Texas A&M University
    March 2015-Present

Affiliations

  • Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)

Special Interests

  • Working for mental health awareness issues
  • Feminist discourse in fandom communities
  • Issues of race and gender in media and in media fandom(s)
  • The evolution of the relationship between creators and consumers of entertainment media and how the internet specifically has affected it
  • The language/vernacular of fan communities and how it develops/how it develops differently in different fan communities