I’m a PhD student and graduate teaching associate in the department of communication at the University of Arizona. My academic advisor is Dr. Kory Floyd. I hold a Master of Arts in Communication from Stanford and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. My research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal communication and media effects. Specifically, I explore how smartphones, for better or worse, influence our relationships.
While attending A&M, I worked as a copy editor/page designer at the Texarkana Gazette, first as an intern and later as a full-time employee. I also served as a monthly feature columnist and a semimonthly sports columnist. By the time I left my position with the paper, my sports columns appeared on the editorial page. I placed third in on-site headline writing at the 2010 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.
At Stanford, I reported for the Peninsula Press, a project of the Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism. I also served as a copy editor, headline writer and occasional reporter for a startup called The Dish Daily (now part of The Stanford Daily), a student-run online publication covering tech and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. The summer after graduation, I held an editorial intern position at the Palo Alto Weekly.