ABOUT ME

I live and work in Tacoma, Washington in the beautiful U.S. Northwest with my husband and two dogs. The courses that I teach and those that I have created directly reflect who I am as a scholar. My most recently created classes focus on the environment in relation to journalism (TCOM 310) and how environmental issues, inequality, and popular culture intersect (TCOM 312). My publications (see "Research") reflect this focus in my book "Green Machine," journal articles, and numerous conference presentations. For more information see my faculty profile at UW Tacoma

Leia, the most amazing dog in the world, at Snow Lake, WA

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Environmental Communication

How journalism and pop culture represent environmental issues

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Institution for Communication Research

PhD, Media, Politics and Religion

Environmental Justice in the Media

How representations of people of color intersect with portrayals of environmental problems in the news and Hollywood film. 

Portrayals of Race in Pop Culture and the News

Including Hunger Games and the Penn State scandal 

Media Literacy and Social Issues

How can educators use the media to teach students about pressing issues involving technology and media?? 

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

MA, Forensic Anthropology

University of California at Berkeley

BA, Anthropology

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