I am a Doctoral Candidate of Mass Communications at Indiana University. My research broadly concerns emotion in video games and how these virtual environments convey social information that influences emotion, cognition, and behavior. For the 2016-2017 academic year I am a Graduate Scholars Fellow and am using the year to conduct my dissertation work on the initial development of a model of emotion and video games. I am excited to say that I will be joining the faculty in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2017.

My published work appears in the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Computers in Human Behavior, Communication Monographs, and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. I have shared my research at domestic and international conference events for the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Broadcast Education Association.

I have taught courses on electronic media advertising and gender in media at Indiana University. I served as the 2016 Committee Chair for the ICA Game Studies Division preconference in Tokyo, Japan, am the current Managing Editor for The Information Society journal, and have filled a variety of graduate service roles since 2011.

Outside of scholarly pursuits, I enjoy backpacking, travel, and playing video games. I’m also a percussionist, graphic designer, and Lakota cultural speaker when I have a chance to wear other hats.