Recently, I completed my PhD in the Media School at Indiana University and am now a Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Communication at Butler University, where I teach courses in the Department of Human Communication and Organizational Leadership.
As an instructor, I work to help students understand the complex ways in which digital communication technologies are changing power relationships in society. By connecting theory with practice, we study how new communication tools afford and constrain human action among different groups in society. We examine the use of digital and mobile media in business, health, political and religious contexts, as well as in daily life, across an array of demographic groups.
In my dissertation I studied the calculated (non-)use of new information communication technologies in Amish communities, Divine Design: Configuring Amish Communication in a High-tech World. This project identifies strategies for preserving cultural autonomy among marginalized groups in the information age.
Recently, I have also published research on Twitter use by protesters and social and mobile media use for public health communication among high-risk groups. Among other outlets, my research has been published in New Media & Society and Media Culture & Society.