Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., Communication and Culture, Indiana University, 2011
  • M.A., Communication Studies, University of North Texas, 2004
  • B.A., Speech Communication, Baylor University, 2001

Research & Scholarship

Recent Competitive/Peer-Reviewed Paper Presentations

  • “Toward a theory of transactional charity.” Health Humanities: The Next Decade (Pedagogies, Practices, Politics), Denver, CO, 2015
  • “Theorizing a logic of sociability. National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL, 2014.
  • Labor Day Telethon from 2008 to 2012,” Western States Communication Association, Anaheim, CA, 2014.
  • “Help us please!”: Democratic friendship and visual rhetoric in nonprofit direct mail solicitations.” Western States Communication Association, Reno, NV, 2013. (Top Paper in Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group)
  • “Philanthropic visuality and visual citizenship in the nonprofit sector after Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL, 2007.
  • “Rhetorical perspectives of the third sector.” Presented at IU/UI Grad Colloquia, Bloomington, IN, 2007.
  • “A triumph for terrorists? Legal frames, minority party rhetoric, and cathartic action after the Madrid bombings.” Presented at National Communication Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2006. (Top Student Section Paper in Political and Protest Rhetoric)
  • “Confessing, performing gender, and ‘Starting Over’ on daytime television.” Presented at National Communication Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2005. (Top Student Section Paper in Gender Studies)


Awards & Recognition

Awards and Recognition

Interviewed on Denver 9News Morning Show, “Effectiveness of Political Campaign Ads,” October 8, 2014

Invited Presenter on “New media: Its effect on society in the new millennia.” University of Colorado, Denver, 2014

Colorado Campus Contact Engaged Faculty Institute Attendee, Regis University, 2012

“Teacher of the Year” Nominee, Red Rocks Community College, 2009

Earned Certificate of Nonprofit Fund Development from IU Center on Philanthropy, 2006

Received “Most Outstanding Thesis Award” from faculty, University of North Texas, 2005


“Revisiting secularization,” Book Review, Cultural Studies 23(3), May 2009.