I’m an Associate Professor of Media Science in the Department of Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations at Boston University. I hold a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Penn State University and a B.A. High Honors in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan.
My research focuses on the psychological and social effects of mass media with an emphasis on entertainment and new media. I am particularly fascinated by the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral influence of mediated messages and technologies on individuals, and I examine these issues using quantitative methods. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as New Media & Society, Human Communication Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Monographs, Mass Communication & Society, Journal of Media Psychology, Psychology of Popular Media, and Motivation and Emotion, among others. My research has also been featured in more than 50 print and broadcast outlets at the local, national, and international levels.
In addition, I teach several undergraduate and graduate level courses at Boston University that cover topics such as communication theory, media effects, research methods, psychology of new media, and data analysis. Previous institutions where I have taught classes include Penn State University, University of Kentucky, and Xiamen University.
As an avid television fan, I have industry experiences that consist of writing, producing, and editing image promotions for broadcasting companies such as Hearst Argyle, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Viacom.