As an aspiring communications professor, I am constantly on the lookout for the next research project I can take part in. It’s not just to build my CV (although that does account for some motivation); I also love to learn. I first decided to go into journalism because someone told me that when you’re a journalist you’re a life learner. So I tried being a journalist, but soon I realized that many of the stories that I wanted to write weren’t really story ideas; they were research ideas. Once accepted the idea that I missed homework and would rather spend my days researching, I applied for a master’s program in mass communications at Brigham Young University. And I love it. My research interests include social networks, technology and culture, critical theory, computer mediated communication, political communication, qualitative research, intercultural communications, health communication, media effects, quantitative research, and media ecology. (Is that everything?)
Below I will include some of the research I’m involved in.