Education and Employment History


Ph.D., Communication (August 2021)
Michigan State University

  • Cognates/Specializations: Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science, Certificate in College Teaching
  • Dissertation title: Social norm cues and the narrative enjoyment and appreciation rationale (NEAR)
  • Advisor: Allison Eden
  • Dissertation Committee & Research Advisors: Ron Tamborini, Nancy Rhodes, David Ewoldsen, Maria Lapinksi

M.A. Communication (July 2015)
University of Dayton

  • Focus: media psychology and effects
  • Advisor: Dr. Teri Thompson

B.A. Communication (May 2013)
University of Dayton

  • Focus: Electronic Media


Assistant Professor – Sam Houston State University (2021-present)

Department of General Business and Finance

  • Research focus: entertainment, social influence

EY Communication Consultant – Michigan State University (2020-2021)

Eli Broad College of Business

  • Duties include: professional communication consultation, grading, accreditation assessment, document and rubric development

Graduate Research Assistant – Michigan State University (2020-2021)

Department of Journalism

  • Research supervisor: Dr. Esther Thorson

Graduate Research Assistant – Michigan State University (2016-2020, 2021)

Department of Communication

Adjunct Professor – University of Dayton (2015-16)

Department of Communication

Adjunct Professor – Clark State Community College (2015-16)

Communication Studies Department