Research and Creative Interestsvideo games, emotion, social identity, stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup processes, dynamic systems,
I am a Doctoral Candidate of Mass Communications in The Media School. My research broadly concerns emotion in video games and how social context (namely gender) influences player experiences. For the 2016-2017 academic year I am a Graduate Scholars Fellow and during this time plan to be conducting my dissertation work assessing emotional experiences in video games. I will be joining the faculty of The Ohio State University in the fall of 2017.
My published work appears in the Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Computers in Human Behavior, Communication Monographs, and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. I have shared my research at domestic and international conference events for the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Broadcast Education Association.
I have taught courses on electronic media advertising and gender in media at Indiana University. I served as the 2016 Committee Chair for the ICA Game Studies Division preconference in Tokyo, Japan, am the current Managing Editor for The Information Society journal, and have filled a variety of graduate service roles since joining the department in 2011.
Outside of scholarly pursuits, I enjoy backpacking, cooking, travel, and playing video games. I'm also a percussionist, graphic designer, and Lakota cultural speaker when I have a chance to wear other hats.