I am pursuing my Ph.D. in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. I teach classes on digital media, web design, social media, and writing in journalism and public relations. My research focuses on the impact of digital media in political communication, for both candidates and potential voters. I am prepared to develop and teach courses in social media and analytics, web design and coding, data reporting and data visualizations, storytelling and writing for digital platforms, and computational and analytical quantitative methods.
San Marcos, TX
I teach Web Design, Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, and Writing for Public Relations at the fourth largest university in the state of Texas. The digital media classes focus on broad concepts of social media, digital branding and issues, as well as HTML, Bootstrap, Wordpress, and other platforms. The PR course is a senior-level writing class for public relations majors which focuses on real-world writing and PR applications.
San Marcos, TX
While getting my Master’s, I taught undergraduates in courses on media writing, public relations writing and research, web design, and digital media.
My research focuses mainly on political communication with an emphasis on digital and social media. Specifically, I have looked at how campaigns use social media and other digital elements to interact with voters. I have also studied how social media impacts voters, including an experimental design that provided a call to action on Snapchat. I have also conducted analyses on comment sections of political stories, with a multi-pronged approach at what comment sections produce. My research also focuses on journalistic coverage of politicians, with an emphasis on the symbolic annihilation of women in politics. I also dabble in satirical news research, looking at how satirical programs, like late night comedy, hold young people's attention compared to traditional news.
Methodologically, I often focus on experimental designs utilizing platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics, as well as face-to-face experiments in a controlled setting. I have also conducted research using computational analyisis, both in terms of networks and nodes as well as large-scale language examinations.
Media Writing Course Committee, Texas State University
Treasurer, Journalism Graduate Student Council, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
Communication Director, Information Technology and Politics, APSA
Executive Committee Member, Information Technology and Politics, APSA
Paramount Theatre sustaining Chorus member
Grad Club Social Media Manager, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University
Austin Film Festival member
Austin Film Society member
San Marcos, Texas
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Managed all social media platforms for the County Line BBQ restaurant. Compiled monthly analytics reports. Oversaw 400% increase in followers.
Conducted extensive research in candidates’ FEC reports to find questionable donors to their campaigns.
Coordinated all departments on Take Me Home Tonight for product placement and clearance requests through the Universal Studios legal department. Managed and coordinated Los Angeles office for entire production.
Provided script notes for continuity on Killshot. Coordinated walkie talkie distribution on set.
Managed 14 counties in southeast Missouri for the Democratic Coordinated Committee for the general election. Coordinated and directed “Get Out The Vote” program for six offices in targeted counties, over 30 phone banks, and several hundred volunteers.
When I'm not studying or teaching, you can find me with my nose buried in a comic book or watching movies and television. I love stand-up comedy, good food, and as much Dungeons and Dragons as I can get my hands on.
I'm well known for my active social media presence, with Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune, calling me "Twitter's Jordon Brown," and Trei Brundrett, COO of Vox Media, calling me "A good follow on Twitter." I routinely engage with my personal branding of political snark, pop-culture opinions, and general nerdery of comics and Tolkien and Marvel movies. If it's something nerds love, I'm probably into it!