I am a doctoral candidate in Communication at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information and an Instructor at Marymount Manhattan College in the Department of Communication and Media Arts. I received my masters degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and received my bachelors degree in Communication Studies from The University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.
I use a variety of research methods to understand the social, personal, and psychological needs of technology users. I have observed 1,000+ digital media users and have contributed my findings to the field in peer-reviewed publications and at regional, national, and international conferences. I have analyzed a range of online platforms during the course of my doctorate, such as Tinder, Hinge, JSwipe, Grindr, Scruff, The League, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn.com, JDate.com, ChristianMingle.com, and OkCupid.com, to name a few. I have taught 10+ classes at the college level. My unique projects have led to increased attention from other universities, where I give invited talks (such as New York University), and from media publications (such as Well & Good), for which I have served as an expert source.
I have always sought to uncover what people do and why, how social norms develop, and user attitudes. I believe that understanding how individuals interact with technology and with each other involves studying their day-to-day lives. My portfolio showcases my research philosophy by demonstrating how a single user behavior is connected to larger issues and interactions.
Over the past 6 years, I had the pleasure of teaching various approaches to communication, journalism, technology, and media. I mentored students closely throughout their research processes, guiding them to develop questions, search for the best resources, select appropriate methods, conduct the research, sift through the data, and effectively communicate their findings. I teach a wide range of topics that transfer outside of the classroom, ranging from how to craft a LinkedIn profile to how to make sense of our current political climate.