About Me


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma. My research interests focus on political communication, gender, social media, and news media.

In terms of tracking news coverage, I have implemented content analyses to analyze how news coverage has differed between male and female candidates, male and female journalists, and the level of political office being sought. Additionally, I explored how local news covered sheriff elections across small, medium, and large counties. I have also employed experiments to examine how news coverage of candidates affects voters’ evaluations.

I have also published a number of studies examining how partisan male and female candidates utilize social media in their campaigns and how these varying strategies affect voters’ evaluations. These studies have covered elements such as political issues, character traits, personalization, and interactivity.

Some of my most recent research has examined male and female employees’ perceptions of sexual harassment in the workplace and ethical leadership. I am also currently working on multiple projects examining political candidates’ discourse around climate change and how their selected frames affect candidate evaluations, as well as climate change attitudes and intended behaviors.

I am happy to talk with the press about any of my research.

I earned my M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) at the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. My dissertation was entitled, “A Woman’s Place: Gender Politics and Twitter in the 2012 Elections,” and my thesis was entitled, “Is She ‘Man Enough’?: News Coverage of Female and Male Candidates in U.S. Elections.” Prior to graduate school, I earned a B.S. (2004) from the University of Texas at Austin in Communication Studies, sequence: Political Communication, and a concentration in Technology, Literacy, and Culture.

Between degrees I worked in marketing, PR, and project management in Austin, TX, for both literary PR companies and technology companies.

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