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Ph.D., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Rhode Island; B.A., Roger Williams University
I joined the English Department at Emmanuel College as an Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Media and Communication. I received a BA in Communications from Roger Williams University, an MA in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University.
My areas of teaching and research specialization include media literacy, media representations & effects, new/social media, body image and objectification, gender, stigmatized men's health issues, social norms, and strategic communication and health campaigns.
Some of my personal interests and hobbies include photography, traveling, and cooking. I also have a love of outdoor adventures, from hiking and climbing, to biking and paddling. My wife and I recently welcomed our first child, and we are excited to bring her on our future adventures.
I love the energy that students bring into the classroom. It is clear that Emmanuel students are eager to learn and possess a contagious level of intellectual curiosity. I consistently find myself leaving the classroom feeling inspired.
I have primarily focused on two complementary areas of health communication research: media content and its potential influence on health attitudes and behavior; and strategic communication to impact health outcomes. In researching these areas, I have explored women's and men's body image and objectification, risky health behaviors such as drinking and smoking, social norms, and stigmatized men's health issues. I have investigated these topics in a variety of media contexts, including television, magazines, music lyrics, and social media.
This research has also led me to explore strategic communication messages and health campaign efficacy. I have designed and implemented multiple strategic health campaigns on the topics of media literacy, body image, eating disorders and high risk drinking. These campaigns have allowed me, with great pleasure, to collaborate with colleagues in student affairs and a nonprofit organization focusing on mental health and disordered eating behavior.
My most recent research focuses on body image and disordered eating behavior in social media contexts.