Ph.D. in Mass Communications, The Pennsylvania State University;
M.A. in Communication, Suffolk University;
B.S. in Communication, Illinois State University
I joined Emmanuel College's English department in 2020 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies. I earned my B.S. in Communication from Illinois State University, an M.A. in Communication from Suffolk University, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Penn State.
My research expertise is on geek culture and fan communities, with a focus on the global video game industry and gaming culture. Specifically, I am interested in how gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability influence the video game industry and player communities. I also study the comic book industry and comics fandom. I currently serve as the Chair of the Game Studies Division for the National Communication Association and as a founding board member for the Esports Research Network.
What I Love About Emmanuel:
I love the enthusiasm of Emmanuel students. They are bright, eager to learn, and excited to engage in conversations with their peers. They bring such great energy to the classroom, which really motivates me as a teacher.