Area of Study
My research focuses on the rhetoric of sport, particularly as sport plays a role in shaping gender and sexuality norms within culture. My dissertation was entitled, "Throwing Like a Girl!: Constituting Citizenship for Women and Girls Through the American Pastime," which won the 2013 Cheris Kramarae Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.
I also serve as the Director of Integrative Learning in the Office of the Vice Provost for Education where I oversee projects like the University Lecture Series, weekend micro-courses, and summer internships. As a part of my role, I am engaged in research aimed at understanding how students engage in global learning and develop cultural competency through such interactions as educational role-playing and virtual reality.
In addition to teaching Non-Profit Message Creation, I am teaching a Grand Challenge course with Sebastien Dubreil, 66-131: Culture, Sports, Conflict in/and VR.
Areas of Study
Rhetoric of sport, gender, and citizenship; non-profit communication; global learning and cultural competency
Ph.D., Indiana University, Department of Communication and Culture
M.A., Texas State University - San Marcos, Department of Communication Studies
B.A., Texas State University - San Marcos, Department of Communication Studies
Selected Publications / Presentations
“Playing Here Doesn’t Pay My Bills: A Comparative International Conversation of Pay Equity as a Discursive Practice,” with Katherine L. Lavelle and Beth Fielding-Lloyd, Social Justice and the Modern Athlete: Exploring the Role of Athlete Activism in Social Change. (accepted book chapter)
“Scaling Down to Size Up: Weekend Micro-Courses and Global Learning,” Presenting with Veronica M. Dristas at AAC&U’s 2021 Virtual Conference on Global Learning, Global Learning Reimagined, October 2021.
“Diverging Approaches to Equal Pay: A Comparative International Conversation of Women’s Advocacy in Sport,” Panel Discussion with Beth Fielding-Lloyd and Katherine L. Lavelle at the 2021 International Association for Communication and Sport Annual Summit, Virtual, March 2021.
“Bridging Institutional Goals for Global Learning with Micro-Courses,” Presented with Veronica M. Dristas at AAC&U’s 2020 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., January, 2020.
“No Girls Allowed! Documenting Female Reporters as Threats in Let Them Wear Towels,” Reprinted in Sporting Realities: Critical Readings of the Sports Documentary, edited by Samantha N. Sheppard and Travis Vogan (University of Nebraska Press, 2020).
“No Girls Allowed! Documenting Female Reporters as Threats in Let Them Wear Towels,” Journal of Sports Media, 10 (2015): 17-29.
“The Female Ballplayer as Feminine Tomboy and Citizen: A Progressive Concordance in American Culture,” in Sport and Identity: New Agendas in Communication, edited by Barry Brummett and Andrew Ishak (Routledge, 2014).“Rosie the Right Fielder: Citizen of the Community, Not Just a Temporary Patriot,” Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 17 (2014): 937-952.