I am an Associate Professor of communication studies at Utah State University. I earned my PhD from the Department of Communication at the University of Washington where I focused on global political communication.
My interests center around the strategic creation, dissemination, and effects of particularly potent national and international ideas—such as American exceptionalism, transnationalism, anti-Americanism, hard and soft power—that are regularly communicated within and across national and cultural borders. A central component of this research currently focuses on examining the production and impacts of the culturally potent idea of American exceptionalism.
I have received multiple awards for my research, teaching, and for my work with Utah Public Radio. At Utah State I was recipient of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Giraffe Award for innovation and risk taking and the USU President’s Faculty Diversity Award for championing issues of diversity and inclusion.