Category Archives: Research

My research investigates the relationship between media and psychological development and identity. I earned undergraduate degrees in Brain and Cognitive Science and Comparative Media Studies from MIT, with an emphasis on psychological development, television, and new media, and a Masters from USC’s School for Cinematic Arts in Critical Studies with a focus on youth culture and identity development. I have also worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and research groups at the MIT Media Lab, MIT Face & Object Recognition Lab, USC Keck Medical School, and USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Drawing on theories from psychology and communication, my dissertation (Abstract) focuses on the perception of demographic group exclusion, or absence of one’s demographic groups (e.g., race, gender) from media, and its effects on viewer identification, message reception, and community-oriented behaviors.

Inspired to learn by my own relationship with media, I focus on real world examples in the classroom to foster media literacy and encourage students to apply coursework to their own lives. My graduate education has prepared me to teach classes in Psychology and Communication, including Research Methods, Statistics, Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relations, Health Communication, Introduction to Media Studies, and Psychology of Interactive Media.

Master Class: Psychology of Fake News

I will be teaching a master class at the Chautauqua Institute on the Psychology of Fake News on Tuesday, August 15. You can sign up here: chq.org/season/take-a-class. Full Description: Fake news is not new. Its current incarnation is the outcome of … Continue reading

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What is Blackness?

Blackness involved an awareness of one’s history, a shared experience, and a comfort in one’s current skin with an idealized hope for the future. Continue reading

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Laughing With vs. Laughing At: Seeing satire through a marginalized lens

The hegemonic dominance of a White, Christian, heterosexual, middle class, male lens, inhibits the audience potential to understand and be impacted by marginalized satire. Continue reading

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16th Annual Conversation on Race and Entertainment Media: Donny Jackson

Check out pictures, tweets, and video at Storify. Clips coming soon! Donny Jackson, executive producer and show runner for CNN’s “United Shades of America with Kamau Bell,” will visit the Newhouse School on MONDAY April 3 for the 16th Annual … Continue reading

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WTF is Real Fake News?: The Mashup of Reality and Satire

We lack a shared reality thereby making it impossible to ridicule the absurdity of reality. Continue reading

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Mary Tyler Moore: The Exemplary Disruption of the Single City Girl now available at flowjournal.org

https://www.flowjournal.org/2017/02/disruption-of-the-single-city-girl-archetype/ This weekend, I met Jay Sandrich, director/producer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Cosby Show, A Different World, SOAP, Benson, Empty Nest, It Takes Two, The Tony Randall Show, Golden Girls, and more. He liked my essay, but thought … Continue reading

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