PhD Communication Studies, University of Michigan (2016)
Graduate Certificate Women's Studies, University of Michigan (2016)
Master's of Social Sciences, University of Colorado Denver (2007)
BA Sociology, Metropolitan State University of Denver (2003)
AA Liberal Arts, Seattle Central Community College (2000)
COM 101: Introduction to Communication (Fall semesters)
COM 108: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Summer Bridge 2017)
COM 150/102: Media Effects (Spring semesters)
COM 201: New Media & Digital Culture (Spring 2018)
COM 245: Gender and Communication (Spring 2017)
COM 275: Fan Cultures (Fall 2017)
COM 350: Youth, Media, & Culture (Fall 2016)
COM 350: Popular Music & Identity (Spring 2017)
COM 350: Audible Culture: Sound in U.S. Media & Society (Fall 2017)
COM 356: Television & American Culture (Fall 2017)
GSS 201: Fundamentals of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Spring 2018)
As an employee at Finlandia University, as a citizen of the United States of America, and as a human being, I support the rights of all individuals who seek freedom, safety, and respect, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, or immigration status. I recognize the persistent threat of violence, both abroad and at home, but I will resist any actions that seek to marginalize, stereotype, or discriminate against any group or individual on the basis of any identity, real or perceived. There will always be threats, but I refuse to be terrorized into intolerance and instead choose strength, openness, knowledge, respect, and love. As a feminist scholar and educator, I believe that exposure to a diversity of experiences and worldviews along with a willingness to question both those in power and the structures of power that shape our lives are essential to maintaining a learning community committed to the advancement of all people. I welcome respectful debate and dialogue with all who seek to uphold these inherent values of our democratic system.
Areas of Interest / Speciality
History of media and technology, gender studies, feminist media studies, popular music studies, American popular culture, audience studies, qualitative methods
In addition to my regular courses, I also oversee independent and directed study courses, internships, and capstone projects.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, I established a relationship with 99.3 FM The Lift, enabling our students to utilize the radio station as an internship site. One of my advisees will be working with the radio station this year both behind the scenes in editing and on-air producing segments related to Finlandia sports.
Communication students have also worked closely with the university's sports information director in a directed study capacity.
I am available to serve on capstone committees, and my areas of interest include media studies, gender and sexuality studies, popular music studies, and qualitative methods.
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
International Communication Association (ICA)
Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
Safe Place Ally (certified 7/27/17)
Not Just “Another Humourless Bitch”: Feminist Fans’ Reception of Mad Men. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 28(2): 164-175. DOI: 10.1080/10304312.2014.888038
“A Young Girl’s Dream: Examining the Barriers Facing Female Electric Guitarists.” IASPM@Journal: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music 1(1). Available online: http://www.iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/article/view/334/557 DOI:10.5429/2079-3871(2010)v1i1.1en
From Tinkerers to Gods: The Electric Guitar and the Social Construction of Gender. University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center Historical Studies Journal. 24:15-28.
Awards & Recognitions
2016 Mark Foote Distinguished Dissertation Award, Dept. of Communication Studies, University of Michigan
“Teevee Jeebies”: Gender, Taste, & Playboy’s Uneasy Relationship with Television as Mass Culture, 1954-1972. Paper presented at International Communication Association Conference. Fukuoka, Japan. June 13, 2016.
“Teevee Jeebies”: Gender, Taste, & Playboy’s Stake in the Critique of Television as Mass Culture, 1954-1972. Paper presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Atlanta, Georgia. April 3, 2016.
“Mood Ebony”: Race, Popular Music, and the Civil Rights Movement in Playboy. Paper presented at 18th Biennial International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Campinas, Brazil. July 1, 2015.
“You Don’t Appreciate True Musical Genius”: Negotiating Gender and Musical Taste on Playboy After Dark. Paper presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Montreal, Canada. March 26, 2015.
Living the High (Fi) Life: Audio Technologies, Masculinity, and Social Mobility in Playboy, 1953-1972. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music US Branch Conference. Louisville, Kentucky. February 20, 2015.
“The Compleat Fidelitarian”: Music, Masculinity, and Social Mobility in Playboy, 1953-1972. Paper presented at EMP Pop Conference sponsored by the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences. Seattle, Washington. April 25, 2014.
From the Upbeat to the Backbeat: Playboy’s Negotiation of Changing Musical Tastes, 1964-1969. Paper presented at 17th Biennial International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Gijon, Spain. June 25, 2013.
Playboy’s Penthouse and Phenomenology: Experience and Liveness in Hef’s TV Party. Paper presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Chicago, Illinois. March 7, 2013.
Turn on, Tune in, Drop in: Negotiating Music and Masculinity in Playboy’s TV Parties. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music US Branch Conference. Austin, Texas. March 1, 2013.
“Still Those Women?”: Hope, Melancholy, and Identity in Feminist Fans’ Reception of Mad Men. Paper presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. March 24, 2012.
Not Just ‘Another Humorless Bitch:’ Feminism and Gender Representation On Mad Men. Paper presented at Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism. University of Southern Australia, Adelaide, Australia. July 23, 2011.
Subverting the Piano Girl: Girls Rock Camps and the Victoriana of Feminine Musical Performance. Paper presented at Reimagining Girlhood Conference. SUNY Cortland, Cortland, New York. October 2010.
From Tinkerers to Gods: The Electric Guitar and the Social Construction of Gender. Paper presented at the 15th Biennial International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Liverpool, England. July 14, 2009.
Chair, Institutional Review Board, 2017-2018
Member, Campus Read Committee, 2017-2018
Member, Campus Enrichment Committee: 2016-2017