I believe that understanding how we process and respond to media entertainment can inform our understanding of a host of phenomena, including perceptions of others, moral judgments, and emotional responses. Situated within the intersection of psychology, communication, and media entertainment, my research examines how media entertainment incorporates and exploits psychological processes related to real-world judgments in order to foster enjoyment, as well as the subsequent influence media entertainment reception can have on these processes.
I earned my Ph.D. in Communication, with a specialization in Cognitive Science, from Michigan State University, in 2013. I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where–in addition to conducting social science research–I teach undergraduate courses in media effects and mass communication, and graduate courses in media psychology, mass communication, and research methods. I also advise M.A. and Ph.D. students in communication.