Biography & CV

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Young Harris College, and I’ll be joining the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University as an Assistant Professor of Journalism (Media Law) in August of 2020. I specialize in communication history, media law and policy, religion and media, surveillance studies, and journalism studies. I recently published my first book, Government Surveillance of Religious Expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States (Routledge, 2018). Related research on mid-twentieth-century FBI surveillance of the Quaker organization, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), appears as a chapter in Making Surveillance States: Transnational Histories (University of Toronto Press, 2019).

I have also published on the historical continuity between the opposition of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) to the 1949 Fairness Doctrine and the contemporary Open Internet principle, net neutrality, as well as on intercultural communication in three thirteenth-century Franciscan friars’ narratives documenting their travels through the Mongol Empire. My most recent article probes Islamophobic discourse in alternative-right media. I teach courses on communication theory, research methods, media history and policy, communication and surveillance, and religion and media, among others. For further information, please see my CV.