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I am a PhD candidate finishing my dissertation at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
My primary research areas are media, technology, and political economy with a focus on the internet and digital convergence. My dissertation looks at the historical development of online advertising and its implications for the economics and culture of the Internet. See more about research here.
I am an adjunct instructor at DePaul University in the New Media Studies program. I was a 2012-2013 Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellow and a researcher with the Center for People and Infrastructures. Prior to that I was a 2011-2012 graduate fellow at the Illinois Project for Research in the Humanities and a 2009 participant in the Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute on Global Media Policy.
I’ve taught courses in digital media and culture, media economics/institutions, and intro/media literacy. See more about teaching here.
I am also a fan of information visualizations. They can be great teaching and research tools, blending aesthetics and data, like this cartogram:
And this infographic:
Although, some are less immediately useful…