I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. My research investigates the implications of social media news consumption. I focus on the effects of racial and stereotypical portrayals in social media disseminated news (including mainstream outlets, ideological news, disinformation, citizen journalism).
News media are integral for public knowledge and democracy. My research objectives focus on both the pernicious and beneficial aspects of the vast news ecology that is social media. My key areas of inquiry include:
- stereotype endorsement, ideological motivated processing
- policy support
- political polarization
- civic participation, activism, and social movements
- audience agendas and issue salience
I use a number of techniques, including content analyses, computational text analysis, machine learning, natural language processing, POS tagging, digital trace data (“big data”), and network analyses to address my research goals.