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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 portrayals in social media disseminated news (including mainstream outlets, disinformation, citizen journalism).

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
  • policy support
  • political polarization
  • civic participation, activism, and social movements
  • ideological motivated processing

I use a number of techniques, including content analyses, experiments, computational text analysis, supervised machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), POS tagging, digital trace data (“big data”), and network analyses to address my research goals.