I am a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research sits at the intersection of political communication, new media, and social movements. I am currently focused on my dissertation work which examines the LGBT movement in the South through a case study of the movement in North Carolina. (My dissertation is being directed by Daniel Kreiss.)
While the LGBT movement has accumulated a host of victories over the past several months, these gains were realized almost exclusively in more liberal-leaning states, in urban centers, or by judicial decree on the federal level. However, the battlefields of the LGBT movement are being extended. Whereas the LGBT movement has historically centered itself in major metropolitan areas such as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and in liberal states such as Massachusetts and California, contemporary LGBT activists are working to build broader and more diffuse coalitions of supporters. This work is leading them to intersect with rural, faith, and African-American communities in unprecedented ways. My ethnographic fieldwork in North Carolina focuses on these intersections.
Before coming to Carolina, I was a graduate assistant in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Marshall University. At Marshall, I completed my master’s degree while focusing my research on portrayals of female politicians in both legacy and new media.