I'm currently an assistant professor of media studies at Southern Utah University. I study media, culture, and religion. I teach classes in communication, media studies, and media production. I also make experimental and non-fiction videos from time to time.
My research interests revolve around the social and cultural implications of communication technology for institutional authority, gender, community, and identity. My work has been published in the Journal of Media and Religion, the Journal of Communication Inquiry, Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and other places.
My PhD dissertation (adviser: John Durham Peters) examined the historical relationship between communication technology and American religion through an analysis of Mormonism's institutional approach to emerging radio, television, and Internet technologies across the 20th century.
I believe learning requires rigor and risk and reflection, and must take place in a supportive environment. In my teaching I encourage critical thinking, self-reflection, and empathy. My assignments are often multi-modal composition projects such as collaborative podcasts and screencast videos that live beyond the classroom.
I completed my B.S. in Communication and Electronic Media at Weber State University in 2011; my M.A. in Communication Studies at Florida Atlantic University in 2013; and my PhD at the University of Iowa in 2017. During the 2016-2017 academic year, I was awarded the Mormon Studies fellowship from the University of Utah's Tanner Humanities Center. In the summer of 2017, I was a participant at the Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship's summer seminar on Mormon culture.
Outside of research and teaching I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and making music. Swimming, fishing, riding bikes, and playing basketball are a few of my favorite hobbies.
I currently reside in Enoch, Utah with my wife and three young children.