Research Experience

Research Assistant                                                                                                   2011-2014

Department of Communication, North Carolina State University

Advisor: Dr. Andrew Binder

  • Researched the relationship between biographical characteristics of the 2008 presidential candidates and mentions of candidates in major news outlets. Worked with data from the National Election Studies to explore the relationship between media use and knowledge regarding the 2008 presidential candidates and election.

  • Worked on an interdisciplinary NSF grant project investigating public opinion of reclaimed water use in the United States.


Research Assistant                                                                                     2011

Department of Communication, North Carolina State University

Advisor: Dr. Kelly Albada

  • Analyzed data from a content analysis that explores visual images of pregnancy in both entertainment and pregnancy magazines. Responsibilities included analyzing the data, cleaning up the literature review, writing up results and conclusions.
  • Analyzed data from a survey of pregnant women that focused on communication and nutrition decisions.


Research Assistant                                                                                               2010

Department of Communication, Virginia Tech

Advisor: Dr. Yvonnes Chen

  • Served on a grant-funded research project exploring critical media literacy and nutritional knowledge in lower-income communities. Responsible for working with available literature and EndNote.