I’m a critical-cultural, feminist media scholar who recently finished her doctorate in Communications and Media at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Institute of Communications Research. I’m currently serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and previously taught in the Communication department at Saint Louis University.
In addition to teaching courses in Communications, Media and Cinema Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies, I produce segments for The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies’ Aca-Media podcast, serve on the steering committee of the SCMS Comedy and Humor Studies Scholarly Interest Group, perform stand-up comedy occasionally, created an inclusive open mic in Urbana, Illinois, and am in the process of co-launching an after school program called Girls Amplified, which was piloted in the fall of 2015.
In 2018, I also won the University of Illinois Department of Media and Cinema Studies’ Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the University of Illinois’ Graduate Student Leadership Award (check out a post about it here!)
My dissertation, which I am in the process of revising into a book manuscript, Open Mic? Gender and the Meritocratic Myth of Authenticity in the Cultural Production of Stand-up Comedy explores gender, labor, and gatekeeping in stand-up comedy as a media industry through several case studies including social media responses to Lindy West’s debate with Jim Norton about misogyny in comedy on FX’s Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell, the critical reception of television shows about women stand-up comics like Oxygen’s Funny Girls, and interviews with comics with marginalized gender identities and expressions in Champaign and Chicago. Other ongoing projects include the exploration of television fandom on Twitter, including case studies on Comedy Central’s @midnight and Freeform’s Switched at Birth, stand-up comedy and Netflix, and comedy podcasting.
I received my B.A. in English from Indiana University and my M.A. in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University. Before returning to school, I worked for the New York Television Festival and for VOX, a voice-over talent agency in Los Angeles.