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Associate Professor in the Media School, Indiana University

Associate Professor, joined IU 2000. Member of the Graduate Faculty with the endorsement to direct doctoral dissertations. Also Cognitive Science and Human-Computer Interaction core faculty member. Ph.D. from Cornell University in Communication (1999); MPS in Communication from Cornell University (1991), BS Communication Arts from Cornell University (1983). Research and teaching interests: using motivated cognition theories to examine how people process and remember mediated messages and to guide examinations of message content, particularly television news and humor. Most recent studies have examined comedic news programs as sources of political information. Publications in Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Communication Research, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Human Communication Research. Serves on the editorial board of Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. Teaches graduate, honors, and undergraduate courses in Politics and the Media, Comedic News, Telecommunications Processes and Effects, Cognitive Approaches to Media, Applied Cognitive and Emotional Psychology, Applying Theory to Media Design, and Media History. Industry experience: on-air and management broadcast news positions, including stringer reporting for CNN, CBS, and UPI.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Telecommunications, Indiana University, Bloomington