Teaching

I really enjoy teaching. I try to combine the perspective of a media-maker with that of a media analyst to help students develop a deep understanding of how media work and why they matter, as well as how our civic and social spheres are constructed, and how best to engage with them as citizens.

This fall, I am teaching Introduction to Political Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Here’s the course description:

Why would a presidential candidate make a TV ad about her childhood? How can Saturday Night Live affect an election? What can we learn from Donald Trump’s Twitter feed? This course surveys the field of political communication, from campaign advertising to debates, Trump.pngspeeches, and the news. We’ll study presidential elections from 1952 through the present. In the latter portion of the course, we’ll focus on the 2016 campaign, with an eye on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Students will develop a good grasp of the recent history of American presidential communication, and valuable insights about 2016’s race for the White House.

At Temple University, I regularly teach a Senior Seminar in the Media Studies and Production Department. I have also taught Media and Society and Writing Workshop, and Digital Journalism at Rutgers University.

At Drexel University, I teach in the Center for Public Policy, helping guide graduate students through the literature review, document review, interview and writing portions of case study projects. I also hold an administrative role as the Case Study Coordinator.