I'm a Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University and Director of SDSU's Center for the Study of Media and Performance. From 2006-2013, I directed the basic communication course, COMM 103. I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in research theory and methods, ethnography, organizational communication, and performance studies. I also serve as Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Communication.
I received my Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2006. I also hold a B.A. in Communication and Theatre Arts and Written Communication from Eastern Michigan University, an M.S. in Communication from Illinois State University in 1995 and an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Eastern Michigan University in 1997.
In my research, I examine communicative performances of identity in organizational and mediated contexts, with a specific focus on gender in sport. My work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including Text and Performance Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry, Western Journal of Communication, Communication and Sport, and Disability Studies Quarterly.
I also adapt scholarly research for performance, and have adapted, directed, and performed my own work and the work of others. You can read more about my work here.
I'm currently performing my ongoing project about grief, narrative, and masculinity, Don't Say Goodbye Without Leaving, about my search for the last person to see my brother alive. You can read excerpts, read about my progress, and book performances here.
In the News...
Check out a news story about my Sony Innovation Award for my use of social media to teach media literacy
Check out my article on my search for the last person to see my brother alive
"Don't Say Goodbye Without Leaving": An Autoethnographic Journey Through Grief and Masculinity--Project Blog
Last updated: 4/22/2018