associate professor

dept of communication studies, texas state university

curriculum vitae


i grew up in milwaukee, and i’m a graduate of uw-milwaukee’s communication department. i earned my BA and my MA there, and then moved to austin where i earned my doctorate from the university of texas. i loved living in austin, but was also excited to return home in 2000, when i was magically reunited with my family, friends, and UWM. after spending 17 years back in milwaukee, i have once again made the cross-country trek to texas! i started my new position at texas state university in fall 2017, and i’m looking forward to this new adventure.

i love teaching and learning about close relationships; i’m a fascinated observer and a classic over-analyzer. i also enjoy guilty-pleasure television, yoga, indie music, and chai. i live with one husband (you may know him!) and one kitty (our brood is getting smaller and smaller these days).

i have been vegan since october 2004 (vegetarian since february 1993) and i am super-passionate about animal rights. i’ll talk your ear off about veganism if you’re interested (but i won’t if you’re not).


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