In April, I’ll be presenting on four panels at the Southern States Communication Association conference in Montgomery, AL.

One is a roundtable about the 2018 midterms that is sponsored by the Political Communication Division. The other three are sponsored by the Freedom of Speech Division. One of these examines free speech issues related to the Trump administration; another looks at upcoming Supreme Court cases related to free speech. Finally, my full paper on consumer review sites as venues for protest will be part of a panel that has yet to be constituted. I’m also thrilled that the organizers selected it for the top division paper award.


I am so grateful that the reviewers in the NCA Freedom of Expression Division chose my paper about social media and the Boston Marathon bombing investigation for the 2018 Robert M. O’Neill top paper award. The top paper panel featured three other very interesting papers that I’m glad to have heard.

JULY 2018

I’ll be participating in the inaugural Mediating Change conference in early November. The conference is being hosted by the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. My presentation considers how we should evaluate the ethics and political efficacy of targeting commercial enterprises for viral shaming online.

Later that month, I’m also presenting on ethics and reputation management at the Eighth Annual Symposium on Digital Ethics at Loyola University Chicago.

JUNE 2018

I am looking forward to two presentations at NCA in Salt Lake City this fall.

The first will be part of a panel sponsored by the Freedom of Expression Division. The paper examines the management of reputational harm when people are misidentified as criminal suspects on social media.

As part of NCA’s “research in progress” roundtables, I also will be presenting on the rhetoric used by conservative media commentators in voicing opposition to “big tech.”

JUNE 2018

I have accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Newman University in Wichita, KS

APRIL 2018

I enjoyed presenting on a panel about viewpoint diversity in higher education at the Southern States Communication Association conference in Nashville. My presentation examined the “institutional neutrality” provisions in several of the recent campus free speech bills passed by state legislatures — including in Tennessee. The panel was organized by Adelphi University’s Mark Grabowski and was generously hosted by the Federalist Society at Vanderbilt Law School.


I am grateful to have participated in a conference called All Things in Moderation: the People, Practices, and Politics of Online Content Moderation – Human and Machine at UCLA. I presented on the challenges of content moderation when Yelp pages become targets for viral criticism. More information about the conference is here.


I presented at two events during the National Communication Association conference in Dallas, TX.

One was a panel  called “Ambivalence, Contestation, and Debate: Exploring National Identity and Countercultural Identity.” It was organized by the American Studies Division.

I also took part in a lively and engaging pre-conference called “Dialogue and Deliberation in an Age of Rising Authoritarianism,” where I presented briefly about the implications of campus free speech legislation for protest.