I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Activism, Communication, and Social Justice at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a Research Affiliate at the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women. I hold a Ph.D. and an M.A. in communication from the Annenberg School and a B.A. in media and communication studies, English, and gender and women's studies from Ursinus College.
My research focuses on feminist social movements in the United States and their media practices, with special attention to digital media, local, grassroots media projects, and popular culture. In each case, I consider the possibilities and limitations of an activist praxis oriented toward media against the backdrop of an increasingly precarious political context. While my work largely revolves around contemporary activist campaigns and organizations, I also aim to contextualize today's feminist tactics within a decades-long history of feminist engagements with media, discourse, and expression. I draw on a range of interpretive and participatory research methods, including textual analysis, qualitative interviews, ethnographic observations with feminist activist practitioners. My research has been published in Communication, Culture & Critique, Feminist Media Studies, New Media & Society, among others
At Penn, I have taught undergraduate courses on Media, Activism, and Social Movements, Communication and Popular Culture, and Communication Behavior. With my advisor, Guobin Yang, I co-founded the Media Activism Research Collective, an interdisciplinary network of students, faculty, and activists working at the intersection of social movements and media. Off campus, I am an organizer for Philadelphia's March to End Rape Culture, an annual protest event that seeks to raise awareness about sexual violence and create a supportive community for survivors.
I am a lifelong resident of the greater Philadelphia area. I was raised in Delaware County and currently reside in West Philadelphia with my husband, Ryan Parsons, who is a school counselor, and our two cats. The four of us are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our daughter, due in November 2018.