Research

I am most interested in qualitative research methods related to critical-cultural approaches to communication.

My research experience as a graduate student at the University of Central Florida is as follows:

  • Completed a quantitative study on the theory of uses and gratifications as applied to  interaction with restaurants on social media. The study was presented at the 2014 UCF Graduate Research Forum and the National Communication Association’s 2014 annual conference. The paper is currently under review at an academic journal.
  • Completed a qualitative study testing Brady’s (2011) cooking as inquiry method combining autoethnography, collective biography, and the process of foodmaking as an investigative tool. The study was presented at the 2015 UCF Graduate Research Forum. The paper is currently under review at an academic journal.
  • Assisted a faculty member with a qualitative study that explored binge viewing of television. I directed multiple focus groups of 10-15 students and later transcribed those focus group interviews.
  • Completed a qualitative critical discourse analysis study of tweets using the hashtag     “#distractinglysexy.” The study examines both text and visuals accompanying the hashtag as acts of narrative resistance. The paper is currently under review at an academic journal.
  • Completed a qualitative critical discourse analysis of scripted television shows featuring a Southern woman lead character. The study examines whether modern character portrayals align with or differ from stereotypes of the Southern belle from the Antebellum period.
  • Completing a qualitative study for my thesis involving facework and women leaders. I interviewed and transcribed 15 women leaders in Central Florida. I am currently in the data analysis phase where I am conducting a thematic analysis through the use of a social constructionist/critical perspective.

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