As a native Wisconsinite, I was thrilled to return to my home-state in 2012 at Edgewood College! I earned my bachelor’s degree in communication at another WI liberal arts school, Ripon College. Before traveling to Penn State University for my Masters and Ph.D., I worked in public relations for five years at the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau and at the C. Blohm & Associates PR agency here in Madison.
At Penn State, my research focused on rhetoric and sport - more specifically, how we use the sporting world to talk about our values and about political options. I was also a Research Assistant and Fellow at the Center for Democratic Deliberation, where we aimed to help citizens improve the way that we talk with each other about controversial issues.
Here at Edgewood, I continue to enjoy discussing the art of persuasion with my students - especially when it comes to issues of social justice. Additionally, I direct the Edgewood College Honors Program and Common Reading Program.