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Courses Taught

Community and communication: Exploring their intersection

Community media

Agricultural communication campaigns

Research Interests

My research primarily examines the applications of communication to communities and community development, which I further divide into three focus areas:

  • Civic communication and engagement - the processes by which residents interact and organize with each other, local government, and other entities to act on local community issues and priorities
  • Community information ecosystems – the sources, methods, and technologies that enable residents and governments to collect, transform, and disseminate information that supports local life, governance, and civic involvement
  • Community media – physical and digital communication products made by, for, and about local community members, designed to achieve four ideals (localism, diverse participation, storytelling and deliberation, and empowerment)

In other current work, I am working with an multidisciplinary team to explore the environmental impact of the online food delivery sector and how communicating information and providing more options in the order process can "nudge" consumers to make more sustainable choices and reduce their impact.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University


Master of Science, Pennsylvania State University


Bachelor of Arts, Pennsylvania State University



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