I am an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Information and Communications at The University of South Carolina. I received my Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

I study communication technology use in organizational, risk, and mass communication contexts. In particular, my research projects explore how individuals use social media and mobile devices in the workplace and disaster-related contexts. Much of my recent focus has been on disaster preparedness and prevention communication—and the barriers vulnerable and marginalized populations face before, during, and after natural disasters. Many of these barriers are mediated through the use of emerging technologies.