I am an assistant professor of rhetoric and civic engagement at University of Nebraska Omaha. My research focuses on rhetoric regarding homelessness and poverty in the United States. I examine how such rhetorics circulate among advocates and policymakers in public policymaking processes. I also attend to representations of people experiencing homelessness in popular culture -- in film, on television, and online.
My research and teaching are informed by my experience as a communication professional in policy advocacy work at both local and national levels. I have been working, studying, advocating, and volunteering around issues related to homelessness and communication for more than 10 years.