About Me

I’m an assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, where I teach public relations and conduct research on new media and society. I’m also the founding editor of Case Studies in Strategic Communication.

Prior to my appointment at USC, I was an assistant professor of public relations in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication (now called the School of Media and Journalism) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010-2013) and a graduate teaching fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah (2004-2010). At Utah, I taught and conducted research on a variety of communication topics while I completed my master’s and Ph.D. My dissertation was titled Crowdsourcing as a Model for Problem Solving: Leveraging the Collective Intelligence of Online Communities for Public Good and was directed by Prof. Joy Pierce. My other advisors included Karim Lakhani, Tim Larson, Tom Sanchez, and Cassandra Van Buren.

In Salt Lake City, I also worked as a user experience designer for Burton Group, a Gartner company, and previously worked in public relations and marketing for a public television station, an arts foundation, and a public information firm. I also consult.

A native Texan, I grew up in Houston, completed my B.A. at Trinity University in San Antonio, and completed a marketing internship at an architecture and planning firm in Austin. I live in Culver City with my wife Annie, my son Henry, and a two pugs named Richard and Edith.

Scholarly “action shot” courtesy Calanan Photography.