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About Me

Thanks for the interest in learning a little more about me! If you're interested in the research or teaching side of things, I encourage you to check out those pages. Below is a chance to learn a little about my background and interests. Be sure to flip through the images to see my cute pets!

How Did I Get Here?

"Here" is the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I am currently in my fourth year as an assistant professor of interpersonal communication. I completed my Ph.D. from KU in 2015 in Communication Studies. At KU I worked with Dr. Jeff Hall, who is an amazing mentor and taught me a lot about interpersonal communication and quantitative methods. Prior to KU, I got my M.A. from Kansas State in 2010 and my B.S. from Missouri State in 2008. I grew up primarily in Southwest Missouri, and was born in Texas. This is my first year at UNLV, and so far I have really enjoyed exploring the West Coast!

What's My Favorite Thing About Las Vegas? 

While I have only lived here a short time, I am already incredibly fond of the city, people, and culture. I enjoy hunting for the next great taco, exploring the outdoors with my husband and dog, and that we can hop in the car and drive to the mountains or ocean in less than a day!

What Do I Do in My Free Time?

I devote a lot of my time to research and teaching. But when I do have spare time, I'm usually spending it with my husband or our three pets! We have two cats, Addison and Lucy, and this last year we adopted a dog, Piper, from a shelter in Kansas City. We love to take Piper exploring with us, especially now that we are in a new city. The cats love to curl up while I read a book, which is a great way to unwind during the week. Joe and I also love to cook, and it has been a lot of fun checking out all the new options available to us here in Las Vegas.

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