I graduated from Willamette University in 1997, where I studied rhetorical criticism. Having volunteered for Rep. Hooley and Sen. Wyden, I secured a job on Sen. Kennedy’s campaign, which mostly consisted of donor relations and event planning.
A friend led me to a job in development at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., and I worked my way up to the position of media relations manager. I decided to get my master’s degree because I wanted a formal education in public relations.
After two years of studying public relations at the University of Maryland, I was inspired to continue my studies by entering the doctoral program. For the next five years, I studied public relations and spent summers working in various public relations jobs.
In the summer of 2007, I was thrilled to return to my home state to work as an assistant professor of public relations at the University of Oregon. I earned tenure there and loved my time there. I moved to North Carolina in the summer of 2016. I teach classes and conduct research at UNC Charlotte.