Areas of Interest

I am interested in studying national newspaper representation of acts marked as terrorism as it relates to questions about identity at the intersection of religion, nationality, and sexuality. I am inspired by research in critical cultural studies and critical intercultural communication. I employ critical interpretive/qualitative methods. For my dissertation, I conducted a comparative thematic analysis of newspapers published in French following the 13 November 2015 attacks that ended at the Bataclan concert hall in France and articles published in English following the 12 June 2016 shooting at Pulse in the U.S.A. These acts and stories told about them were analyzed through the lens of terrorism, moral panic, and orientalism.