About Me

I have a passion for documenting my world.  I recently graduated from the department of Communication at University of California San Diego.  My work focused on the production of media, the effects of contextual framing on the broadcast of a particular idea, as well as the implication of gender on the function of that context.  While there, I co-authored Booyah Jim: Performing Masculinity in CNBC Mad Money Phone-In Interactions where an analysis of how interactions during Jim Cramer’s television program illustrate an masculine discourse within the financial community.

Outside of the classroom, I participated in the practical side of media as an Executive Producer at Triton Television, a student-run organization that produces both commissioned and recreational short films.  In addition to collaborating with fellow students on various film projects, I also maintained a regular segment on Triton News Network, a semi-weekly satirical news program.

Since graduation, I have been working with Acorn Woods Communications, a boutique PR agency which focuses on clients in the motorsport fields.  My duties there include generating copy and layouts for various advertising materials, as well as graphic design and code development for web applications.  Some samples of my work can be found here.

Prior to UCSD, I attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA where I earned an associates degree in general studies with an emphasis on journalism.  During this time, I served three semesters on the staff of The Lariat, the school’s student newspaper and was the editor-in-chief for the last two.  As editor, I was awarded “Best Column” at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California conference for my piece on road legal aircraft.

Before entering academia, I spent five years working in the automotive field, both as a technician and a salesperson.  Despite a long interest in all things motorized, I came to understand the limitations pf my career path and decided to pursue my interests in design.  I still manage to get my hands dirty restoring vintage cars on a hobby level and occasionally assisting public relations teams during motorsport event coverage, most recently the 2012 Long Beach Grand Prix and the 2012 Waste Management Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally.