Talking About Engagement

I am honored to have been invited to speak at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa in Spring 2015. My talk, “Negating Naysayers: Overcoming Academe’s Obstacles to Engage Community,” emerged from my experiences as a graduate student and new faculty member. My hope is to encourage others to work around institutional barriers to find a public purpose of their work.

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Article Appears in Journalism Studies

My article, “Boosterism as Banishment: Identifying the power function of local, business news and coverage of city spaces,” reveals the banishment principles of journalistic boosterism and has appeared online first in Journalism Studies. Access my articles here.


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Chicago Book Reviewed

Check out reviews of my new book about black migration in the Midwest, press coverage of race and place, and the method of mental mapping. You can listen to a podcast review from, read a review published on, and another one in Iowa City’s Little Village magazine.

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