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Born and raised in New Hampshire, I spent my undergraduate years at Marist College, on the banks of the Hudson, in Poughkeepsie, NY. I then completed my M.A. at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, NC, where my thesis work investigated perceptions of accented speakers. It was at Wake that I decided to make a career of teaching at the university level.
I am coming to Athens from Harrisonburg, VA, where I have spent the last four years as a full-time member of the faculty at James Madison University. It has been a privilege to be at JMU, teaching hundreds of amazing students, and working with friendly and supportive colleagues.
My current research interests are mostly in computer-mediated communication. I am interested in the interactions which occur in online multiplayer gaming, and I know that OU will be an excellent place to develop that line of inquiry in the coming years.
When I'm not busy working, you can usually find me swimming laps, tinkering under the hood of my car, or on the couch with my wife, Jenn, and our cat, Nigel, cheering for the various sports teams a native New Hampshirite should be cheering for.