I joined the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University as Assistant Professor of Communication in 2009. I hold an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Communication and Urban Education from UCLA.
I examine how immigrant parents and their children address communication challenges related to social incorporation in the United States. In my research, I uncover strategies that these families develop to learn about and understand their local environments and to address their needs. I have explored how immigrant families navigate interactions with U.S. social institutions (schools, healthcare facilities, social services, and courts), and how immigrant parents' and their children's media connections, broadband adoption, and engagement with digital technologies affect their access to a range of social opportunities. See my website for more details on my past and current projects.
I teach undergraduate courses in Family Communication, Mediated Communication Theory, Communication Research, and Children & Media, as well as graduate courses in Ethnography and Communication & Community Wellness.
I am teaching Ethnography, a methods course for Ph.D. students, in Fall 2014.