I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. My general research interests include cyberbullying, digital youth, social media, empathy, librarianship, libraries, and making. I received my PhD in Information Science from the School of Information at Florida State University in the Spring of 2016. Before I began the PhD program, I worked as public librarian at a small, rural library system in Southwest Georgia. My work with young adults as a librarian is the root of my research interest in this population. I continue to be a strong advocate for school and public libraries in our communities.
A native of Southwest Georgia, I grew up in a very small rural town that nobody seems to have heard of so I usually reference its distance from Atlanta (3.5 hours southwest) to give some idea of where it is. I received my BA in anthropology and history from the University of Georgia in 2006. In 2008, I completed my MLIS at FSU with a concentration in children and youth services. After working as a public librarian for 4 years, I decided to return to FSU and get my PhD in Information Studies. Somewhere along the line I completed my SLIS (Specialist in Library and Information Studies) with a focus on leadership and management. And (finally!) my PhD. I’m a really, really like school.
In my free time (hmmm), I am an avid reader of a little bit of everything (YA lit, depressing literature, weird non-fiction, silly stories, and odd ball sci-fi). Outside of books, I’m a music nerd (Jason Isbell <3), NPR fanatic, coffee junkie, and a fitness and nutrition weirdo who is currently training for a marathon. You can usually find me in the gym or on a run.