The first time I took a photography class as a journalism student at the University of Florida, I was intimidated and nervous. Sticking a camera in strangers’ faces wasn’t my idea of fun. However, I am always up for a challenge, and I was determined not to let photojournalism ruin my 4.0 GPA. So, I pushed myself far outside my comfort zone.
And 17 years after I earned that A in photojournalism, here I am. An associate professor of journalism and communication who regularly teaches multimedia production. Over the years, I have honed my photography skills by chasing my four children. And now, I am taking my experience to the next step: serving clients. If you would like to cherish photos that capture your child’s giggling face or your athlete’s talented skills, please reach out. I would also love to capture your family portraits–portraits that you’ll look back upon in the coming years and feel your heart swell with love at how much everyone has grown.
Kristen researches and teaches political communication, science communication, and journalism. Broadly, her research seeks to understand how people consume, process, and discuss various narratives in news, politics, and science. She uses social scientific, quantitative research methods. She is trained in experimental design for the social sciences, survey design and public opinion research, quantitative content analysis of media coverage, and advanced statistical analysis for the social sciences.
She has received $200,000 in grant money from the National Science Foundation to improve the state of science journalism in Wyoming. She directs a summer science journalism internship program and works with the Wyoming Press Association to administer of Best of Science Reporting Award and to organize science journalism workshops at the annual state press association convention. She has also received $7,350 in grant money for research and outreach in political campaigns.
Thus far in Kristen’s career, she has published 18 peer-reviewed journal articles, 6 book chapters, and 41 conference presentations. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Communication and Mass Communication & Society.
Kristen serves the COJO department as the Director of Graduate Studies, which involves advising its 25 MA students, recruiting for the program, and administering the program. Kristen has chaired 22 MA theses and served on another 21 MA theses committees since 2010. She participated in the 2015-2016 UW LEAD program for future leaders of the University of Wyoming.
She regularly engages in statewide service, outreach, and engagement activities that benefited Wyoming K-12 students, Wyoming residents, and Wyoming journalists. Many of these interactions focused on increasing media literacy, understanding political communication and fake news, and improving science journalism. From attendance at these events, Kristen has reached more than 500 Wyoming residents in an outreach and engagement capacity.
She has taught at each course level (1000 through 5000), and she has taught in a diverse set of classroom environments (e.g., large introductory lecture-style courses, technology-focused classes in computer labs, basic and advanced writing courses, graduate seminars, first-year seminars). She was a faculty fellow with the UW High School Institute from 2013 to 2018, teaching Multimedia Storytelling & Media Literacy.
I’m the mother to four children: Claire (12 years old), Rosalie (8 years old), Alice (7 years old), and August (12 months). My husband and I are so lucky to have these rays of sunshine in our lives. I’m thankful that my children (and husband) have been so patient and kind to me all these years as I chase them around with a camera.
Let’s get those photos snapped.