Bachelor of Arts
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I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. Concord is a public university noted for both its “Campus Beautiful” as well as its accommodations for military veterans.
While attending Concord from 2011 to 2015, I majored in both History and Sociology. During my time at the university, I served as Secretary for both the Sociology and Computer Science Clubs as well as Vice President of the Writers Club. I was on the Dean’s List from 2012 to 2015 and was the first recipient of the Five Aces Scholarship.
I also served as the News Editor and Webmaster for the Concordian Newspaper from 2012-2014. In 2013, I earned the Fine Arts Division’s Best Section Award for my efforts on the mainline news sections of the newspaper. I also placed Second Runner Up in the 2013 David S. Roth Memorial Writing Competition.
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
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I began attending Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in 2016. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or Virginia Tech, is a public, land-grant, research university and manages the largest research portfolio of any university in Virginia.
I earned my MS in Sociology in 2019 after completing my thesis, “Hate Managers and Where They Target: An Analysis of Hate Crime as Hate Group Self-Help”. During my time in the Masters program, I served as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. James Hawdon, and conducted studies of extremist websites. I also contributed to a joint project to produce a codebook for framing hateful tweets, titled “Framing Hate with Hate Frames”. I was also a member of Students for Non-Violence as well as the on-campus Orthodox Christian Fellowship.
I am currently working towards my PhD in Sociology with a certificate in Public History. I was the first Secretary for the Sociology Graduate Student Organization, a student-led union designed to facilitate academic and professional development for our department as well as serve as a liaison between faculty and the student body. I currently serve the organization as a Graduate Student Assembly Representative. I am working on several projects involving extremist attitudes and have been teaching the Peace and Violence course since August.