I'm an assistant professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where I teach various courses in Public Relations. I also teach an online course in Social Media, open to all majors including ASUOnline students.
My research tends to take a big-picture view of communication: I'm interested in questions of identity and reputation--personal, professional, organizational--as well as trying to understand the emergence and spread of issues and crises. My overall worldview is strongly colored by complexity theory, and I favor a mixed-methods approach to research.
Complexity theory is the study of emergent order and self-organization, which I find especially fascinating as a lens for exploring aspects of public relations such as issues, crises, identity & reputation, and community. I also use this lens to look at communication systems as a whole, especially with regard to newer and social media. More details about my research interests can be found here...
I spent the bulk of my adult life, and pre-academic career, in Italy (Bologna, to be specific), where I developed a taste for excellent food, stylish clothes and shoes, and fast motorcycles. I've also always been a big fan of the arts, and love living in central Phoenix where I can walk or take the light rail to almost anywhere I need to go.
I say this every year, but once again I'm going to be making a concerted effort to update my blog a bit more regularly. You can also find me on Twitter and Google+, or Facebook. The first two are much better ways of getting in touch with me than the latter, but feel free to connect with me however you prefer (even Pinterest!).