Meagan is a communication researcher with professional backgrounds in journalism, higher education administration,
and interdisciplinary African studies.
She is an MA/PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Her research interests include news production processes and content effects, with particular interest in how news media influence public policy deliberation. Meagan received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, with certificates in African studies and global health.
Formerly, Meagan served as the Assistant Director of the UW-Madison African Studies Program where she coordinated the inaugural years (2016-2019) of the Mandela Washington Fellowship on campus, including grant preparation and curriculum development for international adult learners. In addition to the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Meagan oversaw the administration of Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships, external communication efforts, and a variety of other center operations.
When not absorbed by independent projects and work, Meagan sees the world through a Nikon lens, surrounds herself with good storytellers, dreams up travel itineraries and enjoys a warm French press.