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Meagan is a communication researcher and a journalist by training. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, where she situates her research at the intersection of political communication and journalism. In particular, she studies how news media interact with other opinion-formation processes to shape individuals’ understandings of and responses to political violence. Meagan completed her M.A. in Communication at the University of Washington and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication, with certificates in African studies and global health.

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.

Formerly, Meagan served as the Assistant Director of the UW-Madison African Studies Program where she coordinated the inaugural years (2016-2019) of the U.S. State Department’s Mandela Washington Fellowship on campus, including grant preparation and curriculum development for adult learners from across sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Meagan oversaw the administration of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, external communication efforts, and a variety of other center operations.

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