Meagan is a communication researcher and a journalist by training. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, where she studies political communication and journalism. More specifically, her research questions explore how news media interact with public-opinion processes to shape individuals’ understandings of and responses to conflict. Her work is published in several leading communication journals, including Journalism Studies, the International Journal of Press/Politics, and Mass Communication and Society.
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. 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 Africa. In addition to the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she oversaw the administration of Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) 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.