About me

This page is about me personally. If you’re looking for information about my professional life, you can learn more about my teaching, my research, or take a look at my cv.

After being born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I pursued my college education at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian liberal arts school just west of Chicago. My time at Wheaton influenced my life and thinking profoundly. I originally went to college to study computer science, and to be sure, a love of technology remains close to my heart. But although I enjoyed computer science, questions about human beings continually piqued my interest. Upon the recommendation of a friend, I explored courses in Wheaton’s communication department and quickly fell in love with the study of close relationships. Perhaps not coincidentally, at the same time I encountered a group of friends that remain important people in my life. Maintaining close friendships is not always easy across distance, but I try.

I pursued graduate study in communication studies at the University of Kansas, earning my Ph.D. in 2007. But even more importantly, while in Kansas I met my absolutely best friend ever, my wife Jessica. We met at Signs of Life, a coffee shop on Lawrence’s awesome Massachusetts Street. Everyone whom I’ve ever brought to that coffee shop agrees it’s one of the best, so if you’re ever in Lawrence, please give them your business! (No they’re not giving me any kickback, I promise!) Jessica and I married in January 2005 and in the coming years were blessed with our daughters Sydney and Kira.

And now I am an associate professor of communication studies at Texas Christian University. The links above will tell you more about my research and teaching. I’m also a co-author of the A First Look at Communication Theory textbook (with Em Griffin and Glenn Sparks) and have served as a survey/statistical consultant for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.

In free time, I’m a bit of a geek. I enjoy a good video game, board game, or fantasy/sci-fi novel. I like to cook when I can find the time, although my wife is far superior in the kitchen. I enjoy my church, time spent with my family, and being with friends.


My wife and our two daughters.