Sara comes to UNM from Dallas, Texas. She earned her B.A. in 2002 at the University of North Texas, with a double major in French and communication studies, and completed an M.A. in communication studies in 2007 where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student. Sara's research interests focus on media and the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender, particularly the construction and communication of identity through media discourses. She has presented academic research on identity representation in media texts, including reality-based programming, the 2008 presidential election coverage, and children's television programming at the University of North Texas annual student conference, Western States Communication Association annual conference, and the National Communication Association annual conference. Most recently, Sara received the Top Overall Communication Theory Division Paper Award at the WSCA’s annual conference. Sara also was named an Everett Rogers Doctoral Research Scholar by UNM's Department of Communication and Journalism. Courses she has taught include public speaking, media theories, introduction to mass communication, and intercultural communication. Currently, she teaches gender and communication and will teach language, thought, and behavior in spring 2011. See Sara’s curriculum vitae.