Hi! I’m Kari Storla, a PhD candidate in communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

I have a B.A. in speech with a concentration in public and political communication and a minor in applied linguistics from Georgia State University, where I graduated summa cum laude with advanced and research honors in 2011.

I received the Kell Award, given to the graduating senior with the highest GPA.

Myself, Georgia State Unviersity President Mark Becker, and other graduating students

My undergraduate honors thesis investigated the online identity enactment of women who self-identified as either girl gamers or gamer girls. This interest in computer-mediated communication also found a more practical application during the time I worked as the social media manager for a political non-profit.

I moved cross-country to study at USC Annenberg in 2012. Once there, my research shifted to focus on discourses surrounding sexual assault and sexual assault prevention. You can read more about my current research here.

I currently serve as a Teaching Assistant Fellow with the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, as well as a writing consultant with USC’s Writing Center.

In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, cooking, and dabbling in DIY.

Full CV available upon request.