Aubrey O'Neal is an MA student and teaching assistant in the School of Journalism at UT Austin. She also holds the Dallas Morning News Graduate Fellowship for Journalism Innovation.
Her research interests include political communication, social media, and audience engagement. Aubrey is a mixed methods researcher, combining big data quantitative analysis with content analysis.
Prior to joining academia, Aubrey was an analyst for Oracle and a videographer for Quicken Loans. She is also a freelance photojournalist for the Detroit News, wedding photographer, and a documentary producer for nonprofits. During the first seven months of President Trump's term in office, she photographed and surveyed the political protests in D.C., in collaboration with Professor Michael Heaney from the University of Michigan.
Aubrey received her B.A. in Germanic Studies and Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. She was awarded magna cum laude after successfully defending her thesis, Network-based Development Through a Non-Governmental Organization: A Case Study of Empowering Women in Rural India.
Apart from becoming a great researcher and professor, Aubrey has aspirations of backpacking through Russia, befriending a Vice News reporter, and continuing to photograph her travels.
Aubrey attributes her love for the arts to her mother, a watercolor artist who has owned Lake Effect Gallery for 15 years. This is where she began to explore frame design, graphic design, marketing, fine printing and photography from a young age.