Serena Carpenter joined Michigan State University’s School of Journalism in 2012. She worked at Arizona State University from 2007-2012 specializing in the research and teaching of digital media and theory after finishing her Ph.D. degree in Media & Information Studies at Michigan State University. Her research has been published in research journals such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Mass Communication and Society, New Media & Society, Journalism Practice, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Health Communication, and Telecommunications Policy.
Carpenter taught courses in the areas of online/multimedia journalism, social media, engagement and mass communication theory in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Carpenter has also taught broadcast, documentary and online journalism courses at Michigan State University and Bloomsburg University. Her professional background includes working as a television reporter.