Sandra Faulkner, Ph.D.


Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-1998
Address: 404 Kuhlin Center


In my research, writing, and advocacy about close relationships and relational communication, I incorporate theory and research from a variety of interpersonal, sexuality, health, feminist, and culture literatures to interrogate sexuality and identity. I focus on the role of culture and relational processes in discussions and discourse about sexuality and stigmatized identities in interpersonal relationships using qualitative and critical research methods. I am interested in how relational processes and goals influence disclosure decisions about sexual information and potentially stigmatizing identities, how the negotiation of identities influences relational health, how larger discourses surrounding identity influence and shape our relational experiences, and how we narrate and re-narrate our experiences for personal and social change.


Ph.D. Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught:

Interpersonal Communication
Communication Research Methods
Sexual Communication
Relational Communication
Intercultural Communication
Philosophical Foundations
Humanistic Research Methods

Vitae in PDF

Select Representative Works:

Faulkner, S. L. (2018). Real women run: Running as feminist embodiment. New York: Routledge.

Harris, A., Holman Jones, S., Faulkner, S. L., & Brook, E. (2018). Queering families, schooling publics: Keywords. New York: Routledge.