Meet the Editors

Our Editorial Board encompasses a range of disciplines, perspectives, and professionals whose research, teaching, and practice embraces positive sexuality. Our goal is to have a diverse board that represents the diversity of the Journal of Positive Sexuality.

Founding Co-Editors-in-Chief:

DJ Williams, Idaho State University. Dr. Williams is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose work intersects social work, leisure sciences, sexual science, and critical criminology.

Emily E. Prior, Center for Positive Sexuality. Professor Prior’s work focuses on sexuality, gender, feminism, identity and representation, deviance, marginalized subcultures, and social problems, using mixed methods and multi-discipline research.

Associate Editors:

Jeremy N. Thomas, Idaho State University. Dr. Thomas is an expert on the sociology of the body, sociology of religion, pornography, and alternative sexualities.

Brad Sagarin, Northern Illinois University, Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS). Dr. Sagarin is a professor of social and evolutionary psychology at Northern Illinois University where he studies social influence, human sexuality, and statistics.

Production Editors:

Karen Sabbah, California State University at Northridge. Ms. Sabbah is currently finishing her graduate degree in sociology.

James R. Fleckenstein, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Mr. Fleckenstein is a researcher, educator, and coach in private practice.  His research interests encompass all aspects of non-exclusive and nontraditional relationships, including their effects on the health and well-being of participants.

Editorial Board:

Audrey R. Giles, University of Ottawa. Dr. Giles is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research examines intersections of ethnicity, gender, and leisure and physical practices. Her work utilizes a variety of qualitative research approaches.

M. Candace Christensen, University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Christensen’s work focuses on feminist and artistic research methods; gender-based violence prevention; and health disparities based on race, class, and sexual identities.

Dave Holmes, University of Ottawa. Dr. Holmes is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Ottawa and a Canada Research Chair in Forensic Nursing. His work focuses on poststructural theory, healthcare and sexuality issues, and sociopolitical issues in nursing.

Jennifer A. Vencill, University of Minnesota. Dr. Vencill has research and clinical expertise in counseling psychology with an emphasis on sexuality. Her work has focused on women’s sexual health and LGBTQ issues, respectively.

John Edgar Browning, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Browning’s work has focused on vampire studies, monster theory, defiant culture, LGBT studies, queer horror film, and digital humanities.

D. Joye Swan, Woodbury University. Dr. Swan’s research looks at sexual risk-taking in intimate relationships as well as perceptions of nonheterosexual and nonmonogamous sexual relationships.

Katherine Frank, American University. Dr. Frank’s research intersects cultural anthropology, sociology, and psychology. Her scholarship includes work on sexuality and feminism, sexuality and masculinity, sex work, qualitative research and discourse analysis.

Kevin Aho, Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Aho’s scholarship focuses on medical humanities, existentialism, body philosophy, and critical analysis of the biomedical model.

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, California State University at Northridge. Dr. Capous-Desyllas has expertise in the areas of queer theory, feminist theory, arts-based methods, sex work, and social justice.

Richard Sprott, CARAS. Dr. Sprott is the Executive Director for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS), and he is also affiliated with the California State University system. His research includes work on the impact of stigma and prejudice on interactions between clinicians and members of stigmatized groups.

Staci Newmahr, Buffalo State College. Dr. Newmahr is a sociologist and ethnographer whose work plays with intersections of gender, sexuality, nonconformity, risk-taking, and eroticism.

R. Todd Hartle, Irvine, California. Dr. Hartle holds degrees in anthropology, psychology, ecology, and tertiary biology education. He has expertise in education research, academic learning support, and program evaluation.

Wendy Walters, Central Washington University. Dr. Walters has a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Her research focuses on gender, mindfulness, and corporate social responsibility and ethics.

William B. Strean, University of Alberta. Dr. Strean is a 3M National Teaching Fellow (Canada). His expertise includes play, games, and fun in various learning environments; practice issues in performance psychology; and somatic and ontological approaches to performance enhancement.

Specialized Consultants:

Deneen L. Hernandez, FBI National Forensics Laboratory. Law enforcement and forensics.

Jay Wiseman, author and legal consultant. Safety and legal issues around alternative sexualities.