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 Editors:

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.


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

Associate Editor:

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. Professor Sabbah’s work focuses on sexuality, gender, crime, race & ethnicity, and social problems.

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:

Aleah Poncini, Director, and Innovator of the Didel Institute for Scientific Research and Development. Ms. Poncini’s research interests include advanced mathematics, theoretical physics, vampire studies, BDSM, and gifted and talented education.

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.

Breanne Fahs, Arizona State University. Dr. Fahs specializes in studying women’s sexuality, critical embodiment studies, radical feminism, and political activism.

Dan Copulsky, Center for Positive Sexuality. Mr. Copulsky studies diversity in intimate relationships, with a focus on LGBTQ, asexual, and nonmonogamous identities.

Dave Holmes, University of California Irvine. Dr. Holmes is a Professor of Nursing and an Associate Dean at University of California Irvine, and a former Canada Research Chair in Forensic Nursing. His work focuses on poststructural theory, healthcare and sexuality issues, and sociopolitical issues in nursing.

Jennifer A. Vencill, Mayo Clinic, MN. 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, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Dr. Browning holds degrees in American Studies and English, and his research interests include horror, the Gothic, film, television, ethnography, critical media literacy, popular culture, disability, LGBTQ+, deviance, subcultures, and cultural teratology.

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.

Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, California State University 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.

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.

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.

Zaedryn Rook, Oakland, California. Mx. Rook is a writer and editor focused on the personal, relational, and institutional systems of power. They study social justice, the science of the energy body, trauma recovery, and dominance and submission

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.