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

Founding Editors:

DJ Williams, PhD, 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, MA, 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.


D. Joye Swan, PhD, Woodbury University. Dr. Joye Swan (she/her) has over 20 years research experience in the field of sexuality. She is a 2019 Fulbright Scholar finalist and co-editor of the Book, Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality, winner of the 2020 Diverse Sexualities Research and Education Institute’s Book of the Year award. Dr. Swan is currently professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Woodbury University.


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Production Editors:

James R. Fleckenstein, BA, 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.

John Edgar Browning, PhD, 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.

Editorial Board:

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

Apryl Alexander, PsyD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research and clinical interests include human sexuality, sexual offending, trauma-informed and culturally-informed practice, and social justice and advocacy.

Brad Sagarin PhD, 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.

Daniel Copulsky, ABD, University of California Santa Cruz. Mr. Copulsky studies marginalized sexualities and relationships, with a focus on LGBTQIA+, kink/BDSM, and nonmonogamous identities.

Dave Holmes, PhD, University of Ottawa. 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, PhD, 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.

Karen Sabbah, MA, Los Angeles Pierce College. Ms. Sabbah is an Assistant Adjunct professor in Sociology. Her research includes the impact of sports on gender identity, student-centered learning, and sexuality.

Kat Klement, PhD, Bemidji State University. Dr. Kat Klement is an assistant professor of psychology of women and gender and the co-founder/co-director of the Northwoods Queer Outreach.

Liam Wignall, PhD, University of Brighton, Psychology. Dr. Wignall uses qualitative research methods to explore the identities and experiences of non-heterosexual individuals related to: kink, BDSM, and fetishes; pornography consumption; drag subcultures; non-exclusive sexualities; and sexual consent.

Richard Sprott, PhD, TASHRA. Dr. Sprott is the Executive Director for The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA), and he is also affiliated with California State University, East Bay. His research includes work on health disparities for people who hold stigmatized sexualities, includingn LGBTQ+ and kink.

R. Todd Hartle, DA, Long Beach, 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.

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

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