Sandra L. Faulkner is Professor of Communication and Director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her interests include qualitative methodology, poetic inquiry, and the relationships among culture, identities, and sexualities in close relationships. Her poetry appears in places such as Gravel, Literary Mama, Rat’s Ass Review, and damselfly. She authored three chapbooks, Hello Kitty Goes to College (dancing girl press), Knit Four, Make One (Kattywompus), and Postkarten aus Deutschland (, and a memoir in poetry, Knit Four, Frog One (Sense, 2014).
She is the author of over 50 book chapters and articles, which have appeared in such journals as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. She is also the author/editor of 9 books including Poetry as Method: Reporting Research through Verse; Inside Relationships: A Creative Casebook on Relational Communication; Queering Families, Schooling Publics: Keywords with Routledge. She received the 2013 Knower Outstanding Article Award from the National Communication Association and the 2016 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award.
Faulkner researches, teaches, and writes about relationships in NW Ohio where she knits, runs, and writes poetry about her feminist middle-aged rage and lives well with her partner, their warrior girl, and two rescue mutts.
PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Identity and Sexualities, Poetic Inquiry, Arts-Based Research, Relational Communication, Feminist Epistemology
Personal Interests
Running, Knitting, Poetry