BA: Communication Arts and English Oakland University, 1984
MA: Mass Communication Bowling Green State University, 1986
PhD: Communication Wayne State University, 1994
Teaching Interests Public speaking, persuasion, interpersonal communication, public relations, organizational communication, gender in communication, communication ethics.
"Not Monsters: Sex Offender as Scapegoat." (2007). (With John Douard). To be published in Volume VI of series, The Sex Offender (B. Schwartz, ed.). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute. Not Monsters: Analyzing the Stories of Child Molesters (2005). New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
A Critical Analysis of the Rhetoric of Child Sexual Abuse (2001). Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.
“Sex Offender Community Notification Policies: Balancing Privacy and Disclosure” (2000). In S. Petronio, ed., Balancing the Secrets of Private Disclosures (pp. 263-274). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates..
“Child Sexual Abuse as a Discourse of Power: A Foucauldian Analysis” (1998). The Speech Communication Annual, 12, 5-28.
"The Epistemological and Ontological Implications of Child Sexual Abuse: A Rhetorical Inquiry." (1996). The Michigan Association of Speech Communication Journal, 31, 49-71.
Recent research focuses on the moral panic over child sexual abuse and sexual offenders, and its impact on law and public policy.