Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same-Sex Attraction
2011, Left Coast Press/Routledge (Click here for a brief description of the book.)

  • Received the 2016 “Innovator Award” from the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus of the Central States Communication Association,  the 2012 “Best Book Award” from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), the 2012 “Outstanding Authored Book Award” from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, and the 2013 “Book of the Year” award from NCA’s GLBTQ Division and the Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns.
  • Reviewed in Text and Performance Quarterly (2012), The Qualitative Report (2011, 2012), Sexuality & Culture (2011), Psychology & Sexuality (2012), CHOICE Magazine (2012). I also conducted interviews about the book with The Critical Lede (2011) and Low-Fat Love (2012).


Handbook of Autoethnography
2013, Left Coast Press/Routledge, co-edited with Stacy Holman Jones and Carolyn Ellis

  • The first comprehensive reference volume on autoethnographic research and practice. The collection includes more than 40 essays written by scholars representing more than a dozen disciplines. 
  • Received the 2013 Best Edited Book Award from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association (NCA).
  • Reviewed in Qualitative Research (2015) and Cadernos de Saúde Pública (2015).
  • Chapter 9, “Spinning Autoethnographic Reflexivity, Cultural Critique, and Negotiating Selves,” by Keith Berry, received the 2014 The H.L. “Bud” Goodall, Jr. and Nick Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Award in Narrative Ethnography. Chapter 6, “Walk, Walking, Talking Home,” by Devika Chawla, received the 2014 Best Book Chapter Award from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association.


2015, Oxford University Press, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones and Carolyn Ellis

  • This book provides a historical and conceptual overview of autoethnography, outlines the purposes and practices of the method, offers strategies for writing autoethnography, and provides criteria for assessing autoethnographic research.
  • Reviewed in The Qualitative Report (2015).


On Writing Families: Autoethnographies of Presence and Absence, Love and Loss
2014, Sense Publishers, co-edited with Jonathan Wyatt

  • This collection of personal narratives considers how children relate to their parents, how parents relate to their children, and how familial relationships in general are made and (not) maintained. Contributors write about issues of interpersonal distance and closeness, gratitude and disdain, courage and fear, openness and secrecy, accountability and forgiveness, life and death. (Click here to to view the Table of Contents, Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2.) 


Doing Autoethnography
2017, Sense Publishers, co-edited with Sandra L. Pensoneau-Conway and Derek M. Bolen

  • This collection represents outstanding work from the five Doing Autoethnography conferences (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Contributors interrogate autoethnography ethically, theoretically, relationally, and methodologically, as well as address many interrelated themes: identity norms and negotiations; experiences tied to race, gender, sexuality, size, citizenship, and dis/ability; exclusion and belonging; oppression, injustice, and assault; barriers to learning/education; and living with/in complicated relationships.


International Perspectives on Autoethnographic Research and Practice
2018, Routledge, co-edited with Lydia Turner, Nigel P. Short, and Alec Grant

  • This culturally and academically diverse collection combines perspectives on contemporary autoethnographic thinking from scholars working within a variety of disciplines, contexts, and formats. Throughout, contributors demonstrate different types and uses of autoethnography, identify the potential issues and questions associated with autoethnographic practice, and offers perspectives about evaluating autoethnography. 




Autoethnographic Responsibilities
2017, International Review of Qualitative Research 

Sexuality and Self-forgiveness
2016, Women & Language

Public Ethnography
in press, The Oxford Handbook of Methods for Public Scholarship, co-authored with Robin M. Boylorn

The Art of Autoethnography
2017, Handbook of Arts-Based Research, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones

Narrative Ethics
2017, The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History, co-authored with Derek M. Bolen

Queering Popular Culture
2016, Communication Perspectives on Popular Culture

Queer and Quare Autoethnography
2016, Qualitative Inquiry Through a Critical Lens, co-authored with Robin M. Boylorn

Watching Reality Television
2016, Popular Culture as Everyday Life

Family Bullies
2016, Journal of Family Communication, co-authored with Keith Berry

Autoethnography and Family Research
2015, Journal of Family Review & Theory, co-authored with Jimmie Manning

  • Received the 2016 Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research [Honorable Mention] from Qualitative Family Research Network

Popular Culture Studies and Autoethnography: An Essay on Method
2015, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, co-authored with Jimmie Manning

  • Received the 2015 “Best Journal Article Award” award from the Midwest Popular Culture Association.

Notes on Andy Cohen
2015, The Fantasy of Reality: Critical Essays on The Real Housewives, co-authored with Keith Berry

Undoing the Alphabet: A Queer Fugue on Grief and Forgiveness
2014, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones

Post-coming Out Complications
2014, Critical Autoethnography: Intersecting Cultural Identities in Everyday Life

The Purposes, Practices, and Principles of Autoethnographic Research
2014, The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods, co-authored with Carolyn Ellis

A Complicated Reef: The Relationship Between a Representation and the Represented Phenomenon
2013, Environmental Communication

Frames of Homosexuality:
Comparing Los Angeles Times’ Coverage of California’s Proposition 6 (1978) and Proposition 8 (2008)
2013, Sexuality & Culture

Animals as Media: Speaking Through/With Nonhuman Beings
2013, Perspectives on Human-Animal Communication: Internatural Communication

The Joys of Autoethnography: Possibilities for Communication Research
2012, Qualitative Communication Research

Missing Each Other
2012, Qualitative Inquiry

Telling Stories:  Reflexivity, Queer Theory, and Autoethnography
2011, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones

Autoethnography: An Overview
2011, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, co-authored with Carolyn Ellis and Arthur P. Bochner
Reprinted in German and Spanish

Why “Video Killed the Radio Star”: Teaching “The Medium is the Message”
2010, Communication Teacher

Paradoxes of Sexuality, Gay Identity, and Coming Out
2010, Symbolic Interaction

Coming Out in Everyday Interaction
2010, Case Studies of Communication about Sex, co-authored with J. Wight

Autoethnography and Queer Theory: Making Possibilities
2010, Qualitative Inquiry & Human Rights, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones

  • Received the 2010 “Best Book Chapter Award” award from the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association.

Mothers, Faggots, and Witnessing (Un)Contestable Experience
2009, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies

truth Troubles
2009, Qualitative Inquiry, co-authored with Jillian Tullis, Chris McRae, and Alisha Vitale

A Review of Narrative Ethics
2008, Qualitative Inquiry

Autoethnography is Queer
2008, Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones

Seeking Father: Relationally Reframing a Troubled Love Story
2006, Qualitative Inquiry

Speaking for Others: Finding the “Whos” of Discourse
2005, Soundings

Phenomenologically Investigating Mediated Nature
2005, The Qualitative Report


in press, International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, co-authored with Carolyn Ellis and Stacy Holman Jones

Queer Studies
in press, International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones

Narrative Ethics
in press, International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, co-authored with Derek M. Bolen

GLBT Communication Studies
in press, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods

in press, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, co-authored with Michael Kramer

The Closet
2016, The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies

Queer Ethnographies/Autoethnographies
2016, The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, co-authored with Stacy Holman Jones

Identity Politics
2014, Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, co-authored with Rafal Rybak

Technological Determinism
2014, Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, co-authored with Brad Gangnon

2013, Multicultural America, co-authored with Max Plumpton

Sexual Orientation and Race
2011, The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, co-authored with Gerardo Moreno

A Social Constructivist Approach to Political Identity
2010, Encyclopedia of Identity

Global Village
2010, Encyclopedia of Identity


Review of Beyond New Media: Discourse and Critique in a Polymediated Age
2016, Iowa Journal of Communication

Review of Transgender Communication Studies: Histories, Trends, and Trajectories
2016, Women’s Studies in Communication

Review of Staring at the Park: A Poetic Autoethnographic Inquiry
2015, Forum: Qualitative Social Research

Review of Home, Uprooted: Oral Histories of India’s Partition
2015, Text and Performance Quarterly

Review of Body, Paper, Stage: Writing and Performing Autoethnography and Leaning: A Poetics of Personal Relations
2011, Liminalities

Legislating Humanity
Review of From Humanity to Disgust: Sexual Orientation and the Law
2011, Sexuality and Culture

Making Democracy Personal
Review of A Need to Know: The Clandestine History of a CIA Family
2007, The Review of Communication

Hidden Dimensions of the Hidden Dimension
Review of Where the Ball Drops: Days and Nights in Times Square
2006, The Review of Communication

Review of Collective Behavior and Public Opinion
2003, American Communication Journal


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