Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans

Chair and Associate Professor
Department of
African American Studies,
Africana Women's Studies, and History

Clark Atlanta University

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Interdisciplinary Love Studies


Researching Love
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Researching Love:  

Foundations of Interdisciplinary Love Studies in Higher Education

 

 An edited volume by Stephanie Y. Evans, PhD

CALL FOR PAPERS: Book Chapters

 DUE: March 1, 2014
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Submissions are being accepted for an edited volume on interdisciplinary love studies. The deadline for full book chapters for Researching Love: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Love Studies in Higher Education is March 1, 2014.

 Statement of purpose and scope

               In Researching Love: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Love Studies in Higher Education Stephanie Evans proposes a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and international research agenda on the topic of love.  Much like critical race studies, women’s/gender studies, and peace studies, “love studies” emerges from a desire to more closely analyze human rights and civil rights, environmental sustainability, ecological phenomena, scientific knowledge, and spiritual understanding while embracing a praxis model. In this edited volume, Evans presents an argument for the formal creation and development of interdisciplinary love studies. Building on prior research in a way that codifies intellectual trends and offers direction for future work, Evans defines love studies as a critical convergence of scholarly research about expression and relationships of love on four levels: self love, intimate love, social love, and universal love. This collection expands discussion about theories and methodologies of how to research the topic of love and also presents examples of foundational research and investigations by current scholars. The work will present a variety of answers about love, addressing question types ranging from description and analysis to application and evaluation.

Though past and present scholarship from a variety of fields has addressed parts of this agenda, a clearly outlined conceptual framework is needed to produce a comprehensive and interconnected body of work. In order to adequately advance our collective understanding about love in all its dimensions, scholars from different academic disciplines must emerge from their disciplinary silos to exchange perspectives and learn from each other in a purposeful way. Researching the topic of love from antiquity to the present is a monumental project that can only be conducted in any depth through collaborative work. Grounded in a need to analyze all four levels of relationship and social location (micro, meso, macro, and global/universal), and recognizing the breadth of relevant issues, Evans asserts interdisciplinarity is the most viable tool to engage all angles of the topic. Here, social love denotes the relationship to one type or group of people, while universal love indicates a broader sense of what has been called “unlimited love” more closely related to holistic spiritual or philosophical positions. Distinctions have also been made between types of love including philia (brotherly love), storge (natural love), eros (romantic love), or thelema (lustful love) but a survey of current work shows self love is vastly understudied compared to sexual or romantic love and a typology designating the relationship of different levels of love needs to be more fully developed.

 

                Defining love requires a close look at the multitude of existing definitions. This collection will advance discourses by posing and addressing questions regarding the continuum, boundaries, and constitution of love. Several academic networks of love researchers have developed over the past decades, some in the United States or Europe in a movement begun at the start of the 21st century. Researching Love will engage and advance current efforts and expand the range of ways to study and understand the multitude of ways love is expressed. Researching Love emerges with an explicitly international agenda from the outset, seeking to foster a transnational and cross-cultural intellectual exchange on the subject that bridges past and present work on the multiple meanings of love.

                A multitude of research on love has already been published, but it has not been conducted within an intellectually cohesive plan of study. Love has been termed altruism, forgiveness, friendship, romance, lust, and been called by many other names, but a system of coding and formal study has not been established. Disciplinary approaches have captured several important aspects of love and relationship: biological or chemical reactions, psychological experience, cross-nation political responses to world war, religious commitments and altruism, identity choices, social constraints of options to express love, or familial and community connections. Scholarly journal articles have presented a variant and fascinating range of topics from journalistic critiques of love in art (1856), theological exegeses of agape in the Bible (1902) and American Indian love lyrics (1926) to a research agenda for applied peace studies (1971), global versus national approaches to peace research (1975), interrogations of love work by Virgil (1993) and Chaucer (1996) and cross-generational anxieties to passionate love (2013). A perusal of the list of authors on this topic literally takes us around the world (see bibliography below). Yet, we have not exhausted all knowledge: with this volume, Evans claims that love studies is the new academic frontier.

               An interdisciplinary approach can significantly enhance the value of disciplinary perspectives. As a field, peace studies and race/gender studies offer the closest and most recent models for love studies. Peace studies is dedicated to pragmatic solutions, with particular attention to conflict resolution. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution graduate programs are significant models of praxis research: as of June 2013, about 17 universities in the United States, England, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand offer the PhD in the field and MA degrees can be found at 47 institutions worldwide including the above locations and Costa Rica, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Serbia, Austria, and Israel. However, a review of current Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution graduate programs reveals a necessary focus on large-scale structural issues of law or inter-governmental negotiations. Similarly, race and gender study programs concentrate on problem-solving research agendas that address socialized or institutionalized violence; there are a growing number of doctoral studies in those critical areas as well with 52 PhD women’s studies degree and 414 African American, Asian, Latino, Jewish, Middle Eastern or Native American Studies PhD degree programs. There are 249 doctoral programs in Religious Studies expanding the options of how to investigate human relationships. A concerted effort must be made to bridge dialogue between humanities, social sciences, STEM, and professional training.

                As an interdisciplinary area of inquiry within various fields, love studies can significantly expand the range of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs and increase interest in research by non-academics. The study of love will add dimension to studies of social justice, domination, oppression, indifference, and power by locating dynamics in social relations where love intervenes or lack of love leads to injustice. For example, studying love can impact definitions and approaches to issues of domestic violence and sex trafficking, police brutality, gun violence, terrorism, media and marketing, environmental treatment, marriage laws, and numerous international policy negotiations. Clearly, it is imperative to define terms in personal, cultural, national, and international relationship building. Informed communication can advance or derail conflict negotiations at any point. Producing scholarship that helps academics, practitioners, policy makers, and activists better understand different definitions of or assumptions about love can play a vital role in enhancing communication in one’s backyard, in the statehouse, or across oceans.

                Given the historical body of research that includes comparative literature, animal studies, psychology, and international relations, love is a messy, difficult, and delicate topic that presents questions to sustain countless generations of future scholars. For example, curious students might ask:

       
  • What grammatical designations and how many words do certain languages have for love? How has translation or mistranslation influenced literary scholarship? 
  • How might taxonomy of love songs, love poems, or love symbols in art be constructed? Do the categories differ in changing cultural contexts?
  • How does self love impact expressions of intimate, social or universal love and vice versa?
  • What is the difference in research findings about brain and heart reactions to love?
  • Where do humans fit in the animal world of love research to date and how have arguments changed over time?
  • Why and how do people express love about inanimate objects (books, cars, technology) or objects that are not other individuals (sports teams, countries, pets)?
  • How does food (preparing, eating, serving, sharing) reflect love? 
  • What role does written communication play in romantic love, from love letters to status updates on social media, and how does public or private expression of love impact the written message? How did the onset of technology (from television to the internet) impact romantic love?
  • How do religious beliefs affect rates of marriage in different countries?
  • In what ways has love been forbidden? How do LBGTQ histories inform definitions of love as a human or civil right?
  • How have anti-miscegenation or immigration laws defined love?
  • What impact has race and gender had on defining self worth, desirability, social value or recognition of universal connection?
  • How do adolescent development and gerontology theories compare in explanations of age and love?
  • How do social symbols of love like jewelry or clothing denote favored status or collective belonging?
  • What are the origins of definitions of love in Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech to the National Council of the Churches of Christ in America and how was the use of love infused into the non-violence and Civil Rights Movement before and after 1957? How did the Civil Rights Movement utilize international, specifically Indian definitions of love espoused by Ghandi?
  • What is the history of love in social movements?
  • How do gender role expectations impact expenditures in comparative rural or urban settings?
  • How have public figures like Leo Buscaglia (“Dr. Love”) or Ruth Westheimer (“Dr. Ruth”) discussed love and what empirical evidence outlines their impact?
  • According to Morehei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, love is the basis his martial art. What other examples exist that complicate our notions of love/hate or love/war “dichotomies?”
  • What are relationships between love and hate?
  • How does love impact ecological phenomena or environmental sustainability?
  • How might religion and religious affiliation be related to conservationism and in what ways does love operate to foster or hinder man's understanding our relationship with the animal kingdom?

                By addressing theories of compassion, connection, or disconnection into debates about ideas and power, the investigation of love can shift the tone of any scholarly discussion or topic of interest. For example, with a micro, meso, macro, and global lens, a study of love in Black men’s music might include such vastly different players as Ru Paul (self love), Marvin Gaye (intimate love), Fela Kuti (social love) and Bob Marley (universal love). This research agenda has deep implications for race, gender, cultural, and communication studies but also for professional fields of health, law, social work, business, and education. Variant types of research will be welcome in the collection including theoretical, empirical, and applied; both qualitative and quantitative studies will be accepted.

                There are ample studies of war and militarism, oppression and abuse, genocide and suicide. A concentrated study on the love or absence of love can advance our understanding of the existence of inequality and provide a new pathway to offer social justice interventions. Xenophobia, fear, and hate are pervasive; perhaps we will better understand and eradicate the effects of hate when we take seriously the imperative to formally study love. However, love studies provides the much-needed opportunity to define relations beyond conflict and antagonism. Through love studies we might research far flung issues of holidays like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, comprehensive and comparative mammalian behavioral studies, family care, theoretical grounds of the social work profession, or interfaith collaboration in an organized and meaningful way. The interdisciplinary approach to love research brings unlimited opportunity to gather and interpret data to improve our understanding and, perhaps, to alter our attitudes, behaviors, and choices about relationships with ourselves and others. As editor of this text, Evans intimates that participants in this love studies collaborative can positively impact the world through problem-solving inquiry in the scholar-activist tradition.

                Given the pervasiveness of the concept of “love” one would think “love studies” would already be fully developed. Not so. While there is a vast amount of research about love and several organizations exist, including the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love (founded in 2001 by a Stony Brook University medical professor), and the Love Studies Network (Developed in England in 2012 and housed at St. Andrews University), there is not a comprehensive set of inclusive scholarship that is international, interdisciplinary, and that covers historical and contemporary research. Certainly, scholars from all cultures in all times have espoused ideas about love, but a formal concentration in the area is missing. This book will expand the academic landscape and will promote a series of ongoing conference discussions in the formalization of the area of research designed for institutionalization within academe. Evans offers a theoretical and methodological framework to proceed and gathers current work to constitute the forefront of future studies.

                The book will be comprised of both invited chapters by those researchers who have published seminal works on the topic of love and an open call for new research.

Submit complete chapters to Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans sevans@cau.edu by March 1, 2014

* Format document in Word, 12” font, double space, and length should be no more than 5,000 words including notes. Citation: Chicago style.

* Prepare manuscript for blind review (no identifying references in the text). Submit separate cover page with contact information.

* Label work for consideration in one of five sections: Theories and Methodologies of Interdisciplinary Love Studies; Self Love; Intimate Love; Social Love; or Universal Love.

* Previously published or simultaneous submissions will not be accepted; however, existing research reworked for this specific collection will be welcome.

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
Those submitting proposals might consider the following reading as a starting place for possible references:

  1. Catherine Adams (SUNY-Grenseo) and Elizabeth Pleck (University of Illinois): Authors, Love of Freedom: Black Women in Colonial and Revolutionary New England
  2. Laura Ahearn (Rutgers University): Author: An Invitation to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal
  3. Rudolfo Anaya (University of New Mexico): Author, The Old Man’s Love Story
  4. C. Daniel Batson (University of Knoxville): Author, “Human Altruism”
  5. Tracy Bealer (Metropolitan University of Denver): Author, “The Kiss of Memory": The Problem of Love in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God”
  6. Virginia L. Blum (University of Kentucky): Author, “Love Studies, or Liberating Love”
  7. Roy Baumeister (Florida State University): Author, “…Does Self-love or Self-Hate Lead to Violence?”
  8. Oscar Bamuhigire (Serenity Center, Uganda): Author, The Healing Power of Self-Love
  9. Gert Borg (Nijmegen University); Author, “Love Poetry by Arab Women. A Survey”
  10. Bernard Brady (University of St. Thomas): Author, Christian Love
  11. Pascal Buckner (French writer): Author, Paradox of Love
  12. Judith Butler (University of California-Berkeley), Author, “Response: Performative Reflections on Love and Commitment”
  13. Fangfang Cai (Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China): Author, “Love-pursuing Patterns and Personality Traits”
  14. Sealing Cheng (University of Hong Kong): On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea
  15. Jennifer Cole (University of Chicago ), Author, “The Love of Jesus Never Disappoints: Reconstituting Female Personhood in Urban Madagascar”
  16. Patricia Hill Collins (University of Maryland): Author, Black Sexual Politics
  17. Caryn Connely (Northern Kentucky University): Author, “Looking for Love Where the Air Is Clear: Deconstructing Masculinity in Arturo Ripstein's and Paz Alicia Garcíadiego's Mentiras Piadosas (1998)”
  18. Jennifer Crocker (Ohio State University): Author, “Effects of Compassionate and Self-Image Goals”
  19. Karen Mary Davalos (Loyola University):  Author, “A Poetics of Love and Rescue in the Collection of Chicana/o Art”
  20. Heldge Dedek (McGill University) Author, “Duties of Love and Self-Perfection: Moses Mendelssohn's Theory of Contract”
  21. Toi Dericotte (University of Pittsburgh): Author, “When the Goddess Makes Love to Me”
  22. Maria DiBattista (Princeton University): Author, First Love: The Affections of Modern Fiction
  23. Martin Donohoe (Public Health & Social Justice): Author, “Flowers, Diamonds, and Gold: The Destructive Public Health, Human Rights, and Environmental Consequences of Symbols of Love”
  24. Lee Alan Dugatkin (University of Louisville): Author, “Evolutionary Ecology and Partner Choice”
  25. Elizabeth Emens (Columbia University): “Intimate Discrimination: The State's Role in the Accidents of Sex and Love”
  26. Louise Erdrich (Writer): Author, Love Medicine
  27. Jim Fay (Principal) and David Funk (Administrator): Authors, Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom
  28. Eli Finkle (Northwestern University): Author, “Loving Freedom…Autonomy in Relationship Well-being”
  29. Ann Fienup-Reardon (Smithsonian): Author, Wise Words of the Yup’ik People: We Talk to You Because We Love You
  30. Frances Smith Foster (Emory University): Author, Love and Marriage in Early African America
  31. Robert H. Frank (Cornell University):  Author, “On Evolution and Moral Sentiments”
  32. Benjamin Fraser (College of Charleston): Author, “Autonomy in Love and Work…Disability Studies”
  33. Mark Franko (University of California-Santa Cruz): Author, Martha Graham In Love and War: The Life in the Work
  34. Barbara Fredrickson (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill): Author, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become
  35. Helen Gediman (Psychoanalyst): Author, Fantasies of Love and Death in Life and Art
  36. Pika Ghosh (University of NC-Chapel Hill) Author: Temple to Love: Architecture and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Bengal
  37. Ryan Giles (Indiana University): Author, “The Apple that Fell from Aristotle's Hand: Fruits of Love and Death in the "Libro de buen amor"”
  38. Dianne Glave (Tulane and Xavier Universities) and Mark Stoll (Texas Tech University): Authors, To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History
  39. James Gilman (Mary Baldwin College): Author, Fidelity of the Heart
  40. Henry Giroux (Pennsylvania State University): Disturbing the Peace: Writing in the Cultural Studies Classroom
  41. Gian Gonzaga (University of California-Berkeley): Author, “Love and the Commitment Problem in Romantic Relationships and Friendships”
  42. Khaya Gqibitole (University of Zululand): Author, “The Politics of Love in Mandla Myeko's Apho Sikhala Khona Isakhwatsha"
  43. Christine Grandy (University of Lincoln): Author, “Paying for Love”
  44. Michael Gratzke (University of St. Andrews): Moderator, Love Research Network
  45. Hye Min Han (Seoul National University): Author, “Some Potential Contributions of Sociobiology to Moral Psychology and Moral Education
  46. Joy Hargo (Writer): Author, In Mad Love and War: Sacred and secular poems of the Creek Tribe
  47. Jerald Heiss (University of Connecticut): Author, “Gender and Romantic Love Roles”
  48. Martha Hodes (New York University): Author, White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South and The Sea Captain's Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and War
  49. Rhema Hokama (Harvard University): Author “Love's Rites: Performing Prayer in Shakespeare's Sonnets”
  50. Harmon R. Holcomb (University of Kentucky): Author, “Sociobiology, Sex, and Science”
  51. bell hooks (Berea College): Author, All about Love
  52. Thomas Insel (National Institute of Mental Health): Interviewee, “Why Do Voles Fall in Love?”
  53. Anna G. Jónasdóttir and Ann Ferguson. Editors, Love, A Question for Feminism in the Twenty-first Century.
  54. Kathleen Jones (San Diego State University): Author, Living Between Danger and Love: Limits of Choice
  55. Sara Clarke Kaplan (University of California-San Diego): Author, Our Founding (M)other: Erotic Love and Social Death in "Sally Hemings" and "The President's Daughter"
  56. Leonard Katz (Yale University): Author, “Evolutionary Origins of Morality”
  57. Duncan Kennedy (Bristol University): Author, Arts of Love: Five Studies…Discourse Roman Love Elegy
  58. Laura Kina (DePaul University) and Wei Ming Dariotis (San Francisco State University): Authors, War Baby / Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art
  59. Kevin Kopelson (University of Iowa): Author, Love’s Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics
  60. Melvin Konner (Emory University): Author, The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit
  61. Guisela Latorre (Ohio State University): Author, “Icons of Love and Devotion: Alma López's Art”
  62. Tim Lawrence (University of East London): Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture
  63. Mark Leary (Duke University):  Founding editor, Self and Identity
  64. Haiyan Lee (Stanford University): Author, Revolution of the Heart: Genealogy of Love in China
  65. Richard Ned Lebow (Cornell University): Author, “A Research Agenda for Peace and Security Studies” and “Interdisciplinary Research in Peace and Security Studies”
  66. Katherine Lepani (Australian National University): Author, "Islands of Love, Islands of Risk: Culture and HIV in the Trobriands"
  67. Laurence Lerner (Vanderbilt University): Author, “Peace Studies: A Proposal”
  68. E. J. Levy (Writer): Author, Love, In Theory
  69. Eric Lott (University of Virginia): Author, Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class
  70. Layli Maparyan (Wellesley College): Author, "Why the Academy Needs Womanism Now More Than Ever."
  71. Deb Margoin (Yale University): Author, “I Love My Country: Freedom of Speech, Aaron Sorkin, Elie Wiesel”
  72. Karen Martin (University of Michigan): Author, “Hetero-romantic Love and Heterosxiness in Children’s G-Rated Films”
  73. Mike Martin (Chapman University): Author, Love’s Virtues
  74. Simon May (Kings College, University of London): Author, Love: A History
  75. Irene McMullen (University of Arkansas): Author, “Love and Entitlement: Sartre and Beauvoir on the Nature of Jealousy”
  76. June Hall McCash (Middle Tennessee State University): Author, A Titanic Love Story
  77. James Mellard (Northern Illinois University): Author, “"Families make the best enemies": Paradoxes of Narcissistic Identification in Toni Morrison's "Love"
  78. Mary Midgley (Newcastle University): Author, The Ethical Primate
  79. Tirtha Mukhopadhyay (Editor): Rupkatha Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities
  80. Reiko Ohnuma (Dartmouth College): “Mother-Love and Mother-Grief: South Asian Buddhist Variations on a Theme”
  81. Kenneth Olson (Fort Hays State University): Author, “The Personality of Love”
  82. Amy Ongiri (University of Florida): Author, “Prisoner of Love: Affiliation, Sexuality, and the Black Panther Party”
  83. Kristen Neff (University of Texas-Austin): Author, The Space between Self-esteem and Self-Compassion
  84. Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago): Author, “Teaching Patriotism: Love and Critical Freedom”
  85. Graeme Nicholson (University of Toronto): Phaedrus: The Philosophy of Love
  86. Ann Mongoven (Michigan State University): Author, Just Love: Transforming Civic Virtue
  87. Eva Osterberg (Lund University, Sweden): Author, Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics: Medieval and Early Modern History
  88. John Polkinghorne (University of Cambridge): Author, The Work of Love
  89. Stephen Pope (Boston College): Author, Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love
  90. Stephen Post (Case Western Reserve), Byron Johnson (University of Pennsylvania), Michael McCullough (University of Miami), and Jeffrey Bchloss (Westmont College): Authors, Research on Altruism and Love
  91. Maria Root (Psychologist): Author, Love’s Revolution: Interracial Marriage
  92. Jon Allen Reyhner (Northern Arizona University): Author, Cultural Survival vs. Forced Assimilation: The Renewed War on Diversity”
  93. Matt Ridley (Journalist): Author, The Red Queen
  94. Maria Rybakova (San Diego State University): Author, “Two Genders of the Soul regarding the Love of God”
  95. Bob Sachochis (Florida State University): Author, Domesticity: Gastronomic Interpretation of Love
  96. Meg Samuelson (University of Cape Town): Author, “ A Community of Letters on the Indian Ocean Rim: Friendship, Fraternity and (Af-Filial) Love”
  97. David Sarwer (University of Pennsylvania): Author, “Sex Aggression and Love Styles”
  98. David Sheffer (Northwestern University): Author, “For Love of Country and International Criminal Law: Further Reflections”
  99. Lisa Sigel (DePaul University): Author, Making Modern Love: Sexual Narratives and Identities in Interwar Britain
  100. Reuven Snir (University of Hiefa): Author, “"My Adherence to the Creed of Moses Has Not Diminished My Love for Muhammad's Nation": The Emergence and Demise of Iraqi Jewish Literary Modern Culture”
  101. Judith Stacey (New York University): Author, Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China
  102. Alan Soble (Drexel University): Author, Eros, Agape, and Philia
  103. Wally Swist (Poet): Author, Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love
  104. Vusilizwe Thebe (National University of Lesotho): Author, "From South Africa with Love: The Malayisha System and Ndebele Households' Quest for Livelihood Reconstruction in South-western Zimbabwe”
  105. John Templeton (Investor): Author, Agape Love
  106. Yvonne Tew (Columbia University), Author “And They Call It Puppy Love: Young Love, Forced Marriage, and Immigration Rules
  107. George Uetz (University of Cincinnati): Author, “Stealing for Love? Apparent Nuptial Gift Behavior in a Kleptoparasitic Spider”
  108. Edward Vacek (Loyola University), Author, Love, Human and Divine
  109. Kevin Vanhoozer (Trinity International University): Author, Nothing Greater, Nothing Better
  110. Alvin Wang (University of Central Florida): Author,
  111. Christine Ward (University of California-Riverside): Author, Blue-Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Adoption Practice
  112. Anthony Walsh (Boise State): Author, The Science of Love
  113. Mary Helen Washington (University of Maryland): Author, “Disturbing the Peace: …African American Studies at the Center”
  114. Gregory Williams (Ohio State University): Author, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black
  115. Michelle Wolkomir (Centenary College of Louisiana): Author, “Making Heteronormative Reconciliations: The Story of Romantic Love, Sexuality, and Gender in Mixed-Orientation Marriages”
  116. Joanne Wood (University of Waterloo): Author, “Should People with Low Self-esteem Strive for High Self-Esteem?”
  117. Steve Yates (UPress Mississippi): Author, Some Kinds of Love
  118. Amos Yong (Regent University): Author, Spirit of Love: Trinitarian Theology of Grace
  119. Larry J. Young (Emory University): Author, The Chemistry Between Us
  120. Lynda Dickson (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) and Kris Marsh (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Authors, “The Love Jones Cohort: A New Face of the Black Middle Class?"
  121. Laura Levitt (Temple University): Author, “Still Looking: Self-Love, Ethics, and Seeing Jewish” 
  122. Katherine Lepani (Australian National University) Author, Islands of Love, Islands of Risk 
  123. William Reddy (Duke University): Author, The Making of Romantic Love Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE