Christopher N. Poulos, Ph.D.

Christopher N. Poulos, Ph.D.

109 Ferguson Building

Specializations: Family Communication, Dialogue, Ethnography/Autoethnography, Film and Relationships, Communication Ethics

I study and teach relational and family communication, family secrecy, memory, autoethnography and ethnographic methods, dialogue, philosophy of communication, communication ethics, and film.


Ph.D. Human Communication Studies, University of Denver: June, 1999. Dissertation: Leaping toward infinity: Embodied knowing and the ethical movements of communicative praxis.

M.A.  Religious Studies, University of Denver: June, 1993. Thesis: Rotations: Memory, forgetting, individuation, and intersubjectivity in selected fiction of Walker Percy.

B.A.    Philosophy and the Arts, University of Colorado: May, 1982.

Courses Taught

  • CST 210 Communicating Ethically
  • CST 415 Family Communication
  • CST 416 Communication & Ethnography
  • CST 417 Communication & Friendship
  • CST 555 Relational Communication & Film
  • CST 612 Seminar in Autoethnography
  • CST 663 Relational Communication
  • Emeritus Society: Film and Relationships

Selected Publications

Poulos, C. N. (2021). Essentials of Autoethnography. American Psychological Association Qualitative Research Book Series.

Poulos, C. N. (2020). The Perils and the Promises of Autoethnography: Raising Our Voices in Troubled Times. Journal of Autoethnography 1 (2): 208–211.

Poulos, C. N. (2020). Navigating the narrow spaces: A critical autoethnography of life in the (postmodern) neoliberal university. In Herrmann (Ed.) The Routledge international handbook of organizational autoethnography. New York: Routledge.

Poulos, C. N. (2019). The liminal leader: Narrative conscience and critical-hermeneutic leadership in the neoliberal academy. In Myers, B. & Brower, J. (Eds.) Critical Administration in Higher Education: Negotiating Political Commitment and Management Practice.  New York: Lexington Books.

Poulos, C. N. (2019). Echoes of your presence. In L. Peterson and C. Kiesinger (Eds.), Narrating midlife. New York: Lexington Books.

Poulos, C. N. (2019). Trouble in Paradise. International Review of Qualitative Research. 12:3, 268-277. DOI: 10.1525/irqr.2019.12.3.268

Poulos, C. N. (2018). Stand up! A performance autoethnography of resistance. Qualitative Inquiry. DOI: 10.1177/1077800418806611

Poulos, C.N. (2017). The voice of white male privilege and power. In P. Leavy (Ed.), Status Characteristics and Privilege in Daily Life: A Text-Reader. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Poulos, C.N. (2017). Autoethnography: A manifestoryInternational Review of Qualitative Research. 10:1, pp. 33-38.

Poulos, C. N. (2017). Under pressure. Cultural Studies Û Critical Methodologies.

Poulos, C.N.  (2016). Coming home. International Review of Qualitative Research. 9:1, pp. 86-101.

Poulos, C.N.  (2016). An autoethnography of memory and connection. Qualitative Inquiry. DOI: 10.1177/1077800415622506.

Poulos, C.N.  (2016). A narrative jag: The living legacy of Bud Goodall. Qualitative Inquiry: 22(1): 5-11. DOI: 10.1177/1077800415603393.

Poulos, C., Hamilton, C., Jovanovic, S., & Morretto, K. (2015). Our work is not done: Advancing democratic engagement as purpose and product of higher education. The Journal of Community Engagement in Higher Education.

Poulos, C. (2014). Rockin’ the Ethnographic Mystery. Storytelling, Self, Society. 10(1): 26-44.

Poulos, C. (2014). Writing a bridge to possibility. International Review of Qualitative Research 7(3): 342-358.

Poulos, C. (2014). My father’s ghost: A story of encounter and transcendence. Qualitative Inquiry 20(8): 1005-1014.

Poulos, C. (2013). Writing my way through: Memory, autoethnography, identity, hope. In C. Ellis, T. Adams, & S. Holman-Jones (Eds.), The Handbook of Autoethnography. Left Coast Press (invited and peer reviewed).

Poulos, C. (2013). Autoethnography. In A. Trainor & E. Graue (Eds.), Reviewing qualitative research in the social and behavioral sciences: A guide for reviewers and researchers. New York: Routledge (invited and peer reviewed).

Poulos, C. (2012). The liminal hero. Cultural Studies—Critical Methodologies. 12(6): 484 – 489.

Poulos, C. (2012). Writing through the memories: Autoethnography as a path to transcendence. International Review of Qualitative Research. 5(3): 313-324.

Poulos, C. (2012). Joy Notes. Qualitative Communication Research 1(2): 169-180.

Poulos, C. (2012). Life, interrupted. Qualitative Inquiry. 18(4): 323-332.

Poulos, C. (2012). Stumbling into relating: Writing a relationship with my father. J. Wyatt & T. Adams (Eds). (Special issue on father-son relationships). Qualitative Inquiry: 18(2): 197-202.

The Ethnogs, the Femnogs, and Rip Tupp*. (aka Trujillo, N.; Krizek, R.; Poulos, C*.; Drew, S.; Mills, M.; Sotirin, P.,& Ellingson, L.) (2011). Performing Mythic Identity: An Analysis and Critique of “The Ethnogs.” Qualitative Inquiry, 17(7): 664-674.

Poulos, C. (2010). Performance is a good breakfast: Metaphorical plays on the meanings of performance. International Review of Qualitative Research. 3(2): 209-216.

Poulos, C. (2010). Transgressions. International Review of Qualitative Research, 3(10): 67-88.

Poulos, C. (2010). Spirited Accidents: An autoethnography of possibility. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(1): 49-56.

Poulos, C. (2009). Accidental Ethnography: An inquiry into family secrecy. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Poulos, C. (2008). Accidental Dialogue: The search for dialogic moments in everyday life. Communication Theory, 18(1): 117-138.