Faculty and Staff

Christopher N. Poulos, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head

Department of Communication Studies

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Office: 115 Ferguson Building
Phone: 336.334.3840
E-mail: cnpoulos@uncg.edu

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.


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


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 manifestory. International Review of Qualitative Research. 10:1, pp. 33-38.

Poulos, C. N. (2017). Under pressure. Cultural Studies Û Critical Methodologies. https://doi.org/10.1177/15327086177061

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.