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.


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.