Biography

Jennifer Sandoval is an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator for Communication and Conflict at the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida. She has a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine School of Law. Dr. Sandoval brings her experience as a mediator, project manager, trainer, and consultant to the classroom and her research program at UCF. She is interested in the communication of marginalized identity in various contexts. Her research focuses on the communicative elements involved in the intersection of identity, the body, and health. Additionally, she examines the rhetoric of choice and Assistive Reproductive Technology, as well as looks at reproductive health access for the LGBT community. Dr. Sandoval also continues work with community based-participatory research projects focusing on health intervention in underserved and underrepresented populations.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Intercultural communication
  • Conflict and communication
  • Communication and identity
  • Critical theory
  • Fertility tourism
  • International surrogacy
  • LGBT family dynamics
  • Women’s health policy
  • Feminist research methods
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Participatory research methods