Jennifer Sandoval earned her Ph.D. in culture and communication from the University of New Mexico and her master’s degree in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. She worked as a mediator, trainer, instructor and consultant before joining UCF in August 2011. Sandoval’s research focuses on the communication of the intersection of identity, the female body and government health policy. Currently, she is continuing to investigate these elements in the context of fertility tourism, specifically international surrogacy in India. She also works on community based-participatory research projects focusing on health in undeserved and underrepresented populations. She teaches courses in interpersonal, intercultural and gender communication.


  • 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