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Spieldenner, Ph.D.

Andrew Spieldenner, Ph.D. (2017)

Assistant Professor of Communication

Phone #: (760) 750- 8205
Office #: SBSB 2104

Andrew Spieldenner earned his doctorate in Communication and Culture from Howard University (2009) with an emphasis on health, his M.A. in Theater from U.C.L.A. (2005) and A.B. in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley (2000). Dr. Spieldenner examines issues of culture and the body in three primary areas: HIV; the LGBTQ community; and public discourse.

Dr. Spieldenner is a committed HIV advocate. He currently serves as Chair of the US People Living with HIV Caucus, as well as Research Director of the US implementation of the HIV Stigma Index for Global Network of People with AIDS/North America. He has held senior positions at Latino Commission on AIDS, the National Association of People with AIDS, and the Black AIDS Institute.

Recent publications:

Spieldenner, A.R. (2017). Infectious sex?: An autoethnographic exploration of HIV prevention. QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking, 4(1), 121-129. Special issue on Queer Autoethnography, Adams, T. and Bolen, D. (Eds.).

Spieldenner, A. R. (2016). PrEP whores and HIV prevention: The queer communication of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Journal of Homosexuality, 63(12), 1685-1697.

Eguchi, S. & Spieldenner, A. R. (2015). The two “gaysian” junior faculty talking about experience: A collaborative ethnography. QED: A Journal in LGBTQ Worldmaking, 2(3), 125-143.

Spieldenner, A. R. (2014). Statement of ownership: An autoethnography of living with HIV. Journal of Men’s Studies, 22(1), 12-27.

Spieldenner, A. R. & Glenn, C. L. (2014). Scripting hate crimes: Victim, space and perpetrator defining hate. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 28(1), 123-135.

Glenn, C. L. & Spieldenner, A. R. (2013). An intersectional analysis of television narratives of African American women with African American men on "the Down Low.” Sexuality & Culture, 17(3), 401-416.                                                                                                                                                                             

Spieldenner, A. R. (2013). Altered egos: Gay men reading across gender difference in Wonder Woman. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 4(2), 235-244.

Vega, M. Y., Spieldenner, A. R. & Tang, J. (2012). Sexo y le cuidad: Sexual, ethnic and social identity intersections of Latino gay men in New York City. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 10, 78-87.

Vega, M. Y., Spieldenner, A. R., DeLeon, D., Nieto, B. X & Stroman, C. A. (2011).  Somos: Evaluation of an HIV prevention intervention for Latino gay men. Health Education Research, 26(3), 407-418.

Spieldenner, A. R. & Castro, C. F. (2010). Education and fear: Black and gay in the public sphere of HIV prevention. Communication Education, 59(3), 275-282.

Book Chapters:

Spieldenner, A. R. & Anadolis, E. (2017). Bodies of dis-ease: Towards the re-conception of “health” in health communication, in M. S. Jeffress (Ed.), Pedagogy, disability and communication: Applying disability studies in the classroom (p. 97-110). New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Spieldenner, A. R. (1996). Birth of a negation: A love letter, in B. Thompson & S. Tyagi (Eds.), Names we call home: Autobiography on racial identity (p. 207-214). New York, NY: Routledge Press.