Alicia M. Walker, PhD is an assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University.
Like many sociologists, her educational background is varied. Before receiving her PhD in sociology at the University of Kentucky, Walker earned a MEd in educational leadership from Texas State University, and a BA in English from the University of Tampa. She appreciates an interdisciplinary focus and collaboration.
Walker is a microsociologist, whose work focuses on sexual relationships and behavior, sexualities, and gender. Specifically, her work investigates the social construction of the sexual self, the ways we make sense of ourselves as sexual beings, the ways we navigate our sexual worlds, and our lived experiences as sexual beings.
She is primarily interested in intimate sexual relationships, sexual behavior and practices, gender and sexuality, and sexual identity. Walker has particular interest in closeted sexual behaviors. She is credited for creating a sociology of infidelity.
Currently, Walker is at work writing a book on men's experiences with infidelity called Unquenchable Masculinity: Affirmation, Attention, and Pressure to Perform in Men's Infidelity. This book is under contract at Palgrave Macmillan and due out in early 2020. She’s also working on a book on women who self-describe as "highly sexual.”
Her debut monograph, The Secret Life of the Cheating Wife: Power, Pragmatism, and Pleasure in Women's Infidelity, is available in hardcover now. The Secret Life of the Cheating Wife is about women's navigation of outside partnerships alongside primary partnerships, and gives voices to women's lived experiences. The book has been discussed in articles published in The New York Times and CNN, among others.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, with whom she is close, and her beloved rescue dog, Harvey. She also enjoys traveling, great movies, playing cards, and collecting statues of the goddesses of love, marriage, and fertility (as they relate to her work).
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