Psychology Graduate Students

Sam Hughes
  • Title
    • Graduate Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2002 (Please contact me via email instead. This is the Psychology Department's Number)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, Room 206
  • Office Hours Winter 2021 Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, Noon-1:30pm (Zoom Link for Monday, Wednesday, Friday Office Hours: Thursdays, 4pm-6pm, (Zoom Link for Thursday Office Hours:
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services

Research Interests

Kink, BDSM, Sexual Fetishism, LGBTQ Identities, Politics of Diagnosis, Intersectionality, Sex Education, Sexuality in Prisons, Mixed Methods

Biography, Education and Training

Rent Burden: 60% (what’s this?)

Graduate students at UC Santa Cruz face severe rent burden, often spending over 50% of our income on housing. We are precarious, but we are indispensable.

I stand in solidarity with the COLA campaign.

Selected Publications

Hughes, S. D., & Hammack, P. L. (2020). Narratives of the origins of kinky sexual desire held by users of a kink-oriented social networking website. The Journal of Sex Research, 1-12.

Hughes, S. D. (2020). Release within confinement: An alternative proposal for managing the masturbation of incarcerated men in U.S. prisons. Journal of Positive Sexuality, 6(1), 4-23,

Hughes, S. D., & Hammack, P. L. (2019). Affirmation, compartmentalization, and isolation: Narratives of identity sentiment among kinky people. Psychology and Sexuality, 10(2), 149-168.

Hammack, P. L., Frost, D. M., & Hughes, S. D. (2018). Queer intimacies: A new paradigm for the study of relationship diversity. The Journal of Sex Research, 56(4-5), 556-592.

Jones, S. M., Bodie, G. D., & Hughes, S. D. (2016). The impact of mindfulness on empathy, active listening, and perceived provisions of emotional support. Communication Research, 46(6), 838-865.