Sam Hughes


Sam’s research interests focus on the psychology of atypical sexual desires and behaviors (paraphilias, fetishism, BDSM, sexual roleplay, etc.). In particular, he investigates the role of identity, self-awareness, personality traits, and stress on the development and enactment of atypical sexual expression. He also examines the psychological impact of pathologization and stigma on individuals with atypical sexual desires. Sam’s current project scrutinizes the traditional etiologies of paraphilias (developed largely from clinical and prison populations) by testing the validity of those etiologies when applied to mainstream kink-oriented individuals.

Sam received his B.A in Communication Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2014. He is currently a Social Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Cruz.