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Feb. 10, 2017

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Feb. 10, 2017
For Immediate Release

Waterloo – Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on Feb. 14.

There are several Laurier experts available to comment on love, relationships and Valentine’s Day:

Philosophy, Feminism and Love

Margaret E. Toye, associate professor in Laurier’s Women and Gender Studies Program, is an expert on feminist theories of love. Toye is also a co-founder of Feminist Love Studies, an international organization that researches love from a feminist perspective and plays a crucial role in the formation of the scholarly field of Feminist Love Studies. Contact information:

Gary Foster, assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Philosophy, is an expert on the philosophy of love and sex, and moral psychology. The main focus of his research is on the relationship between love and personal identity. Contact information:

Relationships and Psychology

Justin Cavallo, assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on close relationships, motivation and self-esteem. His research examines close relationships from a social cognitive perspective and how prior relationship experiences influence people’s approach to subsequent relationships. Contact information:

Digital Intimacy and Non-Monogamy

Nathan Rambukkana, assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Communication Studies, is an expert on queer theory, critical intimacy theory, non-monogamy, adultery and polygamy. His research addresses topics such as digital intimacies, the relationship of intimacy and privilege, hybridity and mixed-race identities, the social and cultural aspects of new media forms, and non-monogamy in the public sphere. Contact information:

Biology of Attraction

Tristan Long, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Biology, is an evolutionary geneticist and behavioural ecologist. Long’s research focuses on sexual selection – the differences in individual fitness resulting from non-random mating. His studies examine male-to-male competition for the opportunity to court/mate with females, why females don't always prefer the same males, and the costs and benefits that arise from selective/non-random/multiple mating. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext. 4625 or

Retail and Valentine’s Day

Chun (Martin) Qiu, assistant professor of Marketing at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, is an expert on retail. He is available to comment on retailing, shopping activities, online shopping, store promotions, etc. Contact information:

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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