David Wahl

Professional Title
Adjunct Professor of Sociology

David W. Wahl, Ph.D is a social psychologist, a symbolic interactionist, and a sex researcher. He obtained his doctorate from Iowa State University with his dissertation, “Speaking Through the Silence: Narratives, Interaction, and the Construction of Sexual Selves.” Dr. Wahl’s work focuses on issues related to sexual desire and behavior, shaming and stigmatization, sex and gender, sexual violence, sex work, and human trafficking. In addition to publishing research work, Dr. Wahl is working on a book detailing the process by which sexual selfhood is constructed and developed in the life course. Another book on social problems within areas of human sexuality is set to be published in the fall of 2021. Currently Dr. Wahl lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife Amy and three dogs.

Areas of Focus:
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sex and Gender
  • Social Psychology
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • Qualitative Research/Ethnomethodology
  • Epistemology