The Team

Portrait of Dr. Ebony Utley

Dr. Ebony Utley

Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an intimacy expert. Her research explores intimacy interrupted by infidelity, investigates beliefs about marriage, studies the relationship between hip hop and love, examines rappers’ intimate relationships with God, and considers the impact of boys' early childhood sexual violations on their adult intimacy. Dr. Utley’s expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network and other radio, print, and online outlets. As an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and interpersonal communication. In addition to creating Love Lines, Dr. Utley is board chair and director of technology for The Infidelity Counseling Network. Her endeavors and expertise are archived at

Portrait of Rachel N. Hastings

Dr. Rachel N. Hastings
Pedagogical Curator

Born and raised in California, Rachel N. Hastings, Ph.D. is the daughter of a Filipino American mother and an African American father. Her interest in performance and online education motivated her to join the Love Lines team. As a poet and playwright, she has performed at colleges and venues throughout the U.S. and abroad. Hastings’ work is published in Women & Language, The Radical Philosophy Review, The Guardian (Nigeria), and Liminalities.  Her research focuses on performance and representations of race, culture and identity across multiple contexts. She is a Professor of Communication at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA.

Portrait of Vivianna Goh

Vivianna Goh
Research Assistant

Vivianna Goh is a junior at California State University Long Beach. She is a nutrition major with a strong interest in communication studies. She was an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) assistant for two years researching subjects as diverse as feminism in popular culture, romantic relationships, and educational technology. Goh continues researching through Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), an intensive research-training program for CSULB undergraduate students interested in exploring careers in health-related research.