Below you will find copies of my journal articles in pdf format, as well as links to my book publications and interviews in Vibrant Voices, Communication Currents, and The Critical Lede.


Jensen, R. E. (2016). Infertility: Tracing the history of a transformative term. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press.

Jensen, R. E. (2010). Dirty words: The rhetoric of public sex education, 1870-1924. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Publications–Journal Articles

Jensen, R. E., Parks, M. M., Mann, B. W., Maison, K., & Krall, M. A. (in-press). Mapping Nature’s scientist: The posthumous demarcation of Rosalind Franklin and her crystallographic data. Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Jensen, R. E., Martins, N., & Parks, M. M. (2018). Public perception of female fertility: Initial fertility, peak fertility, and age-related infertility among U.S. adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 1507-1516. doi:10.1007/s10508-018-1197-4

Jensen, R. E., & Blumling, A. N. (2018). Justifying an ideal first pregnancy age: Vernacular science knowledge and the facilitation of lay argument. Public Understanding of Science, 27, 325-337. doi:10.1177/0963662517727673

King, A. S., Jensen, R. E., Jones, C., & McCarthy, M. J. (2018). Occupational stigma communication: The anticipatory socialization of sex educators. Health Communication, 33, 1401-1409. doi:10.1080/10410236.2017.1353867

Williams, E. A., & Jensen, R. E. (2016). Conflicted identification in the sex education classroom: Balancing professional values with organizational mandates. Qualitative Health Research, 26, 1574-1586.

Jensen, R. E. (2015). An ecological turn in rhetoric of health scholarship: Attending to the historical flow and percolation of ideas, assumptions, and arguments. Communication Quarterly, 63, 522-526.

Jensen, R. E. (2015). Improving upon nature: The rhetorical ecology of chemical language, reproductive endocrinology, and the medicalization of infertility. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 101, 329-353.

Jensen, R. E. (2015). From barren to sterile: The evolution of a mixed metaphor. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 45, 25-46.

Jones, C., Jensen, R. E., & King, A. S. (2014). Future sex educator perceptions of rural verses urban instruction: A case for community-centered sexual health education. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 9, 464-484.

Martins, N., & Jensen, R. E. (2014). The relationship between ‘teen mom’ reality programming and teenagers’ beliefs about teen parenthood. Mass Communication and Society, 17, 830-852.

Carrion, M., & Jensen, R. E. (2014). Curricular decision-making among public school sex educators. Sex Education, 14, 623-634.

Doss, E. F., & Jensen, R. E. (2013). Balancing mystery and identification: Dolores Huerta’s shifting transcendent persona. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 99, 481-506.

Jensen, R. E., & King, A. S. (2012). The authoritative metaphor and social change: Surgeon General C. Everett Koop’s direct mailer, “Understanding AIDS.” Health Communication, 28, 592-602.

Jensen, R. E., Christy, K., Gettings, P., & Lareau, L. (2013). Interview and focus group research: A content analysis of scholarship published in ranked journals. Communication Methods and Measures, 7, 126-133.

Jensen, R. E. (2012). Sex education and self-efficacy: Toward a taxonomy of enactive mastery experiences. Health Education & Behavior, 39, 259-267.

Jensen, R. E., Williams, E. A., Holyoak, I. C., & Shorter, S. (2012). HIV/AIDS in Botswana: President Festus G. Mogae’s Narrative of Secular Conversion. Health Communication, 27, 19-29.

Jensen, R. E., Doss, E. F., & Ivic, R. (2011). Metaphorical invention in early photojournalism: New York Times coverage of the 1876 Brooklyn Theater fire and the 1911 Shirtwaist Factory fire. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 28, 334-352.

Bute, J. J., & Jensen, R. E. (2011). Narrative sense-making and time lapse: Interviews with low-income women about sex education. Communication Monographs, 78, 212-232.

Jensen, R. E. (2010). A content analysis of youth sexualized language and imagery in adult film packaging, 1995-2007.  Journal of Children and Media, 4, 371-386.

Jensen, R. E., & Bute, J. J. (2010). Fertility-related perceptions and behaviors among low-income women: Injunctive norms, sanctions, and the assumption of choice. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 1573-1584.

Bute, J. J., & Jensen, R. E. (2010). Low-income women describe fertility-related expectations: Descriptive norms, injunctive norms, and behavior. Health Communication, 25, 681-691.

Jensen, R. E., Doss, E. F., Janssen, C. I., & Bower, S. A. (2010). Theorizing the transcendent persona: Amelia Earhart’s vision in The Fun of It. Communication Theory, 20, 1-20.

Jensen, R. E. (2008). Sexual polysemy: The discursive ground of talk about sex and education in U.S. history. Communication, Culture & Critique, 1, 396-415.

Jensen, R. E. (2007). Using science to argue for sexual education in U.S. public schools: Ella Flagg Young and the 1913 “Chicago Experiment.Science Communication, 29, 217-241.

Rintamaki, L. S., Kosenko, K. A., Scott, A. M., & Jensen, R. E. (2007). Patient perceptions of HIV stigma in healthcare contexts. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 21, 956-969.

Jensen, R. E., & Jensen, J. D. (2007). Entertainment media and sexual health: A content analysis of sexual talk, behavior, and risks in a popular television series. Sex Roles, 56, 275-284.

Jensen, R. E. (2005). The eating disordered lifestyle: Imagetexts and the performance of similitude. Argumentation and Advocacy, 42, 1-18.

Publications–Book Chapters

Singer, S., Bloom-Pojar, R., Dubriwny, T., Kinney, T., McFarlane, M. Murawski, C., Stockwell, J., & Jensen R. E. (2018). Reevaluating our commitments: Intersectionality, interdisciplinarity, and the future of feminist rhetoric. In J. Rice, & C. Graham (Eds.), Rhetoric’s Change. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press.

Jensen, R. E. (2015). Rhetoric of risk. In H. Cho, T. Reimer, & K. A. McComas (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Risk Communication (pp. 86-98). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Publications–Review Essays

Jensen, R. E. (2008). Women’s rhetoric in history: A process-oriented turn and continued recovery. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 94, 100-112.

Publications–Book Reviews

Jensen, R. E. (2019). [Review of the book Reimagining Advocacy: Rhetorical Education in the Legal Clinic]. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 105, 235-239.

Jensen, R. E. (2016). [Review of the book A Question of Sex: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Differences That Matter]. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 102, 307-332. doi:10.1080/00335630.2016.1192247

Jensen, R. E. (2014). [Review of the book Women and Rhetoric Between the Wars]. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 44, 103-106.

Jensen, R. E. (2013). [Review of the book Evolutionary Rhetoric: Sex, Science, and Free Love in Nineteenth-Century Feminism]. International Journal of Communication, 7, 1511-1513.

Jensen, R. E. (2013). Literacy as preventative: Targeting adolescents via progressive era sexual-health texts. [Review of the book What Adolescents Ought to Know: Sexual Health Texts in Early Twentieth-Century America]. Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 12, 428-430.

Jensen, R. E. (2005). [Review of the book The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot]. Rhetoric and Public Affairs, 8, 501-504.

Jensen, R. E. (2004). [Review of the book FDR and Fear Itself: The First Inaugural Address]. Argumentation and Advocacy, 40, 200-202.

Links to Interviews and Discussion of my Work

Interviewee                                         Beat Infertility [podcast]                                                May 2018

Interviewee                                         Waiting for Babies [podcast]                                        May 2018

Invited Author                                    Vibrant Voices of Public Address                                 Sept. 2012

Invited Author                                    Communication Currents, vol. 6                                   Dec. 2011

Invited Author                                    Communication Currents, vol. 6                                  June 2011

Interviewee                                        The Critical Lede [podcast]                                           Jan. 2011