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Defining Love With OU Faculty and Staff

Defining Love with OU Faculty and Staff

What is love? It’s an age-old question with endless interpretations. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked experts from across the academic spectrum to give their perspective on the many facets of love. Explore the plurality of perspectives on the concept of love from some of the brightest minds in their fields, including architecture, literature, sociology and educational leadership.


Samuel Perry, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies

Dr. Perry explores how the concept of love has changed over time. As our society has evolved, so has our idea of love. Learn how social norms and communal expectations have transformed throughout history to inform our current understanding of love as a society.


Shane Hampton, Director of Institute for Quality Communities

Can one love a place? Shane Hampton of the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture and Director of the Institute for Quality Communities shares his perspective on how love of place can lead to individuals improving their community. Learn more from Shane below and explore how the IQC is benefiting local communities in Oklahoma.

Educational Leadership

Dr. Teara Lander, Director of Campus and Community Engagement, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Love is a verb according to Dr. Teara Lander. It is something we do, we feel, and is reflected in the actions we take to love others. Learn how her role as Director of Campus and Community Engagement challenges her to love in new ways every day.


Dr. Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Latinx Studies Director

Director of Latinx Studies. Dr. R.C. Davis explains how literature takes us deeper into the concept of love, beyond the initial rush of emotion, and into the hard-earned commitment to another person. Because literature can deal with the imperfection of love, he explains, it never tires of tracking where love takes us.


Cameron Siler, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Biology

Love may not be exclusive to humans but it is uniquely experienced by our species, Sam Noble Museum Assistant Herpetology Curator Cameron Siler argues. As an expert on amphibians and reptiles, Siler brings a unique perspective to the conversation around love.