Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an intimacy expert. Her groundbreaking book, Rap and Religion: Understanding The Gangsta’s God, examines rappers’ intimate relationships with God. In her other research, she explores intimacy interrupted by infidelity, investigates beliefs about marriage, studies the relationship between hip hop and love, considers the impact of early childhood sexual violations on adults, and scrutinizes the effects of technology on intimacy.
Dr. Utley’s expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network and other radio, print, and online outlets. She is also chairwoman of the board for Infidelity Counseling Network and creator of the online relationship game, Love Lines. Dr. Utley lectures at universities around the world, and is an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach.