Bailey M. Oliver, M.A.
Let’s get the important stuff out of the way first: [Beard Lover. Pug Owner. Wine Dependent. SNL Fanatic. Messy Cook. Southern Born & Raised. AZ Transplant.]
If you asked me when I was 8, I would have told you I wanted to be a talk show host when I grew up. At 18, a news anchor. And now, a communication researcher and professor. All of these dreams have one thing in common: I love hearing people’s stories and sharing those stories with others. Storytelling is my passion and this blog is no exception.
I grew up in a small town outside Birmingham, Alabama on my family’s hay farm. I have an older brother, Blake; older sister, Morgan; and a 7 y/o little brother, VJ. I come from a large (and loud) family which values the outdoors, good food, and even better music. [I knew who John, Paul, George, & Ringo were before any U.S. presidents].
I followed my older sister to an undergraduate degree and Greek organization at The University of Alabama where I spent 6 years, gaining 2 degrees and countless national football championships (RollTide/Hail Saban) before making the move out west.
I am currently a PhD student in Human Communication at Arizona State University where I study relationships in times of transition where conflict is likely to occur. Recently, I have studied romantic relationships, engagements, interracial friendships, masculinity, sororities, siblings, and blended families.
I started this blog to bridge the gap between academic research and the general public. I study relational conflict to uncover how partners/families/friends manage the tension in their everyday relationships. I am failing as a researcher if I do not provide this information in a platform that is accessible to those currently experiencing this conflict. TheRelationshipRevolution is here to provide other readers, bloggers, and the everyday human advice on how to navigate through this difficult thing we call life.
Hope you enjoy my posts and in the words of Ellen, be kind 🙂
[Pssssst, you. Yeah, hey you!] I welcome contributions from others on relational conflict! No degrees/experience required! If you would like to be a guest blogger for TRR, email submissions with your personal information and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.