People

Dr. Brad Sagarin is a professor of social and evolutionary psychology at Northern Illinois University where he studies social influence, resistance to persuasion, deception, jealousy, infidelity, and human sexuality. Brad has been published in a variety of scholarly journals, has given radio interviews, has consulted for radio and television programs, and has delivered invited lectures to academic and non-academic organizations. His research has been cited in newspapers and magazines, including The Economist and New Scientist. He holds Doctorate and Master's degrees in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Ellen Lee is a graduate student in the Social/Industrial-Organizational Psychology Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University. Her research interests include interpersonal dynamics, romantic relationships, sexual behavior, sexual arousal and disgust, stress, and stereotypes. As part of the BDSM Research Team she has presented workshops at the Southwest Leather Conference, the Leather Levi Weekend, the Master/slave Conference, and the Society of Janus. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's degree from Northern Illinois University.




Kathryn Klement is a graduate student in social psychology at Northern Illinois University.  Her primary research interest is human sexuality, and she has lines of work in sadomasochism, virginity and purity culture, and rape culture.  She has presented research on sadomasochism at national psychology conferences, as well as leather community conferences.  She received both a Masters degree and a Baccalaureate degree in psychology from Concordia University Chicago.



James Ambler is a graduate student in the Social/Industrial-Organizational Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University. James's research interests lie broadly in the realm of human sexuality, where he is interested in sadomasochism, altered states of consciousness, intimate relationships, sexual arousal and sexual disgust. As part of the BDSM Research Team, James presented workshops at the Southwest Leather Conference, the Leather Levi Weekend, and the Society of Janus. He completed his BA degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.



Bria Pruitt is an undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University. Her primary research interests are human sexuality, intimate relationships, sub-cultural norms and their fit within the larger society, evolutionary psychology, altered states of consciousness, and coping mechanisms. She has assisted the team in social networking, presenting at the Southwest Leather Conference, and collecting data. Bria will receive her BA from Northern Illinois University in 2014, and will be continuing her education as a student at large within the same program.





Sarah A. Hanson graduated from Northern Illinois University with her M.A. in Sociology in 2013, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Sociology at Georgia State University. Her master's thesis, titled "From Both Sides of the Whip: Authentic Authenticity Among Switches in the BDSM Community" focused on how people who switch roles in the SM community must manage, maintain, and negotiate their identity. Her main research interests are gender, sex, and sexuality and various topics include the intersection of these with pornography, BDSM, relationship satisfaction, and queer social movements. Sarah likes to travel when she can, and loves to be able to read a novel here and there. 




Dr. Bert Cutler (AKA Master Bert) got his Doctorate from The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (with his dissertation on Long Term BDSM Relationships), a Masters in Engineering from Arizona State University, and a Baccalaureate in Electronic Engineering from the University of Arizona. Retired as a professor of film, Bert is a board member of Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS). Master Bert is a founder of the Arizona Power Exchange, Inc., a founding board member of Butchmanns Inc., holds the title of International Master 2003, and is a presenter at BDSM conferences and events. He brings to the team an ongoing interest in intentional power-based relationships, an insider view on BDSM, and a history of positive community relations and good will.



Nadine Cutler (AKA slave nadine) is a licensed massage therapist, a research assistant, a founder of the Arizona Power Exchange, Inc., holder of the title International slave 2003, an instructor at Women's Butchmanns Experience since its first event in 2004, and a faculty member at Butchmanns Pansexual Experience. In 1984, she was formally collared by Master Bert as his slave, best friend, wife, and collaborator.