Brian H. Spitzberg received his Ph.D. in Communication Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California in 1981. He is currently Senate Distinguished Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. He is the 2011 honoree of the National Communication Association Larry Kibler Memorial Award, and in 2009 he received the Western States Communication Association Scholar Award for lifetime contribution to the discipline and association. His 1994 coauthored book The Dark Side of Relationship Pursuit: From Attraction to Obsession and Stalking, won the biennial International Association for Relationship Research Book Award in 1996. He is author or coauthor of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has coauthored or co-edited several scholarly books on communication competence, communication skills assessment, and the dark side of communication. His primary areas of research involve interpersonal communication skills, meme diffusion, conflict, aggression, and stalking.