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Jennifer Chmielewski

Jennifer Chmielewski recently received her PhD in Critical Social/Personality Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, and is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University. Her research uses critical feminist theories and methods to explore diverse young people’s embodiment and lived experiences of gender, desire, and sexual identity through an intersectional and social justice lens. Her current work explores young women's' experiences of sexual desire as they are informed by social and relational contexts and inequities. Previously, she was also a research blogger and editor for SPARK, an inter-generational feminist activist organization that helps girls push back against the sexualization of girls and women in the media (

Recent Publications:


Chmielewski, J. F., Bowman, C. P., & Tolman, D. L. (2020). Pathways to pleasure and
protection: Exploring embodiment, desire, and entitlement to pleasure as predictors of
Black and White young women’s sexual agency. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 44(3),

Tolman, D. L. & Chmielewski, J. F. (2019). Toward women wanting. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(6), 1709-1714.


Tolman, D. L. & Chmielewski, J. F. (2018). From tightrope to minefield: How the sexual double standard “lives” in adolescent girls’ and young women’s lives. In S. Lamb & J. Gilbert (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook on Sexual Development.

Chmielewski, J. F. (2017). A Listening Guide analysis of lesbian and bisexual young Women of Color’s experiences of sexual objectification. Sex Roles, 77(7-8), 533-549.

Chmielewski, J. F., Tolman, D. L., & Kincaid, H. (2017). Constructing risk and responsibility: A gender, race, and class analysis of news representations of adolescent sexuality. Feminist Media Studies, 17(3), 412-425.

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