Jenn Chmielewski

Advisor: Deborah Tolman

Jennifer Chmielewski is a doctoral student in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research uses critical feminist theories and methods to explore women and girls’ embodiment and lived experiences of gender, desire and sexual identity through an intersectional and social justice lens. Her dissertation explores how diverse women experience and make meaning of their sexual desire. She was 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. Currently, she is also the Project Director and Senior Editor of, founded by Deborah Tolman, to build and disseminate critical gender and sexuality research to the public.


First Doctoral Exam: Tracing the Looking-Glass Self: Heterosexual women’s internalization and negotiations of idealized femininity

2nd Year Project: A listening guide analysis of lesbian and bisexual girls of color navigating sexual objectification

Recent Publications:

Tolman, D. L. & Chmielewski, J. F. (2018). Towards women wanting. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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.

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.

Chmielewski, J. F., Belmonte, K., Stoudt, B., & Fine, M. (2016). Intersectional inquiries with LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youth of color: Participatory research on discipline disparities at the race/gender/sexuality nexus. In R. Skiba, K. Mediratta, and K. Rausch (Eds.), Inequality in school discipline: Research and practice to reduce disparities (pp. 171-188). New York: Palgrave Press.

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