Jessica Penwell Barnett, Ph.D.

Sociology & Anthropology
Associate Professor
Millett Hall 261, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Jessica Barnett is an Associate Professor of Sexuality & Gender Studies in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.  Jessica earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at the University of Windsor in Canada and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Indiana University.  With an interdisciplinary focus on sexuality, health, and social justice, Jessica's work is motivated by how different understandings of humanity and the common good are articulated in and through the regulation of the body and intimate practices.  Her research agenda currently includes projects on sexual citizenship for disabled people in the U.S. and experiences of gender-based violence and related stigma in Kenya.

Education History

2014   University of Windsor             Ph.D.   Sociology, Specialization in Social Justice

2009   University of Windsor            M.A.     Sociology, Specialization in Sex & Gender

2003   Indiana University                  B.A.      Psychology



Introduction to Sexual Health & Diversity (WGS 1000)

Social Problems (SOC 2200)

Introduction to Sexuality Studies (WGS 3000)

Sociological Theory (SOC 3500)

Research Methods in Liberal Arts (WGS 3700)

Sex Education Practicum (WGS 4000)

Disability: Politics, Power, Privilege (SOC 4091/6090; WGS 4500/6500)

Global Sexualities & Human Rights (WGS 4200/6200; SOC 4090/6090; PLS 4600/6600)

Feminist Research Methods (SOC 4090/6090; WGS 4700/6700)

Theories of Sexuality (WGS 4500/6500; SOC 4091/6091)

Research Methods I (ABS 7100)


Director, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program 2017-2018

Coordinator, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program 2018-2019

Co-Chair, Disability Division, Society for the Scientific Study of Social Problems 2016-2018


Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor, Jessica Penwell Barnett, and Trocaire, Kenya. 2019. "Exploring the Relationship Between Stigma, Stigma Challenges, and Disclosure Among Slum-Dwelling Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in Kenya." Violence Against Women. doi:10.1177/1077801219856101. 

Barnett, Jessica Penwell. 2017. "Intersectional Harassment and Deviant Embodiment Among Autistic Adults: (Dis)Ability, Gender, Sexuality.” Culture, Health, & Sexuality 19(11):1210-1224. doi:10.1080/13691058.2017.1309070. 

Barnett, Jessica Penwell, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, and Trocaire, Kenya. 2016. "Stigma as Social Control: Gender Based Violence Stigma, Life Chances, and Moral Order in Kenya." Social Problems 63:447-462. doi:10.1093/socpro/spw012.

Barnett, Jessica Penwell, and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale. 2015. “Qualitative Exploration of Sexual Experiences among Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Implications for Sexuality Education.” Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health 47(4):171-179.

Barnett, Jessica Penwell. 2014. “Polyamory and criminalization of plural ‘conjugal unions’ in Canada: Competing narratives in the s.293 Reference.” Sexuality Research & Social Policy 11(1):63-75.


Barnett, Jessica Penwell, Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, and the HP4RY Team. 2011. “The gift of agency: Sexual exchange scripts among Nigerian youth.” The Journal of Sex Research 48(4):349-359.


Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor and Jessica Penwell Barnett. 2010. “Peer led reproductive health interventions for youth: A review.” Evaluation and Program Planning 33(2):98-112.


2020 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teacher Award

2016-2017 Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, College of Liberal Arts, Wright State University

2016-2017 Inclusion Infusion Grant: Increasing Underrepresented Students’ Participation in High Impact Educational Activities, Division of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Wright State University

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