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Emily Leskinen

Emily LeskinenAssociate Professor of Social Science

Year Joined RCNJ: 2017

Contact Information


  • PhD, Psychology with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
  • MSW, University of Michigan
  • MA, Social Science with a focus on Human Rights, University of Chicago
  • BA, Political Science; Psychology; Women’s Studies, St. Olaf College

Convening Groups:

  • Social Science
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Courses Offered:

  • Social Science Inquiry
  • Trauma
  • Current Topics in Gender & Sexuality
  • Gender-Based Violence

Teaching Interests:

  • Social Issues
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Interdisciplinary courses concerning Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies

Research Interest:

As an applied social/organizational psychologist, I take an interdisciplinary approach to examining social inequalities and injustices. I use an intersectional framework, which recognizes that membership in multiple social groups (e.g., gender, race, sexual orientation) creates unique experiences for individuals. I have pursued three lines of research that address these core interests: (1) sex-based harassment, (2) stereotyping and prejudice, and (3) social attitudes and health behaviors. I have also explored the applications of research to public policy.

Recent Publications:

Leskinen, E., Cusano, J., Fenneberg, L., & Cascardi, M. (2022). Campus climate assessments: Limitations of siloing sexual violence and diversity surveys. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. 

Ogden, S. N., Leskinen, E., Sarma, E. A., Wainwright, J. V., & Rendle, K. A. (2021). Effects of message framing on cervical cancer screening knowledge and intentions related to primary HPV testing. Cancer Prevention Research, 14(9), 839-844.

Cascardi, M., Cusano, J., Bedley, C., Fenneberg, L., Leskinen, E., Perez-Maldonado, R., & Ranjan, S. (2020 March 25). Promoting the practice of data analysis through campus climate surveys (pp. 8-81). In Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment Working Group. State of New Jersey, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education publication.

Available at:

Warner, L. R. & Leskinen, E., & Levya, J. (2020). Sexuality socialization. In N. A. Naples (Ed.), Companion to Sexuality Studies. Wiley-Blackwell.

Rendle, K. A. S. & Leskinen, E. (2017). Timing is everything: Exploring parental decisions to delay HPV vaccination. Qualitative Health Research, 27(9), 1380-1390.

Leskinen, E., Rabelo, V., & Cortina, L. (2015). Gender stereotyping and harassment: A “catch-22” for women in the workplace.  Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 21(2), 192-204.

Leskinen, E. & Cortina, L. (2014). Dimensions of disrespect: Mapping and measuring gender harassment in organizations. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38, 107-123.

Cortina, L., Kabat-Farr, D., Leskinen, E., Huerta, M., & Magley, V. (2013). Selective incivility as modern discrimination in organizations: Evidence and impact. Journal of Management, 39, 1579-1605.

Cortina, L. & Leskinen, E. (2013). Sex-based harassment at work. In C. Garcia-Moreno & A. Riecher-Rössler (Eds.), Violence Against Women as a Risk Factor for Mental Health. Basel, Switzerland: Karger.

Leskinen, E., Cortina, L., & Kabat, D. (2011). Gender harassment: Broadening our understanding of sex-based harassment at work. Law and Human Behavior, 35, 25- 39.

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