Professor & Chair
Pronouns: she, her, hers
- Ph.D., M.S., Human Development & Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University
- B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
- CD/Psy 306 Adolescence
- CD 329 Research Methods in Child Development
- CD 350 Developmental Issues in Education
- PSY 256 Developmental Psychology
My general interest is the socialization of gender differences. In other words, why are boys and girls, men and women, different? My research has addressed the issue of gender differences in school achievement with a particular focus on how early gender inequities persist as girls/women move through the educational pipeline leading to careers in STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering and math). My current work focuses on gender and casual sexual relationships. Specifically, I examine whether Friends with Benefits relationships allow for sexual agency among emerging adult women.
Selected Publications/Professional Activities
- Jovanovic, J., & Williams, J. C. (2018). Gender, sexual agency, and friends with benefits relationships. Sexuality & Culture, 22, 555-576.
- Armstrong, M. A., & Jovanovic, J. (2017). The intersectional matrix: Rethinking institutional change for URM women in STEM. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10, 216-231.
- Armstrong, M. A. & Jovanovic, J. (2015). Starting at the crossroads: Intersectional approaches to institutionally supporting underrepresented minority women STEM faculty. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 21, 141-157.
- Williams, J.C. & Jovanovic, J. (2015). Third wave feminism and emerging adult sexuality: Friends with benefits relationships. Sexuality & Culture, 19, 157-171.
- Jovanovic, J. & Armstrong, M.A. (2014). Mission possible: Empowering institutions with strategies for change. Peer Review, 16.