Deborah Tolman

Deborah Tolman - Professor -  profile photo

Research Interests

  • Feminist Theory; Sexuality


  • Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University

Dr. Tolman's primary appointment is in Social Welfare, which is the doctoral program jointly located here at the GC and at Hunter College School of Social Work. She is delighted to be putting down roots in the SP program now as well. Dr. Tolman's research is on adolescent sexuality, specifically the "unmentionables" around pleasure as well as danger, agency as well as prevention for girls. In recent years, her research has been around desire for connection as well as embodied sexual feelings for boys (all sexualities), gender (understood as ideologies) and its development, sexualization of girls and women, and how sexuality, relationships and negotiation of popular culture, youth culture and adult fears and notions are interwoven over the course of adolescence.