I am a Mellon/ACLS dissertation fellow at the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University, and a visiting PhD student at the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Princeton University. My research focuses on technologies and cultures of governance, migration, sexuality and gender and precarization.
In my ethnographic dissertation, I examine a feminist-inspired prostitution and anti-trafficking policy approach and its intersections with immigration controls from the perspective of migrant sex workers. My dissertation draws on large-scale ethnographic, interview and media data, including 210 interviews with migrant sex workers, policy-makers, police forces and activists in the Nordic region (Sweden, Norway, Finland) where the approach originates.
My work is informed by more than a decade of experience working in feminist, migrants' and sex workers' rights campaigns and grassroots networks. From 2015-2017, I was the main researcher of the multidisciplinary Deported project funded by the Kone Foundation that brought together artists, journalists, activists and researchers to raise awareness of the effects of border regimes and criminalization of migration. The project won the Visual Journalism of the Year Award in 2017.
Awards & Honors
My work has been recognized by the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship, The Law and Society Association Article Prize Honorable Mention, the Fulbright Foundation, the Visual Journalism of the Year Award, the American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, and the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology, among others.
My research research has been featured in various newspapers, including The Economist and The New York Times.
2013–present: PhD Student, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University
2010 Master of Social Sciences, Sociology, University of Helsinki.
2010 Bachelor of Social Sciences, Sociology, University of Helsinki.