Prof. Johanna Kantola, Ph.D. - Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor - Summer term 2016


Johanna Kantola works as a research fellow in gender studies in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research is focussed on understanding different gender policies in Europe, the feminist movement and the feminist theory of the state. Her research project, “Feminized actors of masculine institutions? Gender, power and party politics in Finland”, analyses the Europeanisation of Finnish gender policy. She is a member of a number of international research networks and has a prominent role in European gender studies. From 2007 to 2009 she was the co-convener of the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Gender and Politics. Kantola is also a board member of various Finnish organisations, such as the Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender and the European Union
  • Intersectionality and multiple discrimination
  • State feminism and gender equality machineries
  • Feminist theories of the state
  • Representation

Courses and Lectures as Marie Jahoda Visiting Professor
Gender Equality: Ideas, Strategies and Challenges
Course, Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, summer term 2015, 2–4 p.m., GBCF 05/606 (with Prof. Dr. Heike Kahlert)

Gender, Politics and Culture of the Economic Crisis
Lecture, Colloquium of the Faculty of Social Science, Ruhr University Bochum, 24 June 2015, 4–6 p.m., GC 04/45

Cooperation with University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr):

Panel member:Gender and Political Analysis: Exploring Hegemonies, Silences and Novelties
Essen College of Gender Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, 8 July 2015, 9.30–12.30 a.m., R12 S06 HO1.

Selected Publications
Kantola, Johanna and Karen Celis and Georgina Waylen and Laurel Welden. 2013. The Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kantola, Johanna. 2010. Gender and the European Union. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kantola, Johanna. 2010. Shifting institutional and ideational terrains: the impact of Europeanisation and neoliberalism on women’s policy agencies. Policy & Politics 38 (3): 353–368.

Kantola, Johanna. 2006. Feminists Theorize the State. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.