The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Jemima Repo

Lecturer in the Politics of Gender


Research interests

Feminist political theory, biopolitics, theories of sex, gender, race and class, contemporary social and political theory, the politics of popuation, political economy, European far right politics, violence, popular culture


Docent in Gender Studies, University of Helsinki

PhD in Political Science (Politics), University of Helsinki

MSc in Political Science (World Politics), University of Helsinki

BA in Political Science (World Politics), University of Helsinki

Previous positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London

Visiting Lecturer, University of Groningen

Visiting Reseach Fellow, Waseda University


My research is mainly located in the intersection of feminist political theory and biopolitics. My book The Biopolitics of Gender (Oxford University Press, 2015) introduces a new theoretical and methodological approach to gender. It theorises and historicises gender as an apparatus of power developed initially in 1950s and 1960s US psychiatry to govern life and labour. I trace how it was then taken up by feminist theory, demography, and EU public policy as a means of accessing and struggling over the control of populations. Overall the book reconsiders the emancipatory potential of the idea of 'gender' for feminist theory and politics today. The book has been reviewed in Hypatia, Journal of Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, Perspectives on Politics, Environment and Planning D: Society & Space, Choice, Times Higher Education and LSE Review of Books and won the 2017 International Studies Association's Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Book Award.

I am currently working on two projects, one on the sexual politics of neoclassical economic theory, and the commodification of feminist activism.

I am a co-editor of Contemporary Political Theory.

Ongoing funded projects

Checkpoints Beyond the Checkpoint: Implications for women left at home (British Academy small grant, 2018-2019)

Biopolitics and Democracy (Academy of Finland project grant, 2015-2019)

Past funded projects

Politics and Numbers: Policy Instruments and Global Governance (Academy of Finland project grant, 2013-2017)


I am on research leave from September 2016 to August 2018.

PhD Supervision

Cai Weaver (University of Helsinki): The Russian Conservative Turn: Biopolitics and Sexuality

Hattie Cansino: Transnational Imaginaries and Telenovelas: Challenging Subjectivity Production in North-East Brazil

Leigh Ingham: Surfing the Fourth Wave: An analysis of the distinctive participatory repertoires demonstrated by young fourth wave feminists