The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Jemima Repo

Senior Lecturer in the Politics of Gender


Research interests

Feminist theory, biopolitics, contemporary social and political theory, the politics of population, political economy, Palestine, European far right politics, popular culture


  • Docent, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Helsinki
  • MSc, Political Science, University of Helsinki
  • BA, Political Science, 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

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Co-editor, Contemporary Political Theory
Past roles
  • Degree Programme Director for Politics and Economics (LL21)
  • Deputy Politics Degree Programme Director
  • Combined Honours Subject Liaison for Politics (Y001)
  • Co-convenor, Gender and Politics Research Group


My research is mainly located in the intersection of feminist political theory and biopolitics. My book The Biopolitics of Gender (Oxford University Press, 2015) introduced 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 Gender & SocietyHypatia, Journal of Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, Perspectives on Politics, Political Quarterly, Environment and Planning D: Society & Space, Choice, Times Higher Education, American Review of Politics 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 commodification of feminist activism, funded by the Kone Foundation, and another on the biopolitics of checkpoints in Palestine as a member of the Palestine Research Group.

I am a co-editor of Contemporary Political Theory

Ongoing funded projects

  • The Commodification of Feminist Activism (Kone Foundation, 2020-2023)

Past funded projects


I am on research leave from 2020 to 2023.

Past modules

  • POL2113: Sex, Gender and Power
  • POL8058: Sex, Race and Biopolitics

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

Adrianna Grezelak: Bio-necropolitical (im)mobilities and productions of everyday life during a global pandemic