The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Jemima Repo

Lecturer in the Politics of Gender


Research interests

Feminist theory, biopolitics, contemporary social and political theory, the politics of popuation, political economy, European far right politics, violence, 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

  • 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
  • Co-editor, Contemporary Political Theory


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 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 and another on the biopolitics of checkpoints in Palestine.

I am a co-editor of Contemporary Political Theory and the co-convenor of the Gender and Politics Research Group at Newcastle University,

Ongoing funded projects

  • The Commodification of Feminist Activism (Kone Foundation, 2019-2022)
  • Checkpoints Beyond the Checkpoint: Implications for women left at home (British Academy/Leverhulme small grant, 2018-2019)
  • Biopolitics and Democracy (Academy of Finland project grant, 2015-2019)

Past funded projects


2018-2019 Academic Year

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

Feedback, guidance and consultation hours

Tuesdays 3-4pm
Wednesdays 4-6pm

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