I am a feminist science studies and cultural studies scholar. I work currently as Academy Research Fellow in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere Uniersity (2018-2023). I have previously worked as Research Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2016-2018), and as Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher in Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki (2012-2016).
My research interests focus on the role of biomedicine and biotechnologies in ongoing processes of societal change, and the effects of emerging health phenomena such as new infectious diseases on everyday life. I am particularly interested in the processes through which embodied biotechnologies, such as biologically derived medicines, genetic tests or self-tracking technologies, become accepted, contested or routinized. My current Academy Research Fellow’s project addresses these questions through recent debates about vaccines in Europe. In my previous research, I have analyzed biotechnological and biomedical change by focusing on the cultural uses of population genetics and ancient DNA (aDNA) as well as the continuities and disconnections between different forms of evolutionary theory.
My research centers around three interlinked theoretical questions. First, I explore the role of affect and emotions in processes of biotechnological change. Second, I approach affect as embedded in assumptions about intersectional differences, especially gender, sexuality, race, class, age and disability. Third, I view both affect and differences as taking shape through cultural narratives and technoscientific imaginaries of risk, promise and better futures.
I am an Associate Editor of Science as Culture. I’m also a member of the steering committee of Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health.