Johanna Kantola


Curriculum Vitae


I started as a Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Tampere in August 2017. These pages contain old information, Please visit my homepage for most up to date information:

I worked as Academy Research Fellow (2012-2017) in Gender Studies in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies where I also have a permanent position as Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies. I obtained my PhD in politics from the University of Bristol in 2004 and became a docent in politics in the University of Helsinki in 2007. I have previously worked as ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Bristol (2005), Senior Lecturer (2006-2008), Professor (2008-2009) and University Researcher (2009-2011) in the Department of Political Science in the University of Helsinki, as Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies in the University of Jyväskylä (2011) and Professor in Gender Studies in University of Helsinki (2012). I was awarded the Good Teacher Award by the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2008 and the Academic of the Year Award by the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers in 2009.


My research areas include:

  • Gender, power and political parties
  • Gender and the European Union
  • Intersectionality
  • Gender equality policies, state feminism and gender equality machineries
  • Feminist theories of the state
  • Representation


I have just finished my third international monograph Gender and Political Analysis (with Emanuela Lombardo, forthcoming with Palgrave 2016). My second international monograph Gender and the European Union was published by Palgrave in 2010 as was my first international monograph Feminists Theorize the State (2006) and the co-edited volume Changing State Feminism (2007, with Joyce Outshoorn). I recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013, with Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis and Laurel Weldon). I am also the Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s hugely successful book series Gender and Politics Book Series with Sarah Childs. My research has appeared in a wide range of international refereed journals including Politics & Gender; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Social Politics; European Journal of Women’s Studies; International Political Science Review; Legislative Studies; Policy & Politics; Gender, Work & Organization; Representation; and British Journal of Politics and International Relations; as well as a number of international edited volumes. My research on feminist state theories has also been re-published in the Women, Gender and Politics: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2010).


My Academy Research Fellow project (2012-2018) is titled "Feminized actors or masculine institutions? Gender, Power and Party Politics in Finland". It provides the first-ever in depth analysis of political parties in Finland from a gender perspective. In addition to my new monograph, Gender and Political Analysis (see above), findings of the project are coming out in 2016 in a special issue of Party Politics that I co-edited with Karen Celis and Sarah Childs (two articles), in Gender, Work & Organization (two articles), and in the book Gender, Politics and the Crisis in Europe (with Emanuela Lombardo, with Palgrave 2017). Four other articles are in the review process.


I am directing the research project Gender and Power in Reconfigured Corporatist Finland (GePoCo) funded by the University of Helsinki Research Funds (2015-2017). Together with Ville Kainulainen and Milja Saari we research the gendered practices of Finnish corporatist processes.


I am at the management committee of the COST Action IS1209 ProsPol Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Goverment (2013-2017). I participate in a number of other international research networks including Research Network on Gender, Governance and the State (RNGS), Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN), Rethinking Women’s Substantive Representation (RWSR), and Multidimensional Equality and Democratic Diversity (DEMDI) research network funded by Nordforsk (2009–2011). I was the co-convener of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Gender and Politics (2007-2009) and in this capacity organized the hugely successful First European Conference on Politics and Gender (ECPG) in the Queen’s University of Belfast in January 2009 and I was in the organizing committee of the Third ECPG held in Barcelona in March 2013.


In addition to these international activities, I have published an edited volume in Finnish titled Tasa-arvo toisin nähtynä: Oikeuden ja politiikan näkökulmia tasa-arvoon ja yhdenvertaisuuteen (Gaudeamus, 2012, with Kevät Nousiainen and Milja Saari), Toinen mailmanpolitiikka: 10 käsitettä feministiseen kansainvälisten suhteiden tutkimukseen (Vastapaino, 2007, with Johanna Valenius) and a monograph Mykät, kuurot ja kadotetut. Sukupuolten välinen tasa-arvo Helsingin yliopiston yleisen valtio-opin laitoksella (2005). I am the co-director of the new Gender, Culture and Society Doctoral Programme in the University of Helsinki.  I was the co-editor of the Finnish Women’s Studies Journal Naistutkimus-Kvinnoforskning (2004-2005).  I was a board member of the Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations (NYTKIS) and was a vice board member of Gender Equality Council (TANE) and was the vice-chair person and the founding member of the Association of Helsinki Women Researchers (2006-2009).

Highlighted publications

  1. The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics

    Georgina, W. (ed.), Celis, K. (ed.), Kantola, J. (ed.) & Weldon, L. (ed.), 2013, Oxford University Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  2. Constituting Women’s Interests through Representative Claims

    Celis, K., Childs, S., Kantola, J. & Krook, M. L., 2014, In : Politics & Gender. 10, 2, p. 149-174

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. From state feminism to market feminism?

    Kantola, J. & Squires, J., 2012, In : International Political Science Review. 33, 4, p. 382-400 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. Gendering violence in the school shootings in Finland

    Kantola, J., Norocel, C. & Repo, J., 2011, In : European Journal of Women's Studies. 18, 2, p. 183-197

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  5. Gender and the European Union

    Kantola, J., 2010, Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  6. Institutionalising Intersectionality in Europe: introducing the themes

    Nousiainen, K. & Kantola, J., 2009, In : International Feminist Journal of Politics. 11, 4, p. 459-477 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  7. Tasa-arvo toisin nähtynä: Oikeuden ja politiikan näkökulmia tasa-arvoon ja yhdenvertaisuuteen

    Kantola, J., Nousiainen, K. & Saari, M., 2012, Gaudeamus.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

    Johanna Kantola (Editor in chief)
    2009 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of series

  2. European Network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE) (External organisation)

    Johanna Kantola (Expert member)
    2014 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

  3. ISCH COST Action IS1209 (External organisation)

    Johanna Kantola (Board member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

  4. Assistant director of the Gender, Culture and Society doctoral programme

    Johanna Kantola (Assistant director)

    Activity: Examination typesAssistant director of or other significant role in doctoral programme

  5. The Finnish Institute in London (External organisation)

    Johanna Kantola (Board member)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

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Latest prizes

  1. Vuoden 2015 Tasa-arvoteko

    Johanna Kantola (Recipient), 1 Oct 2015

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. The Good Teacher Award 2008

    Johanna Kantola (Recipient), 11 Jun 2008

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  3. The Academic of the Year Award 2009

    Johanna Kantola (Recipient), 15 Sep 2009

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Tasa-arvotietoa talouteen

    Elomäki, A., Kantola, J., Koivunen, A. & Ylöstalo, H.

    Koneen Säätiö

    01/01/2016 → …

    Project: Other projectOther activities

  2. GePoCo - Gender and Power in Reconfigured Corporatist Finland

    Kantola, J., Saari, M., Kainulainen, V. & Koskinen Sandberg, P.

    University of Helsinki


    Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project_Research

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