Jennifer Suchland

Jennifer Suchland

Jennifer Suchland

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies + Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures


400 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Human Trafficking
  • Critical Human Rights
  • Feminist Political Economy
  • Law & Cultural Studies
  • Transnational Feminist Studies


  • Ph.D. Department of Government, University of Texas, 2005 with Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies
  • M.A. Department of Government, University of Texas, 2000

Jennifer Suchland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures and the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her scholarship and public engagement have take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of how rights categories emerge, evolve and circulate culturally and through law. She recently published Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (Duke University Press, 2015), a genealogy of global human trafficking discourse in and through the end of the Cold War.

In addition to critical human rights, cultural studies, and transnational feminist studies, Suchland is thinking about human rights in the anthropocene, race and political homophobia in Russia, and the poetics and scales of data. She is also a co-0rdinator for the Human Rights in Transit pilot project. 

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