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Jennifer Suchland

Jennifer  Suchland

Jennifer Suchland

Associate Professor


1-614 292-1021

113C University Hall

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I am on research leave 2023-2024.

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Human Rights | Trafficking Studies
  • Postsocialist Cultural Studies | Gender, Sexuality + Race
  • 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
  • B.A. Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, 1996

I am interested in how human rights categories emerge and are contested within relations of geopolitical power, colonial relations, and gendered, sexual, and racial formations. In particular, I focus on labor exploitation, forced labor, and human trafficking. Relatedly, I examine how recognition of harm, such as gender and sex-based violence, can collude with systems of state and colonial violence. I work within the transnational contexts of Russia, East Europe, and the U.S. 

My first book, Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (2015) is an analysis of the resurgence of global anti-trafficking discourse at the end of the Cold War. The central argument is that trafficking is understood as an aberration to economic systems and state policies. This view is the result of the historical confluence of postsocialist neoliberalism with a narrow anti-violence feminist agenda in which criminal punishment is imagined as the remedy for complex forms of gendered and racialized economic exploitation. To this day, there is a human rights deficit at the heart of anti-trafficking.

My current work includes a book manuscript on the anti-trafficking moniker "modern day slavery" and essays on sexuality and nationalism in Russia. I also am involved in several collaborations focused on public education and social justice.  

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2024 Graduate Admissions:
I am not able to advise additional students at this time.