Jennifer Suchland

Associate Professor
Core Faculty

I am an interdisciplinary scholar, trained in political & feminist theory and area studies and jointly appointed in Slavic and East European Languages & Cultures and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  I teach and advise students in both programs as well as in the International Studies program (including with the Human Rights Minor).

My research, teaching and ethical commitments are to a robust study of rights, law and political discourses as they are culturally and geopolitically entangled. I have been interested in how rights categories emerge and evolve and what is at stake in those articulations. My book, Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (Duke University Press, 2015), is a genealogy of global human trafficking discourse in and through the end of the Cold War. The project is linked to transnational feminist studies, postsocialist cultural studies, and critical human rights.

I have several current projects focused on Russia, including research on race and decolonialism. In addition, I am engaged in collaborative academic and community projects concerned with critical human rights and posthumanism, including work on “modern day slavery.”  In collaboration several OSU faculty and students, I am working on the Human Rights in Transit project, which is an Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme pilot project.

My current publications can be found here:


Book Publications

  • Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking (Duke University Press, 2015)


Areas of Expertise
  • Law & Cultural Studies
  • Critical Human Rights
  • Critical Theory
  • 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

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