Feb. 1:

Niina Vuolajarvi
Ph.D. student, Rutgers University

“Governing in the Name of Caring: The Nordic Model of Prostitution and Its Punitive Consequences for Migrants Who Sell Sex”

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
53 Washington Square South

All are welcome, but please RSVP to so that we can leave your name at the door.

niinavuolajarviNiina Vuolajarvi is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University; her tentative dissertation title is Precarious Intimacies: Migration and Commerical Sex Under the Mordic Model. She has several publications based on her research in this area, including a forthcoming book next year in Finland for a general audience. She’s been invited to speak on this topic at Rutgers University, Columbia University, John Jay College, Stockholm University, the Hailuoto Theater Festival, the Finnish Parliament, among others, as well as a workshop organizer at the 16th Nordic Migration Research Conference and the Finnish Sociological Association’s annual conference in 2011. As well as research, in 2012 she founded the Feminist Initiative Finland, a network promoting human rights–based prostitution policies; she was a lead organizer of the Free Movement-network in Finland, which promotes migrants’ rights, and co-founded the network’s Legal Advice Center for Migrants. Her experience and research has been featured multiple times in the Scandinavian media over the past six years. As well, she has been a board member of the Rights Without Border Association, the Finnish Researcher’s Association, and the Finnish Feminist Association Union, and an expert member for the Anti-Trafficking Network in Finland. She’s had numerous fellowships and grants, including Fulbright grants, the American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, and the Finnish Kone Foundation.