Johanna is Professor of Gender Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere, Finland. She obtained her PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol in 2004 and became Docent in Politics at the University of Helsinki in 2007.
She is the director of the ERC Consolidator Grant (2018-2023) funded research project Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe: A study of European Parliament’s party groups (EUGenDem, link: https://research.uta.fi/eugendem/). She is also the director of the Academy of Finland (2016-2020) funded research project Gender and Power in Reconfigured Corporatist Finland (GePoCo, link: https://research.uta.fi/gepoco/).
Her most recent monographs include Gender and Political Analysis (with Emanuela Lombardo, Palgrave, 2017), Gender and the European Union (Palgrave, 2010). She has co-edited The Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2013, with Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis and Laurel Weldon),Gender and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Politics, Institutions and Intersectionality (Palgrave 2017, with Emanuela Lombardo). She is the Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Gender and Politics Book Series with Sarah Childs.