Jennifer Suchland

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Chair
Core Faculty

I am an interdisciplinary scholar, trained in political & feminist theory and area studies and now 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 post-coloniality.  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 with many OSU faculty and students, I am working on the Human Rights in Transit project, which is an Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme pilot project.

For recent publications see my page

Areas of Expertise
  • Law & Cultural Studies
  • Critical Human Rights
  • Critical Theory
  • Transnational Feminist Theories
  • Ph.D. at University of Texas, Austin in Government and Women's and Gender Studies, 2005
  • M.A. at University of Texas, Austin in Government, 2005
  • B.A. at Southwestern University in Political Science (with honors), 1996

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1775 College Road
Columbus, OH, 43210

Office Hours (Spring 2019): On leave