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Niina is a Mellon/ACLS dissertation fellow and a visiting student at the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Princeton University. Niina is finalizing her dissertation Governing Sexuality, Producing Benevolent Nations - Commercial Sex and Migration in 'Nordic Model' of Prostitution that examines the increasing role that governing sexuality and gender play in contemporary neoliberal politics and state-making. She explores this question through a Swedish prostitution model focusing on punishing sex buyers that has come to define global politics around human trafficking and commercial sex. For her dissertation, Niina conducted 215 interviews and intensive fieldwork in three Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway).
Niina's academic publishing portfolio includes over 20 articles, book chapters, book reviews and research reports on the policies and politics of immigration, commercial sex, and healthcare. Her work has been published in journals, such as Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Cultural Studies, and in collected volumes Technoscience, Gender and Society and Assessing Prostitution Policies in Europe. Her work has been recognized by the Fulbright Foundation, the Visual Journalism of the Year Award, the American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, and the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology, among other. Her research has been featured in various newspapers, including The Economist and The New York Times.