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Description of research and teaching

My research project "Unfit for Citizenship: Eugenics and the Pathologization of Gender Nonconformity" advances and reconstructs earlier scholarly literature on 20th century eugenic discourses by examining the phenomenon of gender reassignment -related sterilization legislation in Scandinavian countries from a queer-theoretical and historical perspective. The research project aims to understand and answer the following questions: 1) how do certain forms of embodiment and gender expression come to be viewed as legitimately subjected to state-sanctioned sterilization? 2) What do various moral, psychiatric and political techniques around gender non-conforming embodiment and subjectivity reveal about a society, the nation-state, and notions of citizenship?

I am interested in biopolitics, social and political constructions of the fit and able-bodied citizen, dynamics of racialization as well as feminist disability studies, transgender reproductive justice, self-determination and theorization of resistance. My research approach and interests are multidisciplinary and stem from personal interests in human rights activism.

My latest publication can be downloaded and read at:

"Unfit for Parenthood? Compulsory Sterilization and Transgender Reproductive Justice in Finland"

My research project is funded by Kone Foundation and is carried out at the University of Helsinki, Department of Gender Studies.


Teaching experience

  • SPT-375 Introduction to feminist trans- and disability studies (in Finnish). Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, fall 2018.

  • SPT-373 Feminist research on violence (in Finnish). Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, spring 2018.

  • Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action. Teaching Assistant for Prof. Ann Snitov, gender studies, The New School, USA. Fall, 2015.

  • WNA310 Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt. Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Spring 2014.

  • FFI220 The history of the mind-body problem. Department of Theoretical Philosophy, University of Helsinki, spring, 2008.

  • The History of the Philosophy of Mathematics (in Swedish). Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, fall 2007.




Education information


  • Ph.D in political theory, Department of Political Science, The New School for Social Research, USA, 2017. Advisor: Prof. Andreas Kalyvas.
  • Ph.D in gender studies, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki, 2016. Advisor: Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen.
  • MA in political science, Department of Political Science, The New School for Social Research (USA) 2010. Advisor: Prof. Andreas Kalyvas.
  • MA in philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2006. Advisor: doc. Martina Reuter.

Education/Academic qualification

Political theory , PhD, The New School for Social Research

31 Aug 201015 Dec 2017

Gender studies, PhD, Gender Studies

Aug 201023 Jan 2016

External positions

PhD, The New School for Social Research

31 Aug 201031 Dec 2017


  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • history of psychiatry
  • history of the prison institution
  • eugenics
  • racial hygiene
  • reproductive justice
  • ableism
  • transgender history
  • oral history
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • gender studies
  • transgender studies
  • critical masculinity studies
  • trans history
  • 611 Philosophy
  • biopolitics
  • racialization
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Michel Foucault
  • power
  • 517 Political science
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Human rights
  • totalitarianism
  • resistance
  • activism and agency

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2006 2019

In the shadow of eugenics: transgender sterilization legislation and the struggle for self-determination

Honkasalo, J. N. N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Emergence of Trans: Essays on Health, Culture and the Politics of Everyday Life. London & New York: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

When boys will not be boys: American eugenics and the formation of gender nonconformity as psychopathology

Honkasalo, J., 30 Nov 2016, In : Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies. 11, 4, p. 270–286 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Arendt and Feminism

Honkasalo, J. N. N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Bloomsbury Companion to Hannah Arendt. Gratton, P. & Sari, Y. (eds.). Bloomsbury, 28

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Community Building as a Strategy of Resistance

Honkasalo, J. N. N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame: Methods, Theories, Norms, Cultures, and Politics . Mun, C. (ed.). Lexington books

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Rohkeus kyseenalaistaa sukupuolinormeja [The courage to challenge gender norms]

Honkasalo, J. N. N., 8 Jan 2019, Kaikenlaista rohkeutta. Pulkkinen, T., Koskinen, H. & Hetemäki, I. (eds.). Gaudeamus, p. 85-96 11 p. 5

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Projects 2006 2019

Gender Studies Research Community

Elomäki, A., Al-Sharmani, M., Dahlgren, S., Engelberg, M., Haritaworn, J., Holli, A., Honkasalo, J., Hoppania, H., Ihrche-Åberg, I., Jokila, H., Kalha, H., Kantola, J., Kinnarinen, K., Kornak, J., Korsisaari, E. M., Koskinen, T., Kuosmanen, P. K., Kupari, H., Leclin, J., Moisala, P., Moring, A., Muravyeva, M., Niemi, J., Norocel, O. C., Nousiainen, K., Oikkonen, V., Oroza, S., Paasonen, S., Pakkanen, J., Palin, T., Patosalmi, M., Paunu, H., Pulkkinen, T., Raevaara, E., Ratinen, S., Repo, J., Roman-Lagerspetz, S., Rossi, L., Rundgren, H., Ruuskanen, M., Saari, M., Saarikangas, K., Salmesvuori, P., Saresma, T. A. M., Sorainen, A., Soronen, A., Svanström, M. E., Tsokkinen-Männistö, A., Tuomaala, S., Tuomi, L. M., Uimonen, M., Urponen, M., Urrio, E., Utriainen, T., Weide, M., Werner, L., Vuola, E., Vänskä, A. & Xu-Susiluoto, Q.

01/03/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Incorporating Vulnerability: a non-fragmented approach to feminist research on violence

Penttinen, E., Hast, S., Honkasalo, J. & Schwanck, A.


Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

Activities 2006 2019

Treatment or torture? A counterhistory of psychological and medical treatment of gender nonconforming youth. Keynote lecture, Queer Healings -annual conference.

Julian Honkasalo (Speaker: Keynote)
21 Oct 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Transgender parenthood in the era of climate change: a social justice perspective

Julian Honkasalo (Speaker)
25 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Politiikasta.fi (Journal)

Julian Honkasalo (Reviewer)
Mar 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Press / Media

Euroopan neuvoston konferenssi: Tavoitteena sukupuolten välinen tasa-arvo

Julian Honkasalo


1 item of media coverage

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Hyvissä aikeissa - TV-dokumenttisarja

Julian Honkasalo


1 item of media coverage

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Ruben Stiller: Montako sukupuolta on olemassa? Keskusteluohjelma

Julian Honkasalo


1 media contribution

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Nettiturvallisuus: Internet security

Julian Honkasalo


1 media contribution

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