Sofie Tornhill

Sofie Tornhill

Department of Social Studies Faculty of Social Sciences
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I have a PhD in political science and I am associate professor in gender studies.


I have extensive experience of teaching and course development in political science and gender studies, both theoretical and methodological courses, especially with a focus on ethnography and text analysis. I have experience of supervision at all levels, including doctoral level.


My research interests lie at the intersection of politics, global economic relations and intersectional power relations. I obtained my PhD in political science at Stockholm University with the thesis Capital Visions. The Politics of Transnational Production in Nicaragua (2010). The thesis was awarded the Rudolf Meidner Prize for research in the history of the trade union movement.

I have worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Freie Universität in Berlin, where I was associated with, an international research network on transnational inequalities in Latin America. During a second postdoctoral period at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, I worked on a project about gender equality initiatives of global corporations, which I investigated through ethnographic studies of empowerment programmes for micro-entrepreneurs in Mexico and South Africa. This study is the basis for the monograph The Business of Women's Empowerment: Corporate Gender Politics in the Global South.

Ongoing research projects:

Grassroots Initiatives for Energy Transition (GRIT)”, financed by the Swedish Energy Agency (2020-2024).

Between free and unfree labour. Labour market relations and the welfare society in Sweden 1880-2022”, financed by the Swedish Research Council (2020-2024).

“Making unpaid care and domestic work count: Frames, strategies and effects of new global partnerships”, financed by the Swedish Research Council (2023-2026).

“Navigating anti-LGBTQ politics and homonationalism: Precarity and social support structures among Russian and Ugandan queer migrants in Sweden”, financed by the Swedish Research Council (2023-2027).


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