Øster Farimagsgade 5, Postboks 2099, 1014 København K, CSS - Bygning 16, Opgang i, Bygning: 16.2.67
I am PI and coordinator for the Danish team in a large European research project funded by NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age research program ‘Extreme Identities: A Linguistic and Visual Analysis of European Far-Right Online Communities' Politics of Identity [ExId]’ (project start 2020).
I have been the PI of the EU co-funded research project “Translating Diversity—Refugee women's and LGBT refugees' voices, protest, and intersectional coalitions on gender and migration in Germany and Denmark” (2016-2018).
At the Department of Sociology, I coordinate the Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies and I am a member of the Culture and Civil Society Research Group and the KU’s Centre for Advanced Migration Studies. I co-chaired the European Sociological Association network on Social Movements (2010-13), and I hold a Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence (2009).
2013-2015 Assistant Professor of International Relations associated to the Department of Sociology, Women’s Research College Mount Holyoke, United States
2011-2012 Harvard Democracy Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
2010-2012 EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Irvine, Department of Sociology
My 43 publications include 13 peer-reviewed international journal articles. In my monograph Political Translation—How Social Movement Democracies Survive (Cambridge University Press, 2018) I investigate how and under what conditions increased linguistic and cultural diversity fosters democratic innovation in the areas of transnational social movements, intersectional coalitions with migrants, refugees, and minority groups, and local democracy and participation in globalized cities in Europe and the United States.
I study migration, political mobilisation, and intersectional approaches to civic participation focusing on three areas. First, I study the challenges of protest, solidarity, and intersectional coalition work on the issue of migration, gender, and LGBTI politics, based on case studies in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.
Second, I have developed a critical interdisciplinary method for conducting visual and digital media analysis, and I apply this method empirically in order to study political mobilisation, polarisation and public debates on the issues of gender and migration focusig on far right, and right wing populist political actors.
Third, my work connects democratic theory with the microsociology of citizen participation, deliberation and grassroots democracy in societies contending with rising diversity and inequality. In my book Political Translation—How Social Movement Democracies Survive (Cambridge University Press, 2018) I investigate how and under what conditions increased linguistic and cultural diversity fosters democratic innovation in the areas of transnational social movements and local democracy. I present the collective practices of political translation, which helped multilingual and culturally diverse community groups and intersectional coalitions work together more democratically. Based on ethnographic case studies in the US, Germany, Italy, France, and the UK, the analysis reviews a wide range of political deliberations covering high-stakes, fundamental issues, such as inequality in the context of European integration; and polarisation, race, gender, and housing politics and gentrification in the United States.